Detroit Hip Hop Artist Celebrates Suicide Instead of Christmas on New Album

Detroit, MI — (SBWIRE) — 12/05/2012 — Now in stores is the horrifying new album, “Venus Flytrap”, from legendary Detroit hip-hop provocateur, Esham. Featuring 31 songs, Esham’s ultra-dark blend of shape shifting narratives channel visions of despair and mayhem in the Motor City’s decaying underworld. Demonic trap music, suicidal soul samples and merciless waves of bass anchor a collection of black hearted bangers that will not be spreading holiday cheer this December. Instead, Esham devilishly draws listeners into his Mecca of debauchery and sugarcoats nothing as he hopelessly circumnavigates hell on earth.

Esham is considered to be one of the most prolific artists in the history of rap music and Venus Flytrap is his 34th and final studio album. Since 1988, he’s served as the cornerstone of Detroit’s hardcore hip hop scene and is credited for the creation of the “acid rap” subgenre (a vicious mutation of gangsta rap where terrifying urban lore, anti-organized religious themes and drug infused, sexploitation rule). While rappers made millions glorifying themselves as drug kingpins, pimps and killers, Esham is known for his more unconventional approach: Exploring new ways to kill himself on wax.

His ongoing defiance of the music industry includes feud’s with Eminem, Kid Rock, Royce 5’9″ and Insane Clown Posse that have left his career laughably ostracized. Too explicit for the byzantine rules of radio and MTV, Esham’s unabashed honesty as not only an artist, but as an ex-record label CEO, recklessly stabs at competitors and authority. As a career underdog, Esham has shunned major label deals and instead used the ruins of Detroit as the backdrop for his self-made videos. His ferocious DIY, “open source”, recording strategy continues to delight his cult fans who celebrate his crafty ability to go pound for pound against artists with much larger budgets and exposure.

Venus Flytrap is now available on CD at FYE, Best Buy and most independent retailers in the U.S. Digital is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Soundcloud.

For press inquiries, please contact James Smith at Aknu Media at (248) 266-0675 or email at

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Esham “Bath Salts” Video –

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01. vertigo
02. cyanogenis glycoside
03. bath salts
04. thiosulphate
05. wolfsbane
06. monkshood
07. dolls eyes
08. devils cherry
09. cyanobacteria
10. poison snakeweed
11. xanthium
12. intermittent fasting
13. delosperma acuminatum
14. acacia polyacantha
15. zanthoxylum arborescens
16. echinopsis peruviana
17. Dionaea muscipula
18. salvia divinorum
19. pandanicide
20. sinicuichi
21. peyote
22. Claviceps
23. neurolathyrism
24. tetrodotoxin
25. silene capensis
26. Scopolamine
27. Higgs Boson
28. Tetrahydrocannabinol
29. myristicin
30. brainwreck
31. C2H5OH

3 responses to “Detroit Hip Hop Artist Celebrates Suicide Instead of Christmas on New Album


  2. Here’s a preview of Wicked Music Monthly’s upcoming Tribute\Review for Esham’s new (and possibly final) album:
    “Venus Flytrap”.
    Stay tuned for the rest in our Dec\Jan issue of Wicked Music Monthly…coming soon!

    Written By: Jay Raoul

    In the late-1980’s, during the Just Say No era of politics, and Detroit, Michigan leading the nations capitol in murders-per-year, Esham and James Smith (aka Dead Boy) were in the laboratory mixing up pure LSD. Not the drug, but the music… Acidrap, of course.
    In 1989, between the age of thirteen and fourteen years old, Esham released his first album, Esham’s Boomin’ , which now is a rare collectors item and selling for as much as fifteen hundred dollars on Ebay. Since then, he’s been consistently dropping at least one album, EP, or mixtape each, and every year – for the past twenty-three years!
    Most all of Esham’s (original \ pre-TVT ) back-catalog is a rare find these days. I used to own (almost) every single RLP album\EP (before TVT redistributed the back-catalog in 2000) on either cassette tape, CD, or both. I also had just about every flyer, ticket stub, poster, decal, and a stack of “esham money” from shows – all plastered to the walls of my residence. The majority of it was given away or sold by a hateful bitch. But, I still cherish the few tapes and CD’s I have left from the old days, and continuously add on to my RLP collection every chance I get, to this very day.
    Once Esham decided to link up with AKNU Media, Esham Presents: The Butcher Shop was released in 2008, followed by Sacrificial Lambz, Suspended Animation, DMT Sessions, and several other extended additions, leftovers, and mixtapes- all just in the past four years! That’s nothing new to him, though. Esham has been the most hard-working, and underrated artist in the rap game for the past twenty-three years, and this may just be the very last album we ever hear from the creator of both aciprap, and the wicket shit!
    Recently, Esham released the following statement: “This [TVFT]will be my last studio album do to unseen negative forces… I hope you all like it and understand my pain thank you for your continued support much love and respect… FREE DEADBOY!”. Then, on his website\forum,, a photo was posted of Esham in white chef -pant\coat\cap, studying culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu College. That’s right. It appears as though Esham Smith is studying to be a cook\chef, after over two decades as one of the most influential, controversial, and multi-talented musicians of all-time. One cannot blame Esham for retiring and wanting to do something different, granted this isn’t another trick on the fans similar to the rumor of his death in 1994.* (see below)
    Ever since the age of fourteen, I’ve never (at will) missed the opportunity to purchase the new Esham, Natas, or Mastamind album on (or in the case of Venus Flytrap; before) the day of it’s release, I cant’ say that about any other rap artist out today. I support ALL my favorite underground artists by buying their albums, going to shows, etc., however when it comes to Acidrap and The Wicket Shit, I treat each album release date and\or concert like a special occasion. I count-down the days like a kid waiting on Christmas, or a convict awaiting his\her out-date.
    It was no different this time, except I happened to, by chance, be at the local mall with the family a few days prior to the release date, and stumbled upon it while ritually scanning the shelves at FYE. There is no way I would have been able to put that CD back on the shelf once I had it in my hand. I bought it, and had to endure the grueling fifteen minute long drive home (our CD player’s messed up in the car right now) before I could even begin listening to it!
    After listening to this album in it’s entirety at least a dozen times since I purchased it three days ago, I can honestly say that, in my opinion, Venus Flytrap is one of Esham’s best\most creative albums of his lengthy career, and the most “wicket” Esham album since 2001’s Toungues.
    Read further, as we review the alleged “Final Esham Album”: Venus Flytrap. Find out what makes this album worthy of praise, homage, and best wishes to Esham. Plus, read comments\thoughts from other die-hard fans, artists, suicidalists\day oners, etc. on the retirement of a living legend.

    *With the release of the classic 1994 album: Closed Casket, the following dates are displayed on the front of the album cover: “1973-1994”.

    (…to be continued…)


  3. deathwish will pay for his sins

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