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J-Reno Dives Back Into His Sadist Persona! Releases Free Album W/ Labrynthine Titled “Surrounded By Flames”

Hailing from Windsor, Canada; J Reno represents the underground to its fullest! For over twenty years he’s been on the mic and even charted on the billboard top twenty-five  hip-hop with his masterpiece single, “Snap Music”. “Snap Music” originally appeared on the hip-hop compilation “Tunnel Runners” released by Psychopathic Records, “Snap Music” immediately put him even further in the underground spotlight.  Then J-Reno’s single “Hydro Bills” suddenly went viral across the web, including wide coverage by Vice News.  Lately he’s been wildly steady with his very own The Bunker Studios, a a multi-faceted production company based in Windsor, Ontario. Offering a wide selection of artist services including but not limited to recording, mixing, mastering, production, coaching & mentoring, graphic design, branding and video Editing. The Bunker was personally founded  J-Reno as a means to offer the local scene an affordable & professional recording experience in at atmosphere where an artists music is the center! Now  The hardcore lovers of underground music who’ve been following the Wicked Underground Hip-Hop scene since the early 2,000’s know Mr. Reno stage name used to simply be ” The Sadist”. We here at Faygoluvers have some kick ass news! Outta nowhere J-Reno decided to drop an entire free record for the fans under his Sadist personal titled “Surrounded By Flames” with fellow wicket spitter Labrynithine and its pure raw horror hip-hop front to back! 10 solid tracks that’s guaranteed to wake the dead due to its mind-melting murder rap content!

 

Bump “Surrounded By Flames” on full blast tonight at the link below. Don’t sleep on this fire!

https://labrynthine.bandcamp.com/album/surrounded-by-flames

The Official Collaboration Album between J Reno and Labrynthine

Credits

Released February 13, 2019

Produced, Engineered, Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by J Reno at The Bunker Studios in Windsor, Ontario Canada.

Written by: J Reno & Labrynthine

Additional Lyrics provided by: Krimmy Van Skull & BAD MiND

Beyond Top Secret Release New Album, “Destroy and Rebuild”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mercy Counts Records artists; Freeze, Xplizt and DJ Docta Damnage have to come together to bring a resurgence to their group Beyond Top Secret. The group brings a darker tone and delivers a horrorcore punch. Their latest album, “Destroy and Rebuild,” dropped today February 16th and you can pick up a copy now through the links below.

Although it’s short notice, they do have a release party scheduled February 16th, the same day the album comes out. It will be held in Hamden, Connecticut @ The Rough Draft. 

You can also check out the latest Underground Spotlight interview with both Freeze and Xplizt of Beyond Top Secret, which I will link below.

LINKS:

Beyond Top Secret Interview

Beyond Top Secret Facebook Page

Beyond Top Secret Bandcamp Page

Freeze Bandcamp Page

Xplizt Bandcamp Page

¡Mayday! Releases Surprise EP

The homies in ¡Mayday! have released a surprise album!

The album is entitled, The Thinnest Line Part 2. You can stream/purchase the album by CLICKING HERE.

Here is the social media post:

Nothing like ending the night with a surprise Valentines Gift for all our loved ones. NEW MUSIC!!!#TheThinnestLinePtIINow Streaming everywhere!http://smarturl.it/thinnestline2

‪Let’s kick off this surprise drop with a visual. #Close music video now playing on MaydayTV > http://smarturl.it/thinnestline2 < #TheThinnestLinePtII ‬

Posted by ¡Mayday! on Friday, February 15, 2019

The Upcoming 5th Joker’s Card Is Mentioned Several Times on the Fearless Fred Fury Album

The producer of Fearless Fred Fury, Str8jaket posted up something on his personal Facebook page that definitely made me do a second take. I thought that ICP wasn’t thinking too far ahead when it came to the Joker’s Cards releases but apparently the name of the upcoming fifth Joker’s Card of the second deck is mentioned about eight times on the FFF album!

I hit up Str8jaket to see if it would be ok to post this information and he mentioned that this was also shown during the last Weekely Freekly Weekly. I guess I wasn’t watching too closely at the scroll bar at the bottom because this is what we got:

Check out the video for that below. The scrolling information can be found at around the 7:05 mark.

So, for you ninjas that have heard the album, what are you hearing? Anything that sounds like it could be the name of the next Joker’s Card?

