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32 Most Memorable Juggalos at the 2012 Gathering

There’s the Juggalo whose annual tradition is barbecuing naked, except for an apron. There’s the Juggalo who walked all the way to the Gathering from Oregon. There’s the Juggalo with the Batman mask, the Speedo, and the protruding belly named Mikey who dressed that way on a dare. There’s the devil Juggalo, the Bane Juggalo, the babydoll Juggalo. They’re only a handful of the Juggalos we met this past weekend at the 13th annual Gathering in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois. Meet the rest.

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LGBT representation onstage at the Gathering.
LGBT representation onstage at the Gathering.

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He walked here from Oregon. No, really.
He walked here from Oregon. No, really.

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This Juggalo has a connect-the-dots Hatchetman tattoo on his leg.
This Juggalo has a connect-the-dots Hatchetman tattoo on his leg.

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Red Shaggy
Red Shaggy

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The Mighty Death Pop and the Wraith personified
The Mighty Death Pop and the Wraith personified

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Her hat says 'Juggalette'
Her hat says ‘Juggalette’

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Little Juggalette
Little Juggalette

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Bare-butt Juggalo
Bare-butt Juggalo

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Naked grilling Juggalo
Naked grilling Juggalo

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Bane Juggalo
Bane Juggalo

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His name is Mikey.
His name is Mikey.

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Juggalos Classify FBI as a Gang

It’s an annual tradition to tag the Port-a-Potties and shower trailers at the Gathering of the Juggalos. This year was no different, except that the graffiti’s message shifted from its usual slate of insular rallying cries (“Whoop Whoop,” “Down With the Clown,” etc.) to focus on this past year’s major development: the FBI’s insistence that Juggalos are a national ‘gang’ who pose a security threat to this nation. Insane Clown Posse begs to differ, announcing on Friday they will challenge this gang-list distinction in court; as Shaggy 2 Dope told us “We’re doing the American thing–we’re suing.” Juggalos don’t agree either, and have a point: who’s really the gang here?

Please enjoy the rest of this weekend’s FBI-related graffiti below. Also, “Fuck the FBI” accented with a smiley face? Essential Juggalo.

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Insane Clown Posse Talk the FBI, Juggalos, and the Gang Classification: “We’re Doing the American Thing–We’re Suing”

“At first, I laughed! Just like everybody else,” Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J admits, seated on his tour bus. “Now I just realize how fucked up it is.” It’s this past Friday afternoon at the Gathering of the Juggalos and the Detroit horrorcore emcee is recalling his initial reaction to the news that the federal government officially considers his band’s fans a national security threat. Less than 30 minutes ago, Violent J and his partner-in-rhyme Shaggy 2 Dope announced their plans to sue the FBI at their annual seminar and they’re both still visibly reeling from the audience’s joyously moving reaction. (Shaggy got goosebumps. Violent J’s hand visibly shook.)

Spend an hour wandering around the Gathering and you’ll hear story after story after story about cops, schools, and bureaucracies discriminating against Juggalos for wearing Insane Clown Posse gear and their label’s Hatchetman logo. There’s the guy who lost his kids to a foster home because of his tattoo. There’s the Juggalo who was discharged from the United States military for having a Psychopathic Records CD. There’s the Wisconsin kid who was forbidden from wearing Insane Clown Posse shirts to school, but didn’t have money for new clothes, so he kept getting suspended.

“I know it’s just Juggalos and to a lot of people out there, that’s the lowest life form,” acknowledges Violent J. “But they’re being fucked with heavily. And this is some extraordinary shit that’s happening to us.”

The FBI’s distinction also has personal and professional implications for the two entertainers: If their fanbase is a gang, that effectively makes them kingpins. For two fathers and ruthlessly independent company owners with real families and real names (Joe Bruce is Violent J, Joey Utsler is Shaggy), the ‘gang’ stigma could have seriously crippling consequences.

“You’re trying to grow love in your country and shit,” says Shaggy 2 Dope. “Then the head of your country–the FBI–just turns around and fucking kicks you in the nuts. How are you supposed to respond to that?” He and J could only identify one option. “We’re doing the American thing–we’re suing.”

An edited excerpt of our conversation follows.

Why did you guys decide to do this?

Violent J: All the horror stories. The more that happens, the more time goes by, the more I’m thinking about it at home, watching TV, in my car. The more I’m realizing the scope of it.

