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Shaggy 2 Dope Interviewed by SPIN Magazine about the Juggalo March, Trump Rally

OK, all of these Pro-ICP/Juggalo articles that we’re getting lately is a little out of the ordinary, but I’m definitely good with it!  SPIN Magazine recently took some time to go into detail about the Juggalo March, and of course they picked up on the fact that the Pro-Trump “Mother Of All Rallies” will be happening at the same time and date.  They spoke to Shaggy 2 Dope who gave his thoughts on WHY we’re marching, was asked whether Juggalos would incite any violence at the March with Trump supporters, and gives his views on the ridiculousness of racism this day and age. It’s a good, quick read which you can find below.

From SPIN.com:

ICP’s Shaggy 2 Dope on Pro-Trump March on Washington: “Nobody Really Gives a Shit”

Next month, Insane Clown Posse fans from across America will march on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to protest a 2011 FBI report that classified Juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” The press, and ICP themselves, treated this classification rather lightheartedly at the time, but in the years since, it has affected the band and its famously devoted fans in shockingly serious ways. In a 2014 statement regarding a lawsuit they filed against the bureau, the Michigan outsider rappers alleged that Juggalos had suffered “job losses, dismissal from military service, eviction, lost child custody and constant harassment” because of clothing and tattoos bearing ICP’s distinctive “hatchetman” logo.

As if the hordes of Juggalos in face paint and wacky clown getup weren’t enough of a spectacle, news broke this week that a pro-Trump rally called the Mother of All Rallies, featuring alt-right groups like Alt-Knights and the Proud Boys, will be also be taking place on the Mall on the same day, at the same time (September 16 at noon, if you’re planning on attending either). In the popular imagination at least, the archetypal Juggalo isn’t all that different from a certain sort of Trump supporter: white, rural, working-class, with cultural interests that don’t always jibe with the mainstream fascinations of coastal capitals like New York and Los Angeles, and perhaps some disaffectedness about their perceived status as outsiders. But while Trump appeals to hatred and fear of a rapidly changing country, ICP has always preached inclusivity. And as several bemused Twitter users noted in light of the coincident rallies and the Trump-supporting white nationalist event in Charlottesville that descended into deadly violence last weekend, their music has a strong anti-racist streak. “The country we live in was built by slaves / Beat down and murdered and stuffed in their graves,” go the lyrics to their 1999 song “Terrible.” “I say fuck your rebel flag / You get punched in the faces, reppin’ the racists,” echoes 2015’s “Confederate Flag.”

A month before the rallies are scheduled to happen, SPIN chatted with Shaggy 2 Dope, one half of ICP, about the gang classification, the upcoming march, and his views on Charlottesville and the president. The following interview has been edited for length and clarity.

For our readers who haven’t been following, could you give some background on what’s going on with the FBI gang classification for Juggalos and the ways in which that has impacted the lives of your fans?

We first found out about it in 2011, and we just laughed it off. “Cool, man, whatever. I guess we’re a gang now.” After a year or so, we started seeing a lot of changes. We do meet-and-greets, and in-stores, and we began hearing stories upon stories about people losing their jobs, people losing custody of their kids, people being denied going into the military, getting way stiffer jail sentences for small shit. All for the simple fact that they’re wearing something ICP, with the hatchetman on it, or they have a tattoo. And all of a sudden they’re getting put into a gang database, the same database that has MS-13, Bloods, Crips, prison gangs and all that shit. To this day, it’s really hard doing meet-and-greets because of these stories.

We have trouble booking tours now, because no one wants gang-related shit. And if you do book a tour, it’s next to impossible to get people to insure it, because it’s a gang rally. Our festival we do every year, the Gathering, we almost didn’t do it this year. Not only could we not find a venue until the last second, we couldn’t find insurance until a week before the event actually happened. We couldn’t find nobody to rent us port-a-potties, which legally you have to have at festivals. All because of this fuckin’ gang shit.

This march that we’re doing, it’s not to get our name off the gang list, because that’s never gonna happen. It’s just for us to stand up, and put our foot down, and say, “Yo, we’re not cool with being labeled this.” We’re not cool with the gang label, or with being considered a bunch of inbred, toothless, trashy-ass, high school dropout pieces of shit, which is what a lot of people view Juggalos as. They don’t look at the flip side, where there’s doctors and lawyers and mothers and fathers. People have been saying “fuck you” to Juggalos for a long time. It’s our way of saying “fuck you” back. We ain’t what you think we are. We’re gonna march in a civilized manner, like marches go, and show people that we ain’t fuckin’ animals.

This week, I read that there will coincidentally be a right-wing, Trump-supporting march on the National Mall on the same time that you guys are going to be there.

I just heard about that too. But what can you do? Who gives a shit, it’s our day to shine too. Fuck them. We don’t got nothing to do with that. But they got as much right to do their thing as we do ours.

Do you think there’s a possibility that there would be a conflict between Juggalos and these Trump supporters?