Hit up our comments section and let us know what you think the name of the fifth will be.

ICP’s “Fearless Fred Fury” Dropped Nationwide Today!

Well my friends, it’s February 15th, today is the day. “Three have come. Three have gone. The fourth emerges now.”

The fourth Joker’s Card of the 2nd deck Fearless Fred Fury hits store shelves, mailboxes and digital outlets today! Holy shit!

Some of y’all were lucky enough to get your Flip The Rat CD with the album. Some of y’all we’re lucky enough to get the fresh-ass vinyl version of the album! And some of y’all already got the whole album memorized cause you got the CD early.

For those of you that haven’t got it yet and are itching to see the artwork and booklet you can check out MR. Ryan‘s unboxing video by CLICKING HERE.

If you haven’t purchased the album yet, hit up your local CD store (if you still have one in your town) or hit up PsychopathicMerch.com and check out the bundle packages they got.

We’ve been waiting for this since Halloween night, 2017 and it’s finally here. Got a ninja giddy.

Check out the entire album on Spotify below!

Fiteback!

Breaking News: Gathering Ticket Sales Pushed Back

I’ve got some major news to share with all of you.

It was just announced via social media that the tickets for the Gathering of the Juggalos will NOT be going on sale on February 17th, as previously announced.

Psychopathic has stated that tickets will be on sale before the end of the month and you will have at least a week in advance notice. Peep the announcement below.

As you Juggalos can guess, it is a busy weekend here at Psychopathic! With Fearless Fred Fury about to slam into earholes worldwide, multiple FFF release parties across the country, and two sold out shows for Juggalo Weekend, we feel ninjas need a moment to collect their hair pieces off of the floor and enjoy this flavor!

We have decided to push back the ticket sales for The 20th Annual Gathering Of The Juggalos. But worry not long, because they will still be going up for sale before the month is over! We promise to give you guys at least a week in advance notice, so stay tuned!

For now, enjoy this weekend as we welcome a brand new era! Fred and Flip are 2 days away! WHOOP WHOOP!

Violent J Confirms 3rd Deck of Joker’s Cards! Explains Fred Fury and Recording Process!

On their recent visit to Psychopathic Headquarters, the Detroit News got some MAJOR NEWS BOMBS dropped in their laps, and they probably don’t even realize how fresh it is!

Ever since it has been revealed, there has been speculation as to what the numbers 665 mean.  I have seen some pretty good ones (6+6+5 = 17), and some off the wall ones.  One of our forum regulars, mikeysinder, posted months ago theorizing that there would be 3 Decks of Joker’s Cards.  The first 6, the second (and current) 6, and 5 more in the third deck.  That promises 7 more Joker’s Cards in ICP’s legacy.  Does that sound like a reach?

The Duke himself, Violent J, just confirmed it! He states:

We did 6 Joker’s Cards.  We’re doing another 6 right now.  We’re looking at the time table of our life, and we’re going to do the 5th, and the 6th.  Then we’re going to do a 3rd deck. But we’re not going to do 6-6-6.  We’re gonna stop at 5. There’s the message.  The 6 Joker’s Cards are going to end the same each deck.  Deck 1, deck 2, and deck 3 are going to end the same: Shangri-La and Hell’s Pit.  That’s your choice in life. They’re gonna end with the same message.  Each Joker’s card, as you know, is a lesson to look at yourself in another way…”

Hear all of this and MORE in this 2-1/2 minute clip below:

Damn…that’s a hell of a revelation!  What do you think of the concept of 3 decks?

Fearless Fred Fury: An Unboxing [*SPOILERS INSIDE*]

Our homie Brandon Ward hit me up with a link to an unboxing video of the all new Insane Clown Posse album: Fearless Fred Fury.   The Youtube user MR. Ryan has a local indie record store that sold the album to him two days early.  I tried to go to a few here in the Dallas area, and they said shipments hadn’t arrived yet.  Bummer.

So after picking up the album, Mr. Ryan shows off both FFF and the Flip The Rat album, including the booklet, the discs, and everything else!

