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Flatlinerz is a horrorcore group from New York City. Responsible for introducing the term "horrorcore" with their 1994 release USA (Under Satan's Authority).[5]


The group is Redrum (Jamel Simmons, nephew of Russell Simmons) and two other emcees: Gravedigger and Tempest. FLM was an extension of the Flatlinerz (Flatline Massive) which included artists Butter, Mayhem, and OMN999 (Omen).

Def Jam targeted the Flatlinerz as an alternative to Gangsta Rap, which was dominating hip hop music at that time.[] The term "Horrorcore" is a fusion of Hardcore Hip Hop and Horror.

The video for "Live Evil" featured Redrum rhyming while hanging from a noose. The second and last video ("Satanic Verses"), features Tempest eating guts from a body, Redrum restrained with rats crawling on him, and Gravedigger rhyming on a crucifix.

In June 2014, The Flatlinerz announced via Facebook, that it reformed and are working on a new project. In September 2014 it was announced that a 20th-anniversary release of U.S.A. The Definitive Creepy Collection which included new and lost tracks from the Flatlinerz.

On October 27, 2014, The Flatlinerz performed its first live performance in 20 years at Twiztid's Fright Fest show at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY with Kamp Crystal Lake and Kung Fu Vampire.

On June 6, 2016, The Flatlinerz released the first of a three part EP trilogy set titled "6ix: Chapter 1" via its Web site through the group's own newly formed independent label Horror House Entertainment. The album is a ten track EP of all brand-new Flatlinerz music.

On June 6, 2017, The Flatlinerz released the second installment of the 6ix trilogy titled "66ix: Chapter 2" on Horror House Entertainment. The EP has 7 brand new tracks and a bonus remix track of "Down Here" from Chapter 1. The first single off the album was "Da Linerz Iz Attackin" produced by Rockwilder.



Year Title Chart positions
U.S. R&B U.S. Heat
1994 U.S.A.
  • Released: September 6, 1994
  • Label: Def Jam
65 24

Compilation albums

Year Title
2014 Definitive Creepy Collection
  • Released: September 9, 2014
  • Label: Independent



  1. ^ Mickey Hess (2007). Is Hip Hop Dead?: The Past, Present, and Future of America's Most Wanted Music. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0275994619. Alice Cooper's horror-movie imagery may have inspired the hip hop genre known as horrorcore, in which artists like Ganxsta N.I.P., Gravediggaz, and The Flatlinerz imbue their lyrics with stories of horrific torture and murder. 
  2. ^ Peter Shapiro (2005). The Rough Guide to Hip-Hop. Rough Guides. ISBN 9781843532637. He calls his black-metal schtick "acid rap" and his splatter patter has influenced everyone from horrorcore artists the Flatlinerz to Motown neighbours Kid Rock, Insane Clown Posse, Kottonmouth Kingz and Eminem 
  3. ^ Passantino, Dom. (7 January 2005) Top ten Hip-Hop gimmicks of all time Stylus Magazine
  4. ^ "The Story Behind Def Jam's Worst-Selling, and Most Misunderstood, Album Ever". Village Voice.  (31 October 2014)
  5. ^ Hess, Mickey. Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture, Volume 2, p. 369. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 ISBN 9780313339042

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