Rashaam Attica Smith (born September 20, 1973), better known by his stage name Esham, is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Emerging as one of the first ever hip-hop artists from Detroit, Esham released his debut studio album, Boomin’ Words from Hell in 1989 at the age of 16. Since then, he has gone on to release 15 studio albums in total, and also formed the hip hop/horrorcore group Natas in 1992. He and his brother James Smith founded and ran the biggest-selling independent hip hop label in Detroit, Reel Life Productions, until its closure in 2001.

As one of the first rappers to receive attention in the city, Esham is considered to be a pioneer of Detroit hip hop, as well as the hip-hop subgenre horrorcore. His influence eventually fueled the careers of other Detroit hip hop artists such as Kid Rock, Eminem, and Insane Clown Posse.

Esham is known for incorporating elements of rock music in his beats, and his lyrics cover a number of subjects, including death, drug use, evil, paranoia and sex. Esham refers to his style of music as “acid rap”.


Boomin’ Words from Hell (1989)
Erotic Poetry (1991)
Homey Don’t Play (1991)
Judgement Day (1992)
Life After Death (w/ Natas) (1992)
Hellterskkkelter (1993)
KKKill the Fetus (1993)
Closed Casket (1994)
Blaz4me (w/ Natas) (1994)
Maggot Brain Theory (1994)
Doubelievengod (w/ Natas) (1995)
Dead Flowerz (1996)
Detroit Dogshit (1996)
Bruce Wayne: Gothom City 1987 (1997)
Multikillionaire: The Devil’s Contract (w/ Natas) (1997)
Mail Dominance (1999)
WicketWorldWide.COM (w/ Natas) (1999)
Bootleg: From the Vault, Vol. 1 (2000)
Tongues (2001)
Acid Rain (2002)
Repentance (2003)
Check Your Shit In Bitch! (as Converse, w/ Psychopathic Rydas) (2004)
Limited Edition EP (as Converse, w/ Psychopathic Rydas) (2004)
A-1 Yola (2005)
Furious (as Mr. Spade, w/ Soopa Villainz) (2005)
N of tha World (w/ Natas) (2006)
Judgement Day Vol. 3 (2006)
Judgement Day Vol. 4 (2006)
Martyr Sity EP (2006)
It Ain’t Safe No More (as Mr. Spade, w/ Soopa Villainz) (2006)
Lamb Chopz (2007)
Sacrificial Lambz (2008)
Esham 4 Mayor (2008)
The Butcher Shop (2008)
I Ain’t Cha Homey (2009)
Hellaween: Pure Horror (2009)
World Hustle EP (2009)
The Vatican (w/ Natas) (2009)
Sacrificial Lambz Leftovers (2009)
Doin Every Thang (w/ D.E.T.) (2009)
Suspended Animation (2010)
Suspended Extended (2010)
DMT Sessions (2011)
Holy Black Mamba (2011)
Death of an Indie Label (2011)
Venus Fly Trap LP (2012)
DMT Sessions 2 (2012)
FUQERRBDY (w/ Natas) (2014)
Dichotomy (2015)
Reel Life Hits & Acid Trips (2016)
Scribble (2017)
Dead of Winter (2018)
Hit List (w/ Soopa Villainz) (2019)
She Loves Me (2020)
She Loves Me Not (2020)
Psyops (2021)
Obliteration (w/ Violent J and Ouija Macc) (2023)
Purgatory (2023)
Rampage (w/ 3 Headed Monster) (2023)

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