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“Mind Playing Tricks On Me” by the Geto Boys
“Mind Playing Tricks On Me” has been dubbed “hip hop’s anxiety anthem” as it details the frightening experiences of three men who are suffering from anxiety, paranoia, post-traumatic stress, and hallucinations that are directly linked to their dangerous lifestyle. The title of the song was inspired by Scarface’s grandmother, whom he overheard mumbling to herself one day around the house.
“It was a strange way of how he came about it,” she told MTV. “I come through the room and I think I was just kinda mumbling to myself or my lips was working or something. He said, ‘Mawmaw, what you talking about?’ I said, ‘Oh nothing, my mind’s just playing tricks on me.’ And didn’t have no idea he was gonna go out and be making a song about it.”