Insane Clown Posse is a hip hop duo that formed around 1989 in Detroit MI. Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler also known respectfully as Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope perform as the group; Insane Clown Posse. The two perform a style of hardcore hip hop known as horrorcore which is known for its elaborate live performances. Insane Clowns have earned two platinum and five gold albums. Over the years since their formation, Insane Clown Posse have established a dedicated following referred to as Juggalos.
In a recent press release which I have included in this article, Insane Clown Posse have announced they will be suing the FBI for “classifying their fans as a loosely organized hybrid gang” in its National Gang Threat Assessment.
During the seminar, ICP’s Violent J discussed how, at first, he didn’t know how to respond to the FBI’s accusations. But now, they’ve decided to pursue suing the FBI, “no matter what it costs or what it takes… The main fact is, we’re not just layin’ down and taking it up the ass.” The tent erupted in cheers and chants of “Family,” and many Juggalos started crying. As ICP’s lawyer, friend, and longtime Juggalo, Ryan Farris said, “This is a family of love, this ain’t no organized crime family.”
Their impending case comes after the group got wind that one Juggalo, who was on probation for two armed robbery cases, wound up on New Mexico’s Most Wanted list. On his wanted poster (viewable here), it lists “gang affiliation” as “Insane Clown Posse ‘Juggalo.’”
Today, the group and its label, Psychopathic Records, launchedjuggalosfightback.com. On the site, Juggalos are encouraged share their stories of how their rights were impacted for being fans of ICP. “We want to show our appreciation and support for our fans and we are prepared to assist you in learning about your legal rights and to fight for you in Court, if possible,” reads the statement on the website, which promises to “assist you in getting the legal help that you deserve as a Juggalo.” Moreover, fans who are actually at the Gathering have a chance to meet with a lawyer who is building what sounds like a class-action case. “The only reason this is not all over the world news is cause it happened to us, and ICP is a joke to the mainstream world,” said Shaggy 2 Dope.
My initialanalysis of the group is that they were all bad. However, after getting acquainted with their music and philosophy on life, I have altered my opinion to a more benign assessment. True they are in your face with the good and evil message replete in their lyrics, and their stage performance; but they are primarily engaged in activities, protected by the United States Constitution, which affords them “Freedom of Speech.”
To put is more clearly, “Insane Clown Posse” are entertainers that perform for committed fans who enjoy their brand of entertainment. The fact that the performers were x-gang members and have had countless run-ins with the law, does not chance the fact that their group, ICP, was formed specifically to entertain and consequently enjoy the fruits of their efforts, which happens to be “Revenue.”
In my mind, they’re a business engaged in selling a product, “entertainment”, to people exercising their free will, that engage in the lawful exchange. On the one hand, “Insane Clown Posse.” satisfactorily delivers lawful products and services in exchange for a posted, published or displayed amount of money. Both parties of the transaction have agreed that they are satisfied with the exchange. It couldn’t be more simpler than that.
Now there are a number of homicides and criminal activity that has been attributed to them, however, given their large fan base the number of crimes don’t pass the smell test. Though the criminal perpetrators claim that they are “Juggalos” should have no legal repercussions on “Insane Clown Posse.”
The following press release was recently published by “Insane Clown Posse’s” and appeared on their website. At its conclusion I have provided links to the information I studied that informed my opinion. You are welcome to asses it on your own and freely interpret it on your own.
ICP Press Release:
Earlier this week the Insane Clown Posse took to their Twitter to hint at a large announcement that they were going to drop today during their seminar at “The 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos.” Violent J had this to say, “We got a huge announcement to make at 3PM Friday from the ICP seminar. Its probably the biggest announcement of our career. Yes we’re nervous ” The “Insane Clown Posse” seminar has hit the planet and the Juggalo world won’t be the same! Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have declared that they are suing the Federal Bureau of Investigations. ICP VS. FBI! In case you’re not sure what’s happening, here’s the rundown:
In the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment List the Juggalos were declared a gang that ranks with Crips, Bloods, and The Latin Kings. Because of this the Insane Clown Posse have decided to use whatever means necessary to bring justice for the Juggalos and Juggalettes worldwide who are in no way, shape, or form a gang.
When Violent J spoke to vice.com for a full article on the subject he had this to say about the impending legal battle, “ICP is going to do something huge for our fans, and the world. We’re suing the FBI to be taken off their list. They’re trying to kill our band, and we have to fight back. Let’s get this straight,” he continued, “a Juggalo is not a gang member. Consider a Juggalo that, 15 years ago, got a hatchet man tattoo or something. Now they’ve got a family, they’re working in real estate or something, and they’re driving home and get a speeding ticket. Next thing you know, he’s in the gang file, and that will be taken into consideration in any trial. Suddenly, it isn’t just somebody who f**** up, it’s a gang member who f**** up, and they’re getting a heavier sentence.”
While ICP have promised to do all they can to clear the names of the Juggalos and Juggalettes, YOU can help out and be heard! The Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records have launched JUGGALOSFIGHTBACK.COM! As the site says, If you or someone you know have suffered any negative consequence with a 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. Simply click here to visit juggalosfightback.com to fill out the Juggalo legal action questionnaire and share your story! Then keep checking back here at insaneclownposse.com for more details on this story as they unfold!