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Insane Clown Posse

Hans Watson

Insane Clown Posse, Big Hoodoo, Blahzay Rose, Trilogy 

When: Thu., Oct. 27, 7 p.m. 2016
Price: $28
In the e-book 7 Days in Ohio: Trump, the Gathering of the Juggalos and the Summer Everything Went Insane, author Nathan Rabin fails to see a connection between the masses who filled the streets for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July and the grease-painted Insane Clown Posse superfans who attended the Detroit horrorcore group’s annual “gathering” that same month. In essence it’s got something to do with the way the country’s white lower and middle classes have responded to diminished economic prospects. Some have turned to Trump, while others have taken a different route—particularly those ICP fans who call themselves juggalos, which the FBI classified as a “hybrid gang” in its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. Juggalos are, typically speaking, white and lower class, just like the rappers who inspired their subculture, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. For more than two decades ICP’s members have rebuffed conventions of how they should act. It’s easy to dismiss their “wicked clown” aesthetic as silly—or suggest ICP’s financial success is the only thing that makes the group noteworthy—but they do take risks and say at least something worthwhile amid their juvenile rhymes and carnival sounds. Tonight ICP will play 1995’s Riddle Box, reissued in 2015 through Psychopathic Records in honor of the band’s 20th anniversary. Released the year after Korn set the nu-metal revolution in motion with the self-titled album Korn, Riddle Box mixes low-riding rap with metal grit, gleefully assailing the powerful and wealthy and, even more notably, the thoughtless stereotype of white working-class America as rednecks. Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have always known how society views them, and in fighting back they created a universe and language that followers across the country can immerse themselves in. The outside world still doesn’t quite get it, and that’s kind of the point.
— Leor Galil



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