Here’s what is shown:

  • The Flip The Rat redemption card for purchasing the extra album
  • FFF booklet filled with lyrics to every track
  • Announcement of ICP’s Strums and Drums (Acoustic Sessions) album…Coming Soon!
  • ICP Vinyl Figures similar to Funko Pops (out May 17th)
  • ICP’s Waxworks will release the following on vinyl: The Tempest, Eye Of The Storm/The Calm, The Shining, Fuck Off!, Wizard of the Hood, Forgotten Freshness Vol 2
  • ICP presents: “The Best Of Collection”.  Four different compilation albums including Soopa Villainz, ICP’s Funniest Shit Ever, ICP’s Most Unusual Shit, and ICP’s Greatest Stories Ever.

Also revealed is the Flip The Rat tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. A Face For Fighting
  3. Fite Back (ft. DJ Paul)
  4. Revenge
  5. I’m That Type (ft. Ouija Macc)
  6. Hungry (ft. Big Hoodoo)
  7. Splish Splash
  8. Friend Request
  9. I Could Never
  10. Hawking
  11. The Dog
  12. Be Safe

If you’d like to view Ryan’s unboxing video, check it out below!

If you don’t have your copy of Fearless Fred Fury pre-ordered for some reason, make sure to hit up PsychopathicMerch.com for those combo deals! #FiteBack

Ouija Announces “Guttergods Group Meet & Greet” VIP Package for Juggalo Weekend!

The homie Ouija Macc reached out to me this morning because he wanted to make sure that all of you New Orleans-bound Juggalos knew about an exclusive VIP Meet & Greet that is available for this weekend!

He’s calling it the “Guttergods Group Meet & Greet”, and after reading the details, it sounds like one that you don’t want to miss!

Each VIP pack will cost you $99.99, and includes all of the following.

From OuijaCollection.BigCartel.com:

In this meet & greet package you will receive:

– 1 on 1 wit Ouija Macc
– A group experience with Ouija Macc & your fellow GUTTERGODS which includes but is hardly limited to, roasting haters, smoking poops, organizing mischief.
– Power of suggestion exercise
– Gary Way 101
– A secret gift (undisclosed EVENT EXCLUSIVE merch item signed by Ouija Macc)
– A physical CD (signed specifically to you)
– The opportunity to participate in a ritual
– A story told to you from the up-coming hardback “Ouija Chronicles” coffee table book.
– Your face signed with Ouija Macc’s facetats & a rare photo taken with DJ Chunk & Ouija Macc!
– A once in a lifetime experience!
– A dope ass GROUP PHOTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To redeem:

Present your proof of purchase (identification and confirmation code-set) @ the Official Ouija Macc merch booth at your prospective location & you will be given your goodies & ushered into a portal to meet with The guttergods, DJ CHunk & Ouija Macc Himself!

Disclaimer:

No returns, all sales final. once you purchase this access code to the meet and greet, it is your responsibility to redeem and attend.

If you want to be a part of this, get your VIP here: https://ouijacollection.bigcartel.com/product/juggalo-day

Attila, Ice Nine Kills, Sylar, and Mushroomhead Announce Multiple Tours

Attila, Ice Nine Kills, Sylar, and Mushroomhead have announced multiple tours!

First up Attila, which is dropping a brand new album entitled, Villain on February 22nd, will kick off their tour dates with four album release shows starting on February 20th and finishing up on February 23th.

With those shows wrapped up they join up with All That Remains, Escape The Fate and more to go on a co-headlining tour kicking off on February 28th and concluding April 6th. Check out all the dates below.

Attila tour flyers

Next up is horror inspired band, Ice Nine Kills. They hit the road on the March Into Madness tour starting on March 27th with From Ashes To New, Palisades, Afterlife and Hawk with this tour wrapping up on April 18th.

Shortly after that they join Falling In Reverse, From Ashes To New and New Years Day to hit the road starting on April 20th and finishing up on May 24th.

Be sure to check out their latest album The Silver Scream. You can see all the tour dates below.

Ice Nine Kill tour flyers

New York’s Sylar is set to hit the road on a headlining tour in support of their latest album, Seasons.

The Seasons tour kicks off on April 18th and finishes up on June 1st. They will be joined by an unknown special guest, Varials and GroundCulture.

You can see all the tour dates below.

Sylar tour flyer

Last but certainly not least Mushroomhead is set to hit the road on the Madness & Mayhem Tour. They will be joined by Hellzapoppin, Ventana, and Worldwide Panic.

The tour kicks off on February 15th and concludes on March 17th. You can see all the tour dates below.