Shaggy: If we don’t do something about it now? A few years down the line, they will slowly be crushing [our] shit. Nip it in the fucking bud.

Violent J: It’s scary. I’m not going to front. It’s fucking scary. The more I think about it, the scarier it is.

When did you decide to sue?

Shaggy: It wasn’t too long ago, but it wasn’t too short ago. We were sitting on this for a minute.

Violent J: We had to find the right attorneys. We didn’t want someone who was like, [doubtful patronizing voice] “I don’t know about that.”

What do you hope to get out of this lawsuit?

Violent J: In a perfect world, I hope that organizations will stand up and say, “I hate ICP, I don’t give a fuck about them or the Juggalos, but this is fucked up.” I hope that enough pressure goes on the FBI and enough bigwigs take our side in this and actually say, “Look, [it doesn’t matter] who they are, it’s still fucked up what’s happening to them.” And then we actually get taken off the list.

Even if we lose, at least we said, “Hey man, fuck you.” We can’t say that we’re just going to beat the FBI, but at least we’re trying–and we’re trying sincerely. We will spend everything we got.

I don’t want our legacy to be that five years from now, everybody accepts the word “gang” [as a classification of Juggalos]. That’s where it’s headed and it hasn’t even been 12 months. If we don’t do shit about it, five years from now, Juggalos will not be known as this family of love who stands against fashion and culture and does its own thing–it will be known as a fucking gang! And all of our accomplishments will be shit.

All of our company, and all of those [Psychopathic Records’ employees] who put 20 years for us, helping us with our dream, and it became their dream? All of it is for shit. All of it is for shit in the end. [Pause] Just a gang. [Pause] Just a no-good street gang.

You’ve told me before that you used to like this country.

Violent J: When people ask, “How come your shit isn’t as mad as it used to be?” [I explain that] when we started rapping, when we were kids–we come from broken-ass homes–but then we applied ourselves to this dream and we succeeded. We’re not as mad anymore at the world. We’re not as bitter about things because I realized if you want something, all you gotta do is bust ass and you can have it. Even if it’s something twisted and weird like this. If we can get away with what we’re doing and be this successful, we’re not complaining no more about how this country’s set up.

How has this FBI situation changed your opinion of the country?

Shaggy: You’re trying to grow love in your country and shit. Then the head of your country–the FBI–just turns around and fucking kicks you in the nuts. How are you supposed to respond to that?

Violent J: It’s like, “Maybe I was wrong–you can’t have whatever you want.” Maybe we were wrong–you can’t do something without corporate sponsorship. They will shut you down eventually.

Was there ever a point when you’re talking about this and you were like, maybe we shouldn’t do this?

Violent J: It’s the opposite of that. Right now, we’re here at the Gathering. And it’s like ‘Get em!’ Then I get home and I’m looking at my family and I start to get scared.

The more I think about it, the bigger the rock in my stomach gets, and the more worried I get, and the more fucking passionate about fucking doing something about it I get. It really is everything. It really can kill us. It really can. It’s fucking terrifying.

Have you thought about how this gang classification would affect your kids?

Shaggy: Of course. We’ve been [hanging out] with people and like, “What if this motherfucker is bugged right now?” You know what I’m saying? What if they have cameras on my kids going to school? How does that look? What if my kids get taken out of their class because of what I do?

Violent J: I want to raise my son as a Juggalo. Even if he himself doesn’t want to be a Juggalo, I want him to love and respect Juggalos. If he’s going to college one day, somebody’s like “Fuck Juggalos” I want my son to be like, “Fuck you.” Even if he’s something else, I want him to be like, “Fuck you, I was raised by Juggalos.” But now, all of that is in jeopardy. I don’t want my son to be proud to be in a street gang when he’s in college.

And what if they fight back now and really apply the pressure? There’s no telling how they’re going to combat this because it’s never fucking happened.

I think even people who hate your music are going to impressed–this is a bold response. As long as you file the paperwork, as long as it doesn’t fade away, as long as you do this, I think people will respect you for this.

Violent J: To us though? It’s way beyond not seeing it through possibly. This could destroy us. Could destroy everything we’ve fucking done. And when you’ve done it for 20 years? That’s a motherfucker, man. This has the potential to destroy everything we’ve built and put a fucking taint on it.

Shaggy: And that will be our legacy in the end–gangbangers.