I don’t know what the conflict would be. I don’t ever hear Juggalos straight up being like “Fuck Trump.” Nobody really gives a shit. I don’t give a shit. If there is something, it’s probably because one of them will start it. No Juggalo’s going to bum rush no Trump supporter, because we don’t give a fuck. We’re not there for that. But if some beef does cook, it’s probably because somebody on their side is popping off at the mouth.

After what happened in Charlottesville last weekend, and with the Juggalo and Trump marches coming up, I’ve seen a lot of people on social media who are probably outside the community of Juggalos and don’t know your music, who are surprised that you guys have been outspoken against racism in your songs, and have advocated for things like taking down Confederate flags.

That’s pure ignorance on their part. If you don’t just read the headline, and actually look at what we’re doing, you wouldn’t think that. We basically don’t give a fuck what people think of us doing this. That’s not our concern.

Does ICP have a stance on the Trump administration?

I have no stance on anything politics. Anybody I know, anybody I’ve been around, since I was born, no matter who’s the president or governor or mayor, it’s never made a difference in their lives. I could say “Fuck Trump,” but I don’t know shit about him. I just know he’s some fucking billionaire. It’s crazy he’s president, but what do I know?

A lot of your music is about community, and the message that everyone is welcome to be a Juggalo. Is there a message that you would want to send to the type of person who was marching at a white supremacist rally like the one in Charlottesville?

Why would you still be that angry at anything? A bunch of white supremacists attacked people for tearing down a Confederate statue? I didn’t grow up the least bit racist. I don’t understand what it’s like to be racist. It’s hard for me to speak on it, because it’s the dumbest thing in the world. To think that shit’s still going on is incredible. It will always go on, I guess, until there’s just one race, from everybody intermingling and fuckin’. But I don’t understand it, and I never have. It’s an alien concept. Why would you do that? I probably sound ignorant as fuck, but I’m so removed from that whole mindframe.

Commemorative CD being giving away at Attack of the Ninjas

Majik Ninja Entertainment just announced added freshness to the upcoming Attack of the Ninjas event.

The first 1000 people to enter the venue will receive a FREE commemorative CD.

Attack of the Ninja is going down on August 26th in Salt Lake City, Utah at The Complex.

Here is a list of all of the artists set to perform:

Main Stage

  • Twiztid – Performing Mirror Mirror In Its Entirety
  • Triple Threat – Twiztid & Blaze Performing New, Rare & Juggalo Classics
  • G-Mo Skee
  • Boondox
  • Zodiac Mprint
  • Lex The Hex Master
  • Young Wicked
  • Gorilla Voltage

UNDERGROUND STAGE

  • Liquid Assassin
  • Damien Quinn
  • Razakel
  • Body Bag Syndikate
  • Andrew Boss
  • SLO PAIN
  • CLAAS
  • Donnie Menace
  • Shadow D
  • Sikville
  • Mista Ice Pick

More Guests Announced For Rock and Shock

Rock and Shock have announced guests for their upcoming convention. The newly announced guests are:

  • AMY STEEL
  • DEREK MEARS
  • KANE HODDER
  • JOHN CARL BUECHLER

Rock and Shock is a three day convention that features nightly concerts. It takes places at the Worcester Palladium and DCU Center on October 13th, 14th, and 15th.

Press Release and Flyers:

Rock and Shock family, it’s time for more guest announcements! With Rock and Shock starting on a Friday the 13th, you know we had to celebrate by bringing in some fan favorite friends and fiends from the film franchise. First up is one of our most requested campers, someone who is coming to Rock and Shock for the very first time, AMY STEEL! As Ginny in Friday the 13th Part 2, Amy played the first character to survive the wrath of Jason Voorhees. She is exceptionally kind and welcoming to her fans, and we’re very excited to give you a chance to meet her. Speaking of fan friendly, we’re happy to welcome back DEREK MEARS! Memorable for his work with fellow Rock and Shock attendee Adam Green as well as his many characters played under heavy prosthetics in Sleepy Hollow, Mears first endeared himself to horror fans when he took up the hockey mask in a very well received performance as Jason in the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot. Of course, when we’re talking about Jason, KANE HODDER is the most popular man to ever play the Crystal Lake killer, and this year he is going to be participating in a very special professional photo op, brought to you by our friends at MAD MONSTER. Kane will be donning a replica of his Jason costume and makeup from Friday the 13th part VII: The New Blood! You will have the rare opportunity to have your picture taken with Kane in full costume, complete with a film accurate backdrop, printed out on 8×10 photo paper! What’s even better is that the replica has been crafted from the original specs by another Rock and Shock 2017 attendee and the director and special effects creator of part VII, the one and only JOHN CARL BUECHLER! The photo op will happen, appropriately enough, on Friday, October 13th, and tickets are limited to just 100 so you might want to get one quick when they go on sale Tuesday, August 22nd (Note: each ticket is $160, which includes admission to the convention–but not the concerts–on Friday, and you can have up to two people in the photo). This will be a Friday the 13th weekend for the history books, and we hope you’ll be here to share it with us!

DailyDot: Socialist Juggalos gear up to fight pro-Trump ‘Nazis,’ and the internet is loving it

With everyone reporting on the fact that there will be Trump Supporters and Juggalos marching on Washington at the same time for different causes it’s awesome to see what the rest of the internet thinks of this shit. Most of the time publications do make light of the situation when reporting on it. This post shows the love, support and sometimes humorous opinions from regular ninjas via Twitter. Not just the journalists.

Everyone is suddenly pro-Juggalo.

It’s definitely worth checking out. You can see that by CLICKING HERE or check it out below.

Props to Jay Hathaway.

Socialist Juggalos gear up to fight pro-Trump ‘Nazis,’ and the internet is loving it

It’s easy to make fun of Juggalos, the oft-misunderstood fans of clown-painted rappers Insane Clown Posse, but some on the left are embracing them as a line of defense against white supremacy in the U.S. The Juggalo March on Washington, a protest against the government’s classification of Juggalos as a gang, will take place at the National Mall on Sept. 16, the same day as the pro-Trump “Mother of All Rallies.” There’s no love lost between the two sides.

“Let’s make sure we make more noise than those bitch Neo-Nazies, am I right? whoop whoop,” one poster wrote on the Juggalo March event page, which is full of communist and working-class Juggalo memes. It’s possible that internet socialists are the ones pushing the meme that Juggalos are the new communist vanguard, but the response on the page is mostly positive.

And, to some, Juggalos have always been “woke,” so it comes as no surprise that they would take a stand against the alt-right, the loosely affiliated conservative wing that harbors white supremacists.

Juggalos call themselves a “family,” and, as a group they’ve long been anti-racist, anti-KKK, and anti-Nazi. ICP has songs decrying “redneck” racists and has rapped about “scalping skinheads” and “shitting on a rebel flag.” Their fans were quick to condemn reality star Tila Tequila when she came out as a Nazi.

And ICP have already burnt a Confederate flag on stage, so their credentials to fight the people who enjoy statues of Robert E. Lee are impeccable.

The natural overlap between working-class Juggalos and the internet’s Democratic Socialists is strong—the two groups could unite to become brothers in the “struggalo.” Many on the left are already expressing their optimism about ICP fans as allies.

No one thought the American culture wars would come down to a battle between fans of a clown rap group and fans of a reality TV businessman (who happens to be the president), but when you really think about it, it was inevitable:

Let’s avoid a second civil war out there, people. Whoop whoop!

GQ Covers Juggalos and Trump Supporters Marching on Washington on the Same Day

GQ which has really shown nothing but hate for the Insane Clown Posse and Juggalos in the past is sorta kinda showing us the tiniest bit of love it’s looking like. That’s most likely because Juggalos will be marching on Washington DC at the same time as Trump supports in what is being called the Mother of All Rallies.” I have a feeling most of the ninjas working at GQ aren’t Trump supports themselves (purely speculation) but I’m not surprised they’re now showing a bit of love for a group they once hated simply because they feel they’ll be on the opposite spectrum of the alt-right at the march. They are hoping Juggalos will be an important part of the resistance against encroaching fascism.

We’ll have to wait to see how things turn out.

Check out the article at GQ.com by CLICKING HERE or check it out below.

Props to Jack Moore.

Juggalos and Trump Supporters Are Marching on Washington on the Same Day

Thank god for the Juggalos.

In the wake of the horrific scene in Charlottesville, it feels like the nation is more on edge than it has been in a long time. The specter of white nationalism and a revitalized Nazi movement hang over our day-to-day lives, and the promise of more dangerous and disgusting assemblies, like the one in Virginia last weekend, is enough to leave anyone feeling shaken. So when I heard that Trump Supporters were planning a “Mother of All Rallies” in Washington, DC on September 16th, I started to get nervous. Now obviously all people who voted for Donald Trump aren’t white supremacists or Nazi sympathizers, BUT (and this is a big “but,” hence the all caps) anyone who wants to march on Washington in Donald Trump’s name after his comments defending white supremacists and Nazis is at the very least okay with the hate groups he’s defending.

Which brings me to the funny part of this story, which, I mean, thank God, because there has been a distinct lack of “funny” in politics for a while now. So it turns out the day that the MOAR is set to take place is the same day that a very different sort of march is set to take place. Yes, September 16th is also the day the Insane Clown Posse and their fans (aka Juggalos) plan to march on DC to protest their FBI classification as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” Now I’ll admit to a certain ignorance about ICP and Juggalo culture, but I would have assumed that there would be a certain crossover between these two groups. But though there certainly are “Juggalos 4 Trump“, Insane Clown Posse themselves don’t seem like they would be.

Take for instance the song “Confederate Flag.” With the typical violent flourishes that ICP is famous for, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope make it clear that white supremacists are not their thing.

I mean these lyrics are nothing if not clear on how the ICP feels about the type of people who gathered in Charlottesville:

“I SAY FUCK YOUR REBEL FLAG
Out here pretending like you ain’t offendin’ I SAY FUCK YOUR REBEL FLAG
You redneck judges with racist grudges
I SAY FUCK YOUR REBEL FLAG
If you gotta tattoo, I’m aimin’ at you
I SAY FUCK YOUR REBEL FLAG
You get punched in your faces reppin’ the racists”

So it looks like September 16th, might end up being just the latest in a long line of surreal moments that the last two years have brought us. Clowns vs. Racists. Washington, DC. It’s at times like these that I find myself thinking about string theory. I know, I know. Stay with me. If you believe in the concept of the multiverse, which more and more I do, it’s hard not to think about those alternate worlds right now. Like there’s probably some other universe out there where Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton is president and the biggest controversy in politics is some cabinet member making an off-color joke or some anti-gay congressman being seen on Grindr or something, and everyone is still laughing at Juggalos for “Magnets, How do they work?” But no. We live in one of the weird universes. We live in the universe where a reality star is allowing the rise of Nazis and white supremacists, and where face-painted rappers the Insane Clown Posse might end up being an important part of the resistance against encroaching fascism.

Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko and ¡MAYDAY! tracks to appear in upcoming WWE 2K18 Video Game

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a huge Tech N9ne/Strange Music fan. That’s no secret. Recently, WrestlingInc.com posted an article explaining that The Rock will be executive producing and personally curating the in-game soundtrack for the upcoming WWE 2K18 video game. The soundtrack will feature 11 tracks all personally selected by The Rock and features a couple tracks from Strange Music’s finest.

The tracks that y’all should know about are  Last One Standing” by ¡MAYDAY! feat. Tech N9ne and “Straight Out The Gate” by Tech N9ne feat. Krizz Kaliko & Serj Tankian of System of a Down.

Other artists appearing on the soundtrack include Eazy-E, Kid Rock, Kanye West and even Boston.

Apple Music is streaming the soundtrack right now. You can hit that up at by CLICKING HERE.

Check out the full article by CLICKING HERE or check that out below:

2K Announces Dwayne Johnson as WWE® 2K18 Executive Soundtrack Producer; Now Streaming on Apple Music

New York, NY – August 18, 2017 – 2K today announced the in-game soundtrack details for WWE® 2K18, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE video game franchise. Executive produced and personally curated by legendary WWE Superstar and global icon Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson, the soundtrack will feature 11 unique songs that represent many of Johnson’s favorite artists and music genres, including hip-hop, classic rock, hard rock, blues, R&B and soul. In addition, Apple Music will serve as the premier streaming provider for the WWE 2K18 in-game soundtrack, which is available now for streaming at apple.co/wwe2k.

“Music is one of my soul’s anchors. All genres. I’m excited to celebrate my WWE roots by partnering with the 2K and Apple Music teams and share some of my favorite hardcore training songs with fans all over the world,” said Johnson.

The WWE 2K18 in-game soundtrack, executive produced by Johnson, will include the following artists and songs:

* Blues Brothers – “Soul Man”;
* Boston – “Smokin'”;
* Bruno Mars – “Runaway Baby”;
* Disturbed – “Down With The Sickness”;
* Eazy-E – “Boyz-N-The-Hood”;
* George Thorogood & The Destroyers – “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”;
* Joe Walsh – “Rocky Mountain Way”;
* Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”;
* Kid Rock – “You Never Met a White Boy Quite Like Me”;
* ¡MAYDAY! (feat. Tech N9ne) – “Last One Standing”;
* Tech N9ne (feat. Krizz Kaliko, Serj Tankian) – “Straight Out The Gate”.

“Over the years we have collaborated with some of the world’s most popular artists, including Florida Georgia Line, Metallica, The Weeknd and Diddy to name a few, but partnering with one of our own is always special,” said Neil Lawi, Senior Vice President and General Manager, WWE Music Group. “Working with Dwayne is always a creative and inspirational experience, and we are thrilled to partner with him on this year’s WWE 2K18 soundtrack, and bring his diverse selection to our fans around the world.”

“For the past few years, we have presented music as an integral part of both WWE and WWE 2K culture by aligning with several big names in music and entertainment, from Sean Combs a.k.a. Puff Daddy for WWE 2K17 to our WWE Superstar John Cena® and Wiz Khalifa collaboration for WWE 2K15,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “The opportunity to work with an individual as accomplished, down-to-earth and respected as Dwayne – our inaugural WWE 2K cover Superstar for WWE 2K14 – significantly complements the gameplay content and overall experience we look to deliver every year.”

Developed collaboratively by Yuke’s and Visual Concepts, a 2K studio, WWE 2K18 is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB. WWE 2K18 is currently scheduled for worldwide release on October 17, 2017 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, as well as in Fall 2017 for Nintendo Switch™. Players who purchase the WWE 2K18 Cena (Nuff) Edition at participating retailers will receive Early Access to their game copies and in-game bonuses beginning four days early on Friday, October 13, 2017 for the PS4™ system and Xbox One. In addition, players who purchase the WWE 2K18 Deluxe Edition, available in both physical and digital varieties at participating retailers, will also receive Early Access to their game copies and in-game bonuses – including all Cena (Nuff) Edition digital content – beginning four days early on Friday, October 13, 2017 for the PS4™ system and Xbox One. For more information on WWE 2K18 and 2K, visit wwe.2k.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #WWE2K18 and #BLN1 or subscribe on YouTube.

Vice: Juggalos Are Mad as Hell and They’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore

Vice has released an article detailing a lot of went down with the gigantic police presence at this year’s Gathering of the Juggalos.

The article basically goes over everything involving the large amount of uniformed police officers that were not really supposed to be there as well as undercover police, low flying police helicopters and police drones. It also goes into detail about how a lot of the security, that would normally only be making sure nobody got too out of hand, were mimicking the police officers (who were not being very friendly).

The article also goes into a little bit of the journalist’s own experiences with Juggalos at the Gathering and in day to day life.

One bone I want to mention is that the owners of Lost Lakes were also very pissed off about this large police presence and even went as far as getting their lawyers involved while the Gathering was going down. They got some pretty negative feedback (of course) that wasn’t completely their fault.

They also speak with Jumpsteady and J-Webb for the article.

Best J-Webb quote:
“I think Jesus would be a Juggalo. You can quote me on that.”

Check that out at Vice.com by CLICKING HERE or check it out below.

Props to Kitty Stryker.

Juggalos Are Mad as Hell and They’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore

As the Gathering of the Juggalos arrived last month in Lost Lakes, a waterpark and music venue in Oklahoma City, you would think that something terrible was about to happen. Local news asked in a poll if residents were “concerned.” Police were on high alert. According to Rob Bruce-Encarnacion, who organized the Gathering, the cops told Lost Lakes that if they saw anything—nudity, drinking after 2 AM—arrests would be made.

Bruce-Encarnacion sighed. “When the owners of the venue sat us down, I was like, This is what happens every year.”

Few subcultures are subject to more scorn than the Juggalos, as fans of Insane Clown Posse are known. Before I went to the Gathering, long before I even listened to ICP’s music, I had read stories about gruesome murders, crazed Juggalos wielding hatchets and demanding to hear their songs on pop radio stations, and of course the Waffle House brawl. If someone commits a crime and happens to list ICP among their interests, “JUGGALO” will be in the headline, guaranteed.

The FBI has dubbed Juggalos a “hybrid gang,” a designation ICP and the ACLU have been fighting in court since 2014. A recent dismissal of their suit prompted the organization of a march on Washington, DC, set for September 16. On the march’s website, there’s testimony from Juggalos who say they have been harassed by cops, had their kids taken away, gotten fired, and denied the chance to serve in the military because of prejudice fueled by that gang designation.

The Gathering is supposed to be the one time of year when thousands of Juggalos from across the country can get away from that sort of persecution. They struggled to find a venue for the 2017 Gathering and turnout was down, but Lost Lake seemed an ideal place to host: a big lake, water slides, shade to hide under. Sure, the roads were dusty (I lost my voice due to dust inhalation), and, yeah, the lake was murky—but the fish were alive, water dispensers were plentiful, and you could travel around the venue via the “Trippin’ Trolley,” driven by the Scrub Care Unit.*

But even here, many Juggalos felt harassed. Bruce-Encarnacion was under the impression that there would be only two cops stationed near the entrance of the festival in case a situation got hairy, instead we were treated to low-flying police helicopters, drones spying on us at all hours, and parades of cops through the campgrounds.

“Some people have been calling 2017’s event the Gathering of the Undercovers because of all the undercover cops there,” said Jason Webber, director of public relations for Psychopathic Records, ICP’s label. He added wryly, “you’re not going to hear about undercovers at a Jimmy Buffet concert.” (A spokesman for the Oklahoma City Police Department confirmed that undercover officers were present, but did not respond to questions about surveillance.)

When the police were asked by Lost Lakes ownership why they were flexing their muscles, the response, a representative of Lost Lakes told me, was “to make our presence known.”

That presence had Juggalos worried. Some feared undercover cops and distrusted any stranger they met as a result. There were rumors of cars being searched and towed from the parking lot, among other sorts of police harassment.

Other complaints centered around security. Bruce-Encarnacion told me that Juggalo security focuses on “spray-painting, or like, people hurting each other, which is really rare.” This time, though, he saw event security “mimicking” the cops

Carl Kovin, a 26-year-old Juggalo from Colorado who has attended six Gatherings, told me that security physically restrained him and told him he might spend the night in jail because he was playing with a laser pointer. Kovin was eventually released, but the rest of his Gathering took on a different feel after that incident.

“This is not why I Gather,” he said. “I am there for the freaks and the weirdos, and they were all told to hide. I didn’t feel like I was at a Gathering, more like some ninjas camping at a lake, trying to have fun.”

Webber of Psychopathic Records echoed Kovin’s sentiments. “The Gathering of the Juggalos stands for family, being a safe place for outcasts, a place for them to let their hair down and relax,” he said. “Juggalos are good at ensuring that their fellow revelers mind their Ps and Qs. Certainly, there’s a measure of outlaw culture to any Juggalo event, but there’s a strict moral code Juggalos hold to.”

Past Gatherings have also faced issues because of anti-Juggalo bias. Bruce-Encarnacion recounted the story of the 2014 Gathering, which was slated to be at the privately owned Crybaby Campground in Kaiser, Missouri. Contracts were signed, tickets were selling, everything seemed on track. After the location was publicly announced and the media got hold of it, however, Kaiser rebelled. A Republican state representative got involved, neighbors started petitions, locals began arming themselves in a panic to prepare for what the media repeatedly reminded them was considered a “gang rally.”

“The lady who ran the campground was like, 70—she ended up in the hospital for stress and called me to ask to pull out of the contract,” said Bruce-Encarnacion. “I tried to warn her that the first year would be like this—after the first year at a new venue, people tend to understand that Juggalos are cool, things go smoothly, and people will be receptive.” But Kaiser was having none of it. “They celebrated shutting us down,” Bruce-Encarnacion said.

Even given that history, a lot of Juggalos were angry about how they had been treated by security and cops at the 2017 Gathering. Attendees blamed the venue for the cop harassment and gave it bad reviews on Google. “Worst venue I’ve ever been to. Security were obnoxious and rude,” said one. “It might become a cool spot but in this stage of life it’s wiggity wiggity whack son,” said another.

Lost Lakes was also unhappy. “As far as the police presence, we were just as upset as the crowd,” a representative from the venue told me. “We felt the Juggalos were singled out and treated unfairly, and we even had our lawyers on site to try to handle the police, but to no avail. If the festival were to come back next year, we will take measures to not make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

The representative told me that Lost Lakes hoped to see the Juggalos return. “We want everyone to know we enjoyed having the festival—from our perspective, it was an incredible event that was professionally produced… and we would welcome you all back again.” The message ended with the Juggalo mantra of friendship and family: “Whoop Whoop.”

Juggalo-friendly spaces can be hard to come by. “My local mall, to this day, does not allow anyone to wear hatchet gear on their property, yet two of their outlets sell Psychopathic merchandise,” Kovin told me. “So if I buy a new shirt, go to the bathroom and wear it, I will then be asked to leave the property with security escorts.”

“We’re oppressed year round,” said Bruce-Encarnacion. “You say you’re a Juggalo, people look down on you. Law enforcement looks down on us. When we Gather, it’s supposed to be an escape from all that. We’re supposed to be able to hang out with our family at the greatest family reunion on earth, and instead, we have cops barking at our door.” He sounded weary. “When you work this long on something, it’s really hurtful to see outsiders come in and ruin something that’s really beautiful.”

Webber agreed. “Juggalos are good for the community, for the economy—we rent hotel rooms, we buy gas, we eat food. If you were to talk to the people at Legend Valley (site of the Gathering from 2014-2016), they would tell you that certain mom and pop owned gas stations will make more money selling Faygo during that one weekend than beer all year long. It’s funny that because of a few bad apples that have given Juggalos a bad name, the public has chosen to focus on those bad apples—not the food drives, the Scrub Care unit giving free food and water to people. I mean… It’s an extremely Christian gesture to give food to the hungry and water to the thirsty, right?”

Their frustration made a lot of sense to me. When I told my fellow campers at Gathering that I was a reporter, they were understandably concerned about how I would portray them. Historically, the media have taunted and ridiculed Juggalos. A fellow writer (also a Juggalo) shared with me that she was trying to cover the upcoming march on Washington, but was shut down by multiple publications that told her “everything that needs to be written about Juggalos has been.”

But I think there’s a lot that Juggalos do that the media often fails to highlight when covering the subculture: memorial benefit shows for Juggalos who have passed away, concerts where the entry ticket is two cans of “not bullshit food” for local food banks, the sending money and presents to an eight-year-old burn victim whose Juggalo dad died in a fire. There are LGBT Juggalos, and Lette’s Respect, a feminist Juggalo movement. Yet look up Juggalos online and you’ll mostly see shaming, fear-mongering, and hatred from the media and the public—much of which betrays classist attitudes, given how many Juggalos are working-class.

The hope among some Juggalos is that this latest Gathering will inspire fed-up ICP fans to march on DC come September.

“It was kind of a final reminder, just slapping you in the face yet again, this is the kind of oppression Juggalos deal with on a daily basis. A lot of people have been dealing with this on a personal level – if you’re a family, even if you’re not personally affected, that’s all our problem,” Bruce-Encarnacion said. “It was all up in your face blatant discrimination, a final reminder of why we’re doing the march. It was really ugly. To me, it’s important for everybody to go to support your family and support Juggalos everywhere. Even if you’re not a Juggalo, are you going to allow the government to do this?”

“I think Jesus would be a Juggalo,” said Webber with a laugh. “You can quote me on that.”

Tom Wood debuts All New TomWoodFantasyArt.com

He’s been working on it for months, and it’s finally time to unveil it!  Our homie Tom Wood has debuted the completely redesigned and updated TomWoodFantasyArt.com!

There are three separate galleries:

  • ICP Art
  • Fantasy Art
  • Dark Carnival Art

You can buy everything from stretched canvases, prints, buttons, and more from your favorite Into The Echoside cards, t-shirt designs, and other Tom Wood originals!  Go and check it out at the link below:

Click to visit TomWoodFantasyArt.com

That ought to make a dent in your checking account, but totally worth it!  Get you some new wall art and class up your home today!

Wolfpac’s “Super Deluxe Full Time Variety Show” Airs TONIGHT (8/17 @ 8 PM EST)!

For those who can’t get enough Psychopathic Radio, we’ve got some good news for you!  The homies from Wolfpac have an all new episode of the “Super Deluxe Fun Time Variety Show” airing later TONIGHT on PsychopathicTV.com!

They’ve already got a lot in store including a new serial killer profile, reviews of horror movies, video games, and chicken sandwiches, and so much more!  Here’s a breakcown of what you can expect:

THIS THURSDAY ON PSYCHOPATHIC TV LIVE THE WOLFPAC SUPER DELUXE FUN TIME VARIETY SHOW!

Fresh from the Gathering of the Juggalos and chock to the gills with goodies WOLFPAC is ready to take the airwaves of Psychopathic TV and stream two hours of WOLFPAC love to you live and direct via Facebook Live, and trust us this time you wont need any antibiotics! So, make sure you mark the date and set an alarm so you can watch the entire show as it unfolds, mutates and makes so many stains you will need to rent a steam cleaner to get them out? So, what’s on the slab for this show? Well first off Daddy Long Legs will be profiling the serial killer Henry Lee Lucas on his segment “Five Minutes of Murder” Next up Buddha will be filling us in about the flick “The Possession” from Ghost House Pictures on his segment “The BWare Horror Real”. Then our man with the most Maddog will be giving us a taste by taste review of the new Chick-fil-A Seasonal Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich on “Maddogs Munchie Menagerie” and if that wasn’t enough we will be bring you a brand-new video game review segment from our homey ESP from his all new spot the “Digital Dojo Video Game Review”. On top of that we will be talking Gathering recap, Juggalo March and all of it fueled by Redrum and Crunk Energy Drink! So, do not be late as you will not want to miss a single second!

THE WOLFPAC SUPER DELUXE FUN TIME VARIETY SHOW ON PSYCHOPATHIC TV!
WHEN?:  Thursday August 17th 8 PM- 10 PM EST
WHERE?:  psychopathictv.com or facebook.com/PsychopathicTV

Whitney Peyton Signs to Tragic Hero Records; “Firecracker” Pre-order Packages Available

A bunch of news about Philly’s own Whitney Peyton just got dropped, and we’re here to fill you in!

After reported offers from several labels, Ms. Peyton just signed a deal with Tragic Hero Records!  This is the FIRST hip-hop act that the label has ever signed, but they obviously see her talent and took a chance!

They even reworked one of her more popular songs “Woopty Woo Woo” into a rock song and just released a music video for it:

You can check the full article about her signing here: http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/whitney_peyton_woopty_woo_woo_rock_edition_tragic_hero_records

So now that that cat’s out of the bag, Whitney has launched a TON of Pre-order Packages for her Firecracker: Pyro Edition album!  These range from the $8.99 cassette tape bundle (includes link to digital download) all the way to the “Mighty Dogs” Bundle for $195.00 which includes the CD, tape, hoodie, hat, stickers, t-shirt, a phone call from Whitney herself, autographed promo, a charm/chain, and more!  You can see all of the pre-order options here:

Click the pic to view ALL pre-order options!

Make sure to check those options and get the album pre-ordered!  It’s due out on October 6th!

You can see the track list below:

  1. Automatic
  2. Don’t Lie to Me (ft. Matt Good)
  3. I Hate My Roommate (ft. Zack Hansen and Ileigha Kohoutek)
  4. Outer Space (ft. Matt Good)
  5. Daps
  6. That’s On You
  7. Through The Wall
  8. Burden (ft. Hard Target and Ileigha Kohoutek
  9. Oh No (ft. Odd Squad Family)
  10. Karma
  11. Riot (rock version ft. Zack Hansen)
  12. Woopty Woo Woo (rock version)
  13. Sorry That I’m Not Sorry (rock version ft. Alexia Rodriguez)
  14. Crazy (rock version)
  15. Better (rock version ft. Alexia Rodriguez)
  16. It’s All Good (rock version ft. Erik Jensen)
  17. Dead Again w/ Dead Rabbitts
  18. One Hundred w/ Caroline Burt
  19. Rumors w/ Whiteout, The Jokerr and Cryptic Wisdom
  20. YoYo MoFo
  21. You Are

Strange Music’s Back To School 60% Off Sale!

We’re all used to seeing sales at the Strange Music Store for 1/2 Off most items.  Strange Music has actually one-upped themselves with this year’s Back To School Sale which gives you an amazing 60% Off!  We’re talking T-shirts, DVDs, Hoodies, Accessories (ie: belts, ties, playing cards, etc), hats, and more merch for 60% off the regular price!

Unlike their regular sales, this one only lasts until August 20th!  So you’ve GOT to jump on it fast!  Here are the details via this morning’s email blast:

Favorite Merch For 60% Off!

Kick off the school year with some new Strange Music supplies, guaranteed to take education to a higher level!

With 60% off, you can’t miss Strange Music’s Back To School Sale – now’s the time to stock your locker with the hottest apparel and accessories, but you have to get them before they’re gone. You don’t need a PhD to figure out that the Strange Music Back To School Sale is an easy A!

Head over to strangemusicinc.net now for the best deals on the best merch!

Load up your cart and send your kiddo back to school in style at StrangeMusicInc.net!

Majik Ninja Entertainment Signs Last American Rock Stars (Bizarre and King Gordy)

Majik Ninja Entertainment has just announced their newest artist signing on Ashtrays and Action Figures!

After much speculation and rumors the new artists has been confirmed as Last American Rock Stars, which is a group consisting of Bizarre and King Gordy.

What do you think of Majik Ninja Entertainment’s latest signing? Are you looking forward to an album being released by Last American Rock Stars?

ICP’s “Carnival Of Carnage” Show Ticket Update

The historic, one-time only Carnival of Carnage show is goin’ down in just 10 days!  I purchased a ticket myself and was getting a little bit worried about not having a physical ticket in my hands yet.  I reached out to Psychopathic Records to ask what the status is, and they said there would be an update soon.

Today, I checked on the ICP Carnival of Carnage Ticket Page and found the following about tickets:

To purchase tickets for the show, please carefully note the following:

1. There is a ticket limit of 2 for each order.
2. NOTHING WILL BE MAILED – PLEASE VISIT WILL CALL TO PICKUP YOUR BADGE.
3. Photo ID will be required to pick up your BADGE AT WILL CALL.

It probably wouldn’t hurt to have your ticket confirmation printed out if you received an email, but I have been assured that even if you checked out as a guest and didn’t receive an email, your name WILL be on the list at Will Call.  So it looks like we’re gonna have 300 or so ninjas in line at the will call booth at the El Club next weekend.

You can STILL get your tickets, though I’m not sure how many are still available: http://tickets.psychopathicrecords.com/icp-cocshow-26th

It’ll be a night to remember! Hope to see a bunch of you there!

Tech N9ne Collabos – Strange Reign Now Available For Pre-Order

Tech N9ne Collabos – Strange Reign is now available for pre-order on the Strange Music Online Store.

Tech N9ne Collabos – Strange Reign is set to be released on Friday, October 13th in a standard and deluxe version.

You can read the press release below to find out more information about this upcoming release and listen to the original version of “Cold Piece Of Work” which features JL, Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko.

Press Release:

Strange Music is proud to announce that Tech N9ne’s newest Collabos album, Tech N9ne Collabos – Strange Reign, will hit stores on October 13th!

This is your chance to preorder your copy of the latest in the Collabos series and see what makes the artists of Strange Music the top of music’s hierarchy. Featuring your favorite Strange artists – including Krizz Kaliko, Rittz, Stevie Stone, ¡Mayday!, Ces Cru, MURS, Mackenzie Nicole, Above Waves, JL, Darrein Safron, Prozak – Strange Reign proves that the kingdom of Tech N9ne and Strange Music is THE dominate ruling force in music!

Don’t miss your opportunity to preorder your copy of Tech N9ne Collabos – Strange Reign.

Two different versions are available for you to choose from:

  • STANDARD CD version
  • DELUXE CD version (this version will come to you AUTOGRAPHED by Tech N9ne and includes a bonus disc with 5 bonus tracks not found on the Standard version)

Select which version you want to preorder today and, with every version, in addition to your copy of the Tech N9ne Collabos – Strange Reign album, you’ll also receive an 2 EXCLUSIVE BONUS DOWNLOAD TRACKS, as well as a limited edition Strange Reign t-shirt (XL only) and a Strange Music decal!

Don’t forget to check the strangevip.com website to get tickets and VIP packages to celebrate the release of Tech N9ne Collabos – Strange Reign at a special album release event at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO on Friday, 10/13!

You can pre-order the album by clicking the link below.

Tech N9ne Collabos – Strange Reign @ Strange Music Online Store

Check out the song via Youtube below.

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