Off Broadway Theatrical Showings Of American Juggalo Kick Off February 13th In New York, NY

Random freshness within the Juggalo World keeps popping up unexpectedly across the globe and this one is insanely fresh! A Broadway production about the Juggalo Culture officially drops tomorrow and all through selects dates in New York, New York inside the Here Arts Center and its freshly titled “American Juggalo”!

TICKET INFORMATION

HERE Arts Center
145 6th Ave
New York, NY 10002

February 13 – March 3

February 13, 14, 20, 27, and 28 @ 7 PM

March 3 @ 2 PM

Runtime: approx. 80 mins

Select dates

$20 – http://www.here.org/shows/detail/2057/

From Here Shows Official Website

“Unattended Baggage takes an honest look at one of the United States’ most despised subcultures to question what being “fam” really means with the World Premiere of American Juggalo. As a night at The Gathering of the Juggalos unfolds, a group of hardcore Insane Clown Posse (ICP) fans begin to question what being a Juggalo is really about and if their shared love of ICP is strong enough for them to create a chosen family that will stand the test of time.

American Juggalo has received development through Mom’s Insurance Writer’s Group (2016); an Artist-In-Residency at Porterspace (2017); Vital Joint (2018); and the New Ohio Theatre’s Producers Club (2019).

Drew Weinstein thoughtfully directs a phenomenal cast of actors: Niara Seña, Linus Gelber, Cody Nash Edwards, Took Edalow, Lauren E Butler, Jarrod Zayas, and Maxim Swinton.

American Juggalo is written by Sean Pollock adapted from the 2011 documentary of the same name by Sean Dunne, featuring additional interviews by the playwright conducted at Webster Hall (2016), The Well (2017), The Gathering Of The Juggalos (2018), selected found text from the documentary I’ve Been Down – The Gathering 2011 by Brendan Jamieson, additional inspiration from Behind The Paint by Violent J and selected anecdotes from the playwright’s real-life experiences.

“When I first saw the documentary American Juggalo on Reddit, I was immediately fascinated and shocked. Here were a group of tight-knit people dressed up in clown face paint who had piercings, gages, tattoos and dyed hair of different shapes, sizes, and skin color and I thought: why aren’t we seeing these people on stage? I mean, I can only think of one play in recent history on a commercial level that even featured someone with artificial hair color.” Sean Pollock, the playwright states: “The Juggalos have been the butt of so many jokes for years, but over the past three years field research such as going to ICP concerts and the Gathering of The Juggalos and collecting interviews, I’ve learned that there’s something special about them that I’ve grown to love and appreciate; even when they misbehave. They are not a gang. They are not bigots. They are a loving, yet flawed family who accepts everyone who accepts them. However, when you open that door of inclusivity too wide-you invite unwanted family members, and that’s what the play aims to explore.”

American Juggalo has received development through Mom’s Insurance Writer’s Group (2016); an Artist-In-Residency at Porterspace (2017); Vital Joint (2018); and the New Ohio Theatre’s Producers Club (2019).

 

About the show

American Juggalo is a snapshot of the often mocked and misunderstood subculture of Juggalos, hardcore Insane Clown Posse (ICP) fans, who meet once a year for four days at The Gathering of the Juggalos. On the last night of The Gathering, a group of Juggalos from different walks of life come together to swap stories, share experiences, and party. As the night unfolds, they begin to question if their shared love of one band is strong enough to create a lasting bond, and what it means to be “fam.” American Juggalo is a new docu-theatre piece adapted from the 2011 documentary short by Sean Dunne along with interviews conducted by the playwright from Insane Clown Posse shows at Webster Hall, The Well, and the 2018 Gathering of the Juggalos. ”

Credits

Written by Sean Pollock

Directed by Drew Weinstein
Produced by Alyssa Berdie
Associate Director and Associate Producer: Connor Scully
Dramaturg: Anna Schultz

Costume Design by Sean Pollock
Sound Design by Drew Weinstein
Lighting Design by Anna Schultz
Scenic and Props Design by Alexandra Pfeifer
Projection Design by Jacqueline Reed
Production Management by Dmitri Barcomi
Fight and Intimacy Consulting by Emily Edwards

STARRING
Linus Gelber as Jester
Niara Seña as Tammi Lynn
Cody Nash Edwards as Darren
Took Edalow as Maniac
Lauren E. Butler as Ashlee
Jarrod Zayas as Barocko
Maxim Swinton and Robbie Crandall as Porkchop

The Violent J/Rude Boy Feud Heats Up Pre-SoopaMania! Shaggy & Carlito Get Involved

Oh fuck, ninjas. It looks like shit is getting serious with this feud between Violent J and The Rude Boy.