Violent J: There is no possibility of not seeing this through. We’re here to do this. We’re here to fucking survive. We’re here to fucking live and do another 20 years. Most importantly, to at least let the Juggalos know we care. That we said something about it.

Whether we can win or not? [pause] But not doing anything is sure suicide. It’s a sure way to take your beautiful painting and piss all over it. And it sucks.

The line outside the Juggalos for Justice trailer immediately following the FBI announcement.
The line outside the Juggalos for Justice trailer immediately following the FBI announcement.

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Insane Clown Posse To Sue the FBI (!!!)
Ten Already Arrested at the Gathering of the Juggalos (And It Doesn’t Start Until Tomorrow)
Your Frighteningly In-Depth Guide To Insane Clown Posse’s Upcoming Record The Mighty Death Pop!
Live from Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering of the Juggalos
Tila Tequila vs. The Gathering of the Juggalos: An Eyewitness Account

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Insane Clown Posse Is Suing the FBI (!!!)

CAVE-IN-ROCK, ILLINOIS — Last fall, the FBI officially named Juggalos “a loosely-organized hybrid gang.” This afternoon, Insane Clown Posse announced at the annual Gathering of the Juggalos “seminar,” a veritable State of the Juggalo Union address given to “the heartbeat of the entire Juggalo world,” that they were planning to sue the FBI in response.

In the agency’s “2011 National Gang Threat Assessment” report, the FBI identified Juggalos (“traditionally fans of the musical group the Insane Clown Posse”) as a “hybrid gang,” specifically “a criminal organization formed on the street” on par the Crips, Bloods, and MS-13. Prior to that, four states individually recognized Juggalos as a gang: California, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Arizona.

Just last month, a 20-year-old Albuquerque Juggalo who’d missed probation after serving time for charges related to two underlying armed robbery cases ended up on New Mexico’s Most Wanted list, his highly-sought fugitive status linked to his explicit affiliation to the “Insane Clown Posse ‘Juggalo'” gang.

“The judge is not going to sentence [people like] him as a civilian,” Violent J told the crowd, referencing that case and others like it. “The judge is going to sentence you as a gang member selling weed.”

Today, Psychopathic Records launched JuggalosFightBack.com, a web site where Juggalos who believe their legal rights have been violated can submit their stories for the label’s legal team to review at no cost. The company has also set up a booth at the Gathering where Juggalos could share their experiences with the Detroit lawyer who’d be building the case against the government.

That silly thing about the FBI classifying Juggalos as a gang? It really isn’t a joke.

UPDATE, 5:40pm CST

Here’s the official press release.

INSANE CLOWN POSSE AND PSYCHOPATHIC RECORDS RETAIN LEGAL COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE AND PURSUE LEGAL ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THE NATIONAL GANG INTELLIGENCE CENTER’S 2011 NATIONAL GANG THREAT ASSESSMENT

Musical Group to Spearhead Campaign to Defend the Rights of its Fan Base the Juggalos

CAVE-IN-ROCK, IL and LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 10, 2012 – Speaking to their fans and media on the site of their 13th annual “Gathering of the Juggalos” music festival, the Insane Clown Posse expressed concern for the well-being of their fan base, which was labeled a “gang” by The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Gang Intelligence Center’s 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. To that end, the duo of Violent J (Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (Joseph Utsler) announced that they, along with Psychopathic Records, have retained legal counsel to investigate and pursue legal action including monetary compensation and/or other injunctive relief on behalf of their fan base, the Juggalos.

The 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment lists Insane Clown Posse’s fans, known as Juggalos, under “non-traditional gangs.” The report places Juggalos among such notorious entities as the Aryan Brotherhood, Bloods, Crips and the Latin Kings and states, “…many Juggalos subsets exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence. Law enforcement officials in at least 21 states have identified criminal Juggalo sub-sets….”

Shaggy 2 Dope stated, “It’s been almost a year since Juggalos were put on the National Gang Threat Assessment and we are hearing too many stories from our fans about the trouble it’s causing them. Just because you like a music group, doesn’t make you a criminal.”

Violent J said, “We’re not attacking the FBI, but they got this wrong. The Juggalos are not a gang, and that needs to be fixed.”

Video of the Insane Clown Posse’s making their official statement at the “Gathering of the Juggalos” today can be viewed shortly at www.juggalosfightback.com.

Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records’ legal counsel, Howard Hertz of Hertz Schram PC, has released the following statement:
“We are seeking individual Juggalos whose rights have been violated as a result of the mistaken belief that they are a ‘gang member.’ If you or someone you know has suffered any negative consequence with an employer, governmental representative, including law enforcement, border patrol, airline security, or other local, state or federal governmental agency or employee as a result of your status as a Juggalo, we want to know about it.

We are seeking individuals who have experienced any of the following based on a government employee or other’s knowledge of the Juggalo ‘gang’ status as stated in the 2011 National Gang Assessment:

1. Stopped by Border Patrol (U.S., Canadian or otherwise)

2. Stopped or denied ability to fly on an airline

3. Increased criminal sentencing or denial of parole

4. Transfer of a juvenile criminal offender from juvenile court to circuit (“adult”) court

5. Denial of job opportunity, loss of employment

6. Denial of permit to march, boycott, assemble

7. Denial of a vendor to sell Juggalo merchandise

8. An injunction preventing the Juggalos from congregating in any area, wearing Juggalo clothing, displaying tattoos

9. Pulled over or detained by law enforcement

10. Any other denial of a right, liberty, property”

The law firm of Hertz Schram urges Juggalos who meet the above criteria to share their experiences with their legal team at no charge. Juggalos are asked to fill out a short questionnaire that may be completed online at www.juggalosfightback.com.

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That Silly Thing About the FBI Classifying Juggalos as a Gang? It’s No Joke.
Your Frighteningly In-Depth Guide To Insane Clown Posse’s Upcoming Record The Mighty Death Pop!
Live from Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering of the Juggalos
Tila Tequila vs. The Gathering of the Juggalos: An Eyewitness Account

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That Silly Thing About the FBI Classifying Juggalos as a Gang? It’s No Joke.

Last week, the U.S. Marshal’s Service issued a press release with this headline: “Gang Member Removed from New Mexico’s Most Wanted.” The apprehended menace in question was 20-year-old Mark Anthony Carlson, a white 140-pound male wanted on a felony bench warrant for missing probation. His gang affiliation? The “Insane Clown Posse ‘Juggalo'” gang.

Some context: The FBI apparently believes Insane Clown Posse fans are a threat to America. No, really. The government agency made this abundantly clear last fall, when the bureau released its “2011 National Gang Threat Assessment” report on emerging trends and, for the first time publicly, officially classified Juggalos as one such threat–“a criminal organization formed on the street” lumped in with the Crips, Bloods, and MS-13. In a footnote, the 98-page document categorized Juggalos as “traditionally fans of the musical group the Insane Clown Posse” who belonged to a nebulous “hybrid gang” category explained thusly [page 22]:

Because of their multiple affiliations, ethnicities, migratory nature, and nebulous structure, hybrid gangs are difficult to track, identify, and target as they are transient and continuously evolving.

That same definition could be applied to, I dunno, college undergrads, hipsters, off-duty garbage men. But here it’s strapped on Juggalos, along with the Latin Kings. (“Social networking websites are a popular conveyance for Juggalo sub-culture to communicate and expand,” the document also helpfully noted.)

Initially, this seemed amusingly ludicrous, another example of a federal agency looking foolish for its cultural ineptitude. “The FBI has recently had difficulty distinguishing ordinary American Muslims from terrorists,” wrote Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman, who first wrote about the FBI’s Juggalo gang-list inclusion. “Now it appears it has a similar problem distinguishing teenage fads from criminal conspiracies.” Except that a seemingly silly judgment tucked away in a federal document is beginning to have tangible consequences.

Carlson, whose name wasn’t important enough to spell correctly on the press release announcing his capture, had already served a two-year sentence in county jail for convictions related to two armed robberies, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Whether or not he would’ve been put on New Mexico’s Most Wanted List without the Juggalo association is unclear–we’re still waiting to hear back from the U.S. Marshal’s Office. But the first press release announcing his highly-sought fugitive status suggests Carlson’s dangerous because of his explicit affiliation to two face-painted clown rappers.

Mark Anthony Carslon A.K.A. Mark Carlton is wanted on two felony warrants for failing to comply with the terms of probation both on underlying armed robbery cases. Carlson is a member of the Insane Clown Posse “Juggalo” gang. The “Juggalos” were recently classified as a gang by the Albuquerque Police Department Gang unit and it is believed that Carlson is still actively committing armed robberies in the Albuquerque Metro area.

