Esham’s lyrical style, which author Sara Cohen says “utilize[s] shocking (and blatantly over the top) narratives to give an over-exaggerated, almost cartoon-like version of urban deprivation in Detroit”, was derived from the style of the Geto Boys. Smith’s lyrics have focused on themes such as death, drug use, evil, paranoia and sex, and have included references to Satan. Smith refers to his performance style as “acid rap,” comparing the lyrics to hallucinations induced by LSD. Esham’s style has also been described as horrorcore hip hop.
Esham Attica Smith is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan known for his hallucinogenic style of hip hop which he refers to as “acid rap”, which fuses rock-based beats and lyrics involving subjects such as death, drug use, evil, paranoia and sex.