"Gravediggaz" was a hardcore hip hop group from New York City, well-known for their dark sense of humor and abrasive, menacing soundscapes. The group was formed in 1994 and was effectively a "supergroup", bringing together Prince Paul (formerly producer with De La Soul and Stetsasonic), Frukwan from Stetsasonic, Too Poetic from the Brothers Grym, and RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan (who at the time of Gravediggaz' formation had only just released their first album). The group are widely credited as being one of the most influential and pioneering groups in the small hip hop subgenre of horrorcore.
The group's first album was originally titled ''Niggamortis''; however, the potentially risqué title was changed to ''6 Feet Deep'' for the American market (European versions of the album retained the original title, and also included the bonus track "Pass The Shovel"). Released on August 9 1994, ''6 Feet Deep'' was a mix of black humor, cartoonish violence reminiscent of the Geto Boys, esoteric references to the Five Percent Nation of Gods and Earths, and gritty, foreboding beats reminiscent of RZA's work with the Wu-Tang Clan. The four members adopted Gravedigga alter-egoes for the...
|origin||New York, USA|
|music genre||Hip hop music|