For those of you that don’t know a few days back Violent J challenged The Rude Boy to a match at SoopaMania.

A couple more promo videos have dropped and Violent J is starting to get savage, Juggalos. Because of these promos Violent J is cutting it looks like Shaggy 2 Dope and DJ Carlito may now be involved with this mess!

We posted about this a couple days ago and you can check out our original post HERE or check out the updated timeline of events below.

Thursday, Feb 7th

Violent J shows a picture of himself doing a moonsault during his comeback match. First time in eight years. Almost broke his neck. J points out The Rude Boy in the photo. It’s his “best friend”and he’s not even looking at him! He’s about to die and The Rude Boy isn’t even looking at him! Therefore, Violent J challenges The Rude Boy to a match at The Gathering 20! Will The Rude Boy accept?

Saturday, Feb 9th

The Rude Boy mockingly speaking to a cardboard cut-out of a 2002 version of Violent J calling him by his full name “Joseph Francis Bruce.” He saw the previous video and he cannot believe J challenged him to a match at The Gathering 20! He mentions that he’s been retired for two years so “we’ll have to see about that.”

Later on Saturday, Feb 9th

SoopaMania is heating up! Violent J fires back!

Posted by Insane Clown Posse on Saturday, February 9, 2019

Violent J once again calls out The Rude Boy, telling him “I will beat you! You are lunch and I will eat you!” How will The Rude Boy respond, Juggalos?

Sunday, Feb 10th

The Rude Boy asks Violent J if he remembers… #SoopaMania is getting serious!

Posted by Insane Clown Posse on Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Rude Boy starts out with a semi-good Michael Jackson impression singing his own version of “Remember The Time.” Asking if Violent J remembers that time in West Virginia when Rudy smacked J in the head with a steel chair. The Rude Boy then says he wouldn’t want something like that happen again so Violent J may want to take back his challenge.

Monday, Feb 11th

Those are some serious fighting words! Did Violent J take it too far?! #SoopaMania

Posted by Insane Clown Posse on Monday, February 11, 2019

Violent J starts talking to an image of DJ Carlito, The Rude Boy’s son, similar to the way The Rude Boy spoke to the cardboard cut-out of Violent J. J reminds Carlito about the time he told him if anything ever happens to his dad, J will take care of him. So he might as well move he shit into J’s house, cause The Rude Boy is gonna get his ass kicked at SoopaMania! He says Carlito can call him dad if he wants! Holy shit! “He’s not just trying to hurt the man – he’s out to end his career!”

Tuesday, Feb 12th (Today)

Shaggy 2 Dope and DJ Carlito throw their hat in the mix?! SoopaMania is getting out of control!

Posted by Insane Clown Posse on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Shaggy 2 Dope aka El Nino can definitely see Violent J vs The Rude Boy goin’ down at SoopaMania. El Nino has a client however and that’s DJ Carlito. Oh shit! El Nino heard what Violent J had to say in the last video about his client and he’s pissed that went out to millions and millions of fans! DJ Carlito calls out J calling him “Uncle Joe.” Says no one’s calling anyone daddy; it’ll be Violent J calling his mama! Shaggy says to keep their name out of their mouth or they’ll also have them to deal with.

Well ninjas, what can I say. It looks like this is setting up to be quite the main event. Rude Boy still has yet to accept the challenge so stay tuned to see what develops!

Violent J Reflects on the Recent Respect for the Insane Clown Posse

Today at DetroitNews.com, a fantastic article about the Insane Clown Posse and their upcoming Joker’s Card Fearless Fred Fury debuted.  Journalist Adam Graham (accompanied by photographer Daniel Mears) spoke with Violent J and the Rude Boy at Psychopathic Headquarters.  While they covered a few different topics, the overall theme of this conversation was the respect that they’ve earned after making music for nearly three decades!

They also speak on:

  • Being cheered at a Vanilla Ice concert
  • Mainstream media/publications giving them some shine
  • The anger that drove them to create Fearless Fred Fury
  • Delaying the release of the album
  • Dropping another 5 Joker’s Cards after this deck is complete

Yes, you read that right!  After these next 2 Joker’s Cards are released, there will be another deck of five!  Here’s the full article.