Even more mind-boggling, Carlson’s Most Wanted poster:

The Wanted Poster actually says the band name Insane Clown Posse. Do these look like kingpins to you?

Meanwhile, today is the second day of the Gathering of the Juggalos, which has gone smoothly after some initial arrests. Hardin County Sheriff Joyce Cullison, whose jurisdiction includes the festival’s Cave-In-Rock location, told us on Tuesday that the FBI hadn’t been in touch with her office. “I’m sure they’re following them,” she said. “They know every move they’re making.”

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Live from Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering of the Juggalos
Tila Tequila vs. The Gathering of the Juggalos: An Eyewitness Account

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Ten Already Arrested at the Gathering of the Juggalos (And It Doesn’t Start Until Tomorrow)

The Gathering of the Juggalos, a post-apocalyptic five-day wicked-clown festival we may have told you about once or 379 times, begins tomorrow in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. Tomorrow, as in not today. Yet this has not stopped Insane Clown Posse fans from traversing the far ends of the Juggalo universe to find family love more than a day early. Right now, there is currently a very long line of cars backed up along the local road that leads to festival grounds HogRock Campground, full of overzealous clowns waiting for the gates to open.

This is one gridlocked view of the scene, posted around one pm CST:

“They started jamming traffic up a little after six this morning,” Hardin County Sheriff Joyce Cullison told us this afternoon. The Illinois State Police, who’re providing back-up for the local force for the second year, responded accordingly, patrolling the Cave-In-Rock route, giving out tickets, and making arrests.

“We’ve had 10 or 15 in four or five hours,” says Cullison. Six involved drug charges (“Not a large amount either”), one for unpaid child support. The rest were apprehended for lacking auto insurance, vehicle registration, or driving with a revoked license. No weapons have been found, Cullison notes, “so far.”

“We got one upstairs who might be extradited,” says the Sheriff, referring to the alleged deadbeat dad. Everyone else bonded out. “It’s been a long day. Imagine what tomorrow’s going to be when it opens.”

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Danny Brown Calls Playing the Gathering of the Juggalos “Kind of Cool”

The highlights of Danny Brown’s 2012 summer performance schedule are fairly predictable bookings for the sort of skinny-jeans Fool’s Gold rapper who’s a part of what SPIN’s taken to calling Rap’s New Underground: Berlin’s street-fashion orgy Bread & Butter, Chicago’s indie party Pitchfork Festival, this past weekend’s nu-rave grind Hard Summer. But then this Thursday, the Detroit lifer will play Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering of the Juggalos, a five-day psycho-porn amusement park that Tom Green once compared to the cinematic disease-apocalypse 28 Days Later.

“It’s kind of cool to me,” Brown admitted to us last week over the phone. “I was like, ‘Damn, you know, that’s kind of crazy.'”

What’s “crazy” to Brown isn’t the irony or comedy of opening for grown men who wear evil clown face-paint and rap about their nuts, it’s that Insane Clown Posse were a formidable presence for Brown’s growing up in Detroit. “No,” he says when asked if ICP were a joke among his peers. “You had people who really fucked with their shit. Kids in early high school — like ninth or tenth grade — a lot of kids were really into [horrorcore OG] Esham and ICP and that’s all they would listen to. They didn’t listen to commercial rap or anything else, but only what went on in that Psychopathic [Records] world. They had their own little clique of people.”

Brown’s savvy enough to realize that performing for 10,000 of such loyalists is an opportunity. “Being from Detroit, everything ICP has done, and knowing their fan base, and how the movement is,” he reasons, “If they [ICP] fuck with somebody, then their people fuck with somebody. If I could at least gain 20 percent of their fan base when I leave that place, then I’ve done my job.”

There’s always a chance it will go horribly wrong. Juggalos are infamous for throwing junk at performers they don’t appreciate–in 2010, they threw poo at topless fameball Tila Tequila (our eyewitness report). What if he gets pelted with garbage when he plays? “If I don’t get hurt or nothing, then I’m not tripping on it,” says Brown. “If it hurts, then, it’s an easy paycheck–cut the set short, it’s over with, I ain’t tripping, I got my check, I’ll go home,” then adding, “I’m there to do a job. I’m old, I don’t care. Give me the money.”

