Thursday June 30, 2016
Insane Clown Posse vs. The World
Their haters never saw it coming. For 27 years now, Insane Clown Posse have delivered their own brand of rap to legions of loyal juggalos.
Part hip-hop, part WWE-inspired theatre, their music is like the Faygo soda they spray all over their fans — delicious to those who love it; a sticky mess to those that don't. But Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope say they don't care who dismisses them. The world is their playground, their fans are their family, and their critics are just "playa haters to the fullest."
"Most people are like 'yeah they sell millions of records, but they sell 'em to juggalos. You know what I mean? Like juggalos aren't real people or somethin'," says Shaggy.
In a wild, wide-ranging chat, the rappers stop by studio q on their first Canadian tour in over a decade. In their signature face paint, they share some of their best stories, clap back at the FBI, and reveal the upside of being an outsider.
"We are the same people who are buying our music," says Violent J. "We are juggalos."
Note: We couldn't broadcast the full chat (Insane Clown Posse and Shad went on for almost an hour) but that's what the internet's for! The full, uncut interview takes a closer look at ICP's controversial lyrics, their decades-long concept called The Dark Carnival, and their surprising spiritual side. Listen here.
WEB EXTRA | Not a juggalo? Not a problem. Here's a quick look at 17 things you should know to put these clowns in context.
YOUR LETTERS | We thought we might get a lot of hate mail for this one but, nope! Listeners were overwhelmingly down with the clowns.