From DetroitNews.com:

After 30 years, Insane Clown Posse gets respect

On the eve of its new album, out Friday, the Detroit duo finds itself no longer the world’s most hated group.

Insane Clown Posse was used to being hated, and even learned to embrace it. But then things started to change.

The infamous Detroit-bred rap duo was side-stage at an all-90s concert at DTE Energy Music Theatre in 2016 when their longtime friend, Vanilla Ice, invited them to join him. The stage was already crowded with audience members who had jumped up from the crowd, and ICP’s Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope made their way through the throng to the front of the stage. Nerves were setting in and J wasn’t sure what kind of reaction to expect.

“I’m thinking we’re going to get booed, because that’s all we’ve ever known,” says Violent J, seated inside the recording studio of ICP’s Farmington Hills headquarters last week.

But when their familiar painted faces hit the venue’s video screens, he received a welcome surprise.

“The whole place popped. We couldn’t’ believe it! We were shocked,” he says. “That’s never happened in our life.”

After nearly 30 years of making music, ICP has finally worn down the mainstream.

Katy Perry fans aren’t going to suddenly start coming to their shows and identifying as Juggalos, members of the group’s extremely dedicated, hardcore fanbase.

But those outsiders know enough about the horrorcore rappers — through 2010’s viral video for “Miracles,” the group’s parodies on “Saturday Night Live,” and news of the group’s much-publicized battle with the FBI — that ICP has at long last earned the respect of casual music fans.

“This is a new day,” says J, his face covered in his signature black-and-white greasepaint, drinking from a sugar free Red Bull on a Wednesday afternoon. “We’re not hated like that no more. We used to just get so much hate, instantly. ‘The most hated band in the world.’ But we’ve been around so long that I think when people see us, they’re like, ‘man, that’s cool.’ They’re not the type to go buy the CD but they’re like, ‘give it up for them.’ And it wasn’t always like that. It was the opposite.”

In recent years, ICP has walked through doors that were previously closed to them. In 2017, the group appeared on New York radio station Hot 97’s popular “Ebro in the Morning” program, where they were introduced as “legends” of rap music. Later that year, ICP sat down with “Sway in the Morning” on SiriusXM’s Shade 45, the hip-hop station founded by the Clowns’ one-time rival, Eminem.

Last month, ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” weaved the plot of an episode around ICP, and TV shows like “Workaholics” and “American Dad!” have made references to the Clowns.

“There have been so many moments like that, where we can stick our head up out from the underground and look around and it’s not like it used to be. It’s not like the war zone no more,” says J, real name Joseph Bruce. “Everybody’s got respect for us, you know? And we can go pretty much wherever we want. And that’s so much different than anything we’ve ever experienced.”

Rudy “Rude Boy” Hill, a long-time associate of the group, chalks up the group’s staying power, at least partially, to the fact that their facepaint allows them to remain ageless.

“ICP will always have a stable in pop culture,” says Hill, who compares them, in that regard, to Kiss. “I’m always telling the guys, you need to accept your role as icons. That makeup never gets old.”

Still, not all is rosy in the world of ICP. The group’s new album, “Fearless Fred Fury,” is inspired in part by the “epic betrayal” the group felt when their one-time protégé, James “Otis” Garcia, left the group’s record label Psychopathic Records and signed with Majik Ninja Entertainment, headed up by their former friends-turned-rivals Twiztid. The departure came after J found out Garcia was secretly dating his niece.

“It was like a physical pain,” J says of the 2016 revelations. “I felt so much betrayal that it hurt. Like, hot tears shooting out of my eyes. I couldn’t even believe it.”

The anger he felt is manifested in the aggressive sound of “Fearless Fred Fury,” out Friday. The Fred Fury character is the personification of regret; fighting back and taking control of your destiny is a major theme of the album.

“Fearless Fred Fury” is the group’s 15th full-length studio album, and its first since 2015’s double album set “The Marvelous Missing Link,” which was produced by Garcia. Physical copies of the album will be accompanied by a bonus disc, “Flip the Rat,” which includes 12 additional tracks.

“Fearless Fred Fury” was originally due out in October but took longer than expected to finish; the nearly four years between albums marks the longest stretch between ICP releases since the group’s debut as Inner City Posse in 1990. Violent J canceled a solo tour last month to continue to tinker with the album; Shaggy, born Joe Utