Saturday, 28 May 2016

Check out the Gathering of The Juggalos 2016 Infomercial

Do you not know who Insane Clown Posse are? Have you never heard of Juggalos? Have you never seen a Gathering Of The Juggalos infomercial? Well, here's a chance to clue yourself in.

Insane Clown Posse are a horror inspired hip hop act from Detroit who spawned a whole genre of rappers with clown paint talking about murder and "neden". Along with the genre came a fanbase which got nicknamed Juggalos. Although Juggalos are primarily considered "white trash" who do a lot of whippets and drink Faygo, I, a Londoner from a pretty middle class upbringing, always saw myself as a Juggalo at heart. I remember seeing the video for ICP's Hocus Pocus when it came out and was mesmerised by these rappers in facepaint.

Over the years, I got myself more familiar with  ICP as well as others from their Psychopathic Records label such as Twiztid and Boondox and related artists such as HedPE and Wolfpac. The Gathering Of The Juggalos, ICP's annual festival, has always really appealed to me. As well as having some amazing names from the hip hop world, they also tend to have some metal or hardcore bands in the mix. This year, GoTJ 17, they've managed to get old school rappers like Bone Thugs N Harmony and Slick Rick on board, as well as metalcore acts like Suicide Silence, Attila, Asking Alexandria and Emmure. Despite being from a more hardcore background, I'm actually more excited by Bone Thugs N Harmony. I don't even really listen to those metal bands. There is still regular metal acts such as GWAR in their latest lineup and HedPE who I've always really liked. TechN9ne is a regular of the festival too. He is probably the main Juggalo related rapper who is even considered outside of the Juggalo "world" as a genius and is loved pretty much by all.

Check out the video for the rest of the lineup, including more rap and metal acts, as well as comedians and other entertainment throughout the weekend. I always like checking it out for discovering new acts or acts I've never heard of before. Deranged horror rock duo One-Eyed Doll and the cocaine loving rappers The Dayton Family both really stood out for me. The infomercial itself, as always, is funny, although as the years go on it has become more purposely comical whereas before it was just weird. Early infomercials even brought forth a bunch of Saturday Night Live parodies. This year, the makers of the infomercial seem to have taken on board SNL's jokes and run with it. This is pretty much a parody within itself and would thus make it hard for anyone to poke fun at.  

And I am actually quite interested in this year's festival. Are any of you guys going?

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