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Your Frighteningly In-Depth Guide To Insane Clown Posse’s Upcoming Record The Mighty Death Pop!, Featuring Kreayshawn, Ice Cube, Color Me Badd, and a Christina Aguilera Cover

On August 14, Insane Clown Posse will deliver their 12th studio album, The Mighty Death Pop! The last time Detroit’s finest punching bags released a full-length original album, September 2009’s Bang! Pow! Boom!, they gave the world “Miracles,” an unintentionally hilarious viral-video ode to giraffes, “fucking rainbows,” and the magic of natural phenomena that brought the wicked harlequins a flood of renewed mainstream attention/derision. Throughout the ultimately favorable 18 months that followed — as Insane Clown Posse went from mean-spirited meme to unlikely Jack White collaborator to Kitchen-sponsored performance-art indulgence — the facepainted white-rap scrubs haven’t had a new traditional product to sell. So the Saturday Night Live ribbing, the George Lopez cameo, the recent Tosh.0 appearance has mostly been a result of ICP’s evergreen existence, bolstered by those unbelievably unbelievable YouTube clips and the band’s annual tradition of staging the Gathering of the Juggalos — a primal, affordable, independent, and somewhat hazardous music festival that atrocity-minded tourists could easily infiltrate.

So what to make of the fact that Insane Clown Posse will finally have a new product on shelves of your local Best Buy? One with guest appearances by Color Me Badd, Ice Cube, and Kreayshawn, plus covers of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” and Tears for Fears’ “Shout”? One with tracks entitled “Juggalo Juice” and “Scrubstutite Teachers”?

Let’s not answer that now. Let us instead examine The Mighty Death Pop!‘s contents.

The Mighty Death Pop! Infomercial

The Supernatural Backstory to The Mighty Death Pop!

The Mighty Death Pop! is about the untimely consequences of reckless hedonism. “Some people play games with their own mortality,” Violent J recently explained to Psychopathic’s esteemed in-house publication, the Hatchet Herald. “They try and impress their friends by doing outrageous stunts and taking stupid chances with death. They gamble. Playing with your life certainly can be attractive because of all the attention, the pats on your back, and everybody saying how brave and fuckin’ crazy you are! Almost seductive in some ways. He continues, “When you take big chances with your life you’re obviously not considering the very real possibility of The Death Pop enough. It’s all good and exciting until POP! Then the fun instantly dies. SHUT OFF. The Sudden Black Out. The Death Pop doesn’t torture these reckless souls; he just suddenly pulls their plug out.”

A Brief Primer on ICP’s Joker Card Phantasmagoria

ICP’s homespun theology is a purgatorial afterlife called the Dark Carnival. Violent J, the Penn to Shaggy 2 Dope’s Teller, claims that many years ago, he had a nocturnal vision of a jester teleporting him to a scary fair where a white-gloved clown tossed down six Joker cards. This dream, he insists, was the inspiration for ICP’s six concept albums, each one based on a different character that embodied six evil aspects of human nature. “You see yourself in different reflections, and you have a chance to change yourself before your ending comes,” VJ once explained to shock-rocker Alice Cooper, who guested on The Great Milenko. When the last album in the series came out, a weirdly serious nu-metal release called The Wraith, it revealed that the figure behind Insane Clown Posse’s theology was God. The hymnal’s chorus rallied: “And may the Juggalos fiiiiiiiiiiind Him!” [We’ve said this before.]

The Joker Card parables were supposed to end there. But J and Shaggy found themselves essentially blocked after having devoted a decade to the amusement-park supernatural. So Bang! Pow! Boom! became the first avatar of a second deck, followed by this August’s 17-track bonanza, The Mighty Death Pop!.

The Mighty Death Pop! Track List
[via Fontana Distribution via FaygoLuvers.net]

1. “Intro”
2. “The Mighty Death Pop”
3. “Night of the Chainsaw”
4. “Chris Benoit
5. “The Blasta”
6. “Kickin’ Kickin'”
7. “Bazooka Joey”
8. “Shooting Stars”
9. “Juggalo Juice”
10. “Hate Her To Death”
11. “SKREEEM! (feat. Tech N9ne and Hopsin)”
12. “Ghetto Rainbows”
13. “When I’m Clownin'”
14. “Dog Catchers”
15. “Daises”
16. “Where’s God?”
17. “Forever”

A Breakdown of The Mighty Death Pop!‘s Three Versions

Each copy of The Mighty Death Pop! is one of three versions: “Red Pop,” “White Pop,” and “Black Pop.” “Red” is all-new ICP cover songs. “Black” is a 64-minute track. “White” is outtakes, remixes, and guest collaborations with Ice Cube, Tech N9ne, Hopsin, Fred Durst, Color Me Badd, Kreayshawn, Scarface, Willie D, and Bushwick Bill, Three 6 Mafia, Kottonmouth Kings, Swollen Members. The only guest stars on the main album are Juggalo favorite Tech N9ne and his acolyte Hopsin. (“Oh they put Hopsin on it? I didn’t know,” Tech N9ne told us when we spoke with him earlier this summer. “I just know that they sent me a beat, and I rapped, and I sent it back.”)

Even the clowns don’t deny that three versions of the same record is good for business, especially for an act whose fanbase has their own Facebook. But last summer, J and Shaggy insisted their intentions were also to entertain. “If you’re a Juggalo, that shit’s fun,” Violent J told me last summer. “It’s not just because there’s a sticker with it, or something stupid. It’s actually cool. And fun to sit there and research it buy the three different versions. That’s why there’s three different bonus discs–three different whole albums. Are we trying to sell more records? Absolutely. Juggalos–there aren’t millions and millions of them. But we gotta try to hang, try to sell records, try to survive.”

“This is what we do for a career,” added Shaggy. “That’s the ultimate goal of a musician that does it for a career–to get it to as many people as possible.”

“It’s all about being underground and being real,” insisted J. “But at the same time, [our] kids can’t put realness on for diapers.”

Version 1: “Red Pop”
Bonus Disc: Smothered, Covered, and Chunked!

The title of this first bonus disc adheres to classic ICP naming conventions: grossly evocative language, earnest use of exclamation points, repulsive double meanings. But Smothered, Covered, and Chunked! is actually a reference to Waffle House hash browns (smothered = sauteed onions; covered = melted cheese; chunked = diced ham).

The restaurant chain occupies a special place in Psychopathic folklore. Back in the late ’90s, ICP and 11 of their tourmates (including Twiztid‘s Jamie “Madrox” Spaniolo and Paul “Monoxide” Methric) got arrested outside a Waffle House in Greenville, Indiana after brawling inside the restaurant with a mouthy stranger. They spent a night in jail, but after getting bailed out, ICP miraculously performed in Ohio the next day. Two years later, Violent J dissed the diner in Bizaar‘s “Still Stabbin,'” a goofy inventory of people, places, and things his murderous alter-ego likes to slice. “I love Waffle House, I stab people there / They’re so shitty and dumpy they don’t even care.”

To this day, Juggalos wear Waffle House shirts at the Gathering. Like this guy.

“Red Pop” Track List

1. “Prelude (feat. Psychopathic Family)”
2. “Jump Around” (House of Pain cover)
3. “Shout (feat. Blaze Ya Dead Homie)” (Tears for Fears cover)
4. “Ain’t No Future In Yo Frontin” (MC Breed cover)
5. “Hold Still feat. Downtown Brown”
6. “Bitch Betta Have My Money (feat. Fred Durst)” (AMG cover)
7. “Night Of The Living Baseheads” (Public Enemy cover)
8. Beautiful (Indestructible) (Christina Aguilera cover)
9. “Mind Playin’ Tricks (feat. ABK and Lil Wyte)” (Geto Boys cover)
10. “State of Shock” (The Jacksons feat. Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger cover)
11. “Love For Dem Gangsters (feat. Cold 187)” (Eazy E)
12. “Guess My Religion” (possibly a twist on Willie D’s “Playin’ With God”)

[via Fontana Distribution via FaygoLuvers.net]

Other covers mentioned in The Mighty Death Pop! infomercial:
Yo Gabba Gabba, “Hold Still”
NWA, “Efil4zaggin”

Version 2: “Black Pop”
Bonus Disc: Insane Clown Posse’s Freaky Tales

“Black Pop” re-imagines Too $hort’s rap-classic “Freaky Tales” as one 64-minute marathon. The eight-minute original is a loping laundry list of Too $hort’s carnal affairs with sweet young things like Joan (rhymes with “bone”), Red (matched with “head” and “bed”), Mary (“scary”), Denise (“beast”), and 30-plus other lovely ladies. Or as Violent J’s baby mama Sugar Slam puts it in the MDP! infomercial, “Freaky Tales” is “non-stop [sic] hoe flows” about “chick after chick and what they did with the dick.” Ok!

