The Insane Clown Posse Discography has seen many twists and turns over the past 20 years. Every Juggalo out there will tell you that there have been good Insane Clown Posse albums and Insane Clown Posse albums that didn’t quite live up to the hype, which is just one reason why the horror rap group’s most recent release,The Mighty Death Pop!, had so much riding on it, both for the band and its rabid fan base.
The Mighty Death Pop! was to be the album to answer questions about the group’s energy level as they age, how much of the wicked sh*t they have left inside, and how they will respond to all of the hate from the mainstream they’ve been experiencing over the past few years. I mean come on, ICP was even (inaccurately) targeted by the FBI for being a gang. They have some serious aggression to let off!
Now that The Mighty Death Pop! has been released, many of these questions can be put to rest. And thankfully for ICP, this newest Insane Clown Posse album answers many of those questions in the best way possible.
A quick listen through The Mighty Death Pop!, the newest addition to the sprawling ICP discography, will immediately prove the doubters wrong. Not only do J and Dope appear to be immersed in the horror rap world, both lyrically and musically, on this Insane Clown Posse album, but they also lack no energy whatsoever.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that The Mighty Death Pop! lacks the same raw, fresh appeal that so many of the earliest Insane Clown Posse albums in the beginning of the ICP discography made their name on. But, that kind of thing inevitably dies as artists’ discographies grow longer, and ICP’s discography is not immune. It’s nearly impossible for artists to stay raw and fresh 20 years down the road, but considering that, The Mighty Death Pop! (and the latter half of the ICP discography) holds up pretty well.
The most traditional horror rap tracks on this Insane Clown Posse album are “Night of the Chainsaw”, “Blasta Blasta”, “Bazooka Joey”, “Shooting Stars”, and “Hate Her to Death.” The topics of these horror rap songs include school bullying and consequential revenge, shooting at Grammy stars, a deranged chainsaw murderer, and a guy who has a fetish for guns. As you can see, the guys have lost very little in the way of imagination since their horror raps in the earlier half of the ICP discography.
Also included on The Mighty Death Pop! are the softer songs that some horror rap fans disdain, yet others love. Insane Clown Posse albums always include less menacing songs, some that include questions of God, science, and love. The Mighty Death Pop!’s contributions to that catalogue of songs found in Insane Clown Posse albums include “Where is God?”, “Forever”, and “Ghetto Rainbows.” None of these tunes will make the same splash as “Miracles” did like the last time there was a new member in the ICP discography.
While some Juggalos may not like the sections of Insane Clown Posse albums that cover softer topics, they are necessary to the Insane Clown Posse album and ICP discography as a whole.
Reported by Jim Donahue