For their tribute, ICP squared the original’s length, recording four minutes a day over the course of eight-to-10 hours. “It was such a great idea when we started doing it, but it turned out a lot harder than we thought,” Shaggy told me last summer. “But it turned out fucking awesome.”

“There’re so many things you don’t factor in until you start doing a project,” added Violent J. “We wrote four minutes every night. We come in the next day and spit four minutes, no chorus, no hook.”

In the infomercial, Sugar Slam pitches this version as “perfect for long rides or any serious smoke-out session.” (They know their audience.) The road-trip angle was part of the plan all along. “I put that shit in and I get to wherever I’m going with a quickness,” Violent J told us last year.

Version 3: “White Pop”
Bonus Disc: Mike E. Clark’s Extra Pop! Emporium

Insane Clown Posse’s “White Pop” is a 13-track collection of cutting-room floor outtakes and remixes that have been, in Psychopathic-speak, “tweaked, spanked, and freaked.” Over the years, ICP has paid everyone from Alice Cooper to Slash to Ol’ Dirty Bastard (price: $30,000 in 1999) to show up on their records. This time, they provide Ice Cube, Kreayshawn, Three Six Mafia, Fred Durst, the Geto Boys, and Color Me Badd.

Also, something called “Up Ya Ass.” But of course.

“White Pop” Track List

1. “Traveling Circus”
2. “Chris Benoit (Kuma’s Crub remix feat. Ice Cube and Scarface)”
3. “When I’m Clownin’ (Kuma’s Clownin’ Remix feat. Kreayshawn)”
4. “Lost In The Music (feat. Swollen Members)”
5. “Up Ya Ass” (outtake)
6. “Ghetto Rainbows (Soft Ass R-N-B remix feat. Color Me Badd)”
7. “Birthday Party” (outtake)
8. “Scrubstutite Teachers (feat. Twiztid and Willie D)”
9. “Playin’ In The Woods” (outtake)
10. “Pass It To The Sky (feat. Kottonmouth Kings)”
11. “Shugston Brooks 1959-2004” (outtake)
12. “Night Of The Chainsow (Joe Strange remix feat. Three Six Mafia)”
13. “Forever (Extended Geto Mix feat. The Geto Boys)”

[via Fontana Distribution via FaygoLuvers.net]

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R. Kelly’s NYC Soulacoaster Signing Has Been Rescheduled for August 10 (For Now)

R. Kelly’s Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me was supposed to be a soul-baring memoir. “I’m tired of being misunderstood,” he said 2009 SmileyBooks statement. “I will show you the tears, fears, and sweat. I will open my heart and reveal the good in my life as well as all the drama.”

Soulacoaster was slated to come out, then it wasn’t, then it was. Maura got a sneak preview and noted that the “memoir” began with a recollection of “the singer hiding in a drum case.” There was also a Tribeca Kells’ signing scheduled, and then that wasn’t. Now, Robert Sylvester’s Tribeca Barnes & Noble signing has been rescheduled rescheduled for August 10. The maybe-possibly-maybe details:

 

In closing, an arbitrarily chosen passage from Soulacoaster:

Living with me was rough. Under all the pressure, I’d gotten out of shape and gained weight. I’d gone from being R. Kelly to R. Belly.

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HOLY ROLLERS

We won’t try to sell you on the toilet paper dodgeball game. Or the 19-piece Bollywood-samba-hip-hop brass band, What Cheer? Brigade. Or the sex-piranha stylings of New Orleans sissy bouncer Vockah Redu. Or electro-chill Ghostly International guy Mux Mool. Or the 53-pound, 25-year-old disabled MC and once–Village Voice cover star, Wheelchair Sports Camp’s Kalyn “T-Minus” Heffernan. Or burlesque babe Madge of Honor. Or the glorious reunion of Pennsylvania’s finest white boy satire-rap duo Grand Buffet. Or a drag queen named Yekaterina Petrovna Zamolodchikova who goes by “Katya.” Or even the night’s co-headliners, Strange Famous raptivist B. Dolan and indie-rap don Sage Francis. Let’s instead sell you on the fact this is all happening together, for one price of admission, tonight, and it’s called the Church of Love & Ruin. Your life is not more interesting than this.

Sun., July 29, 6:30 p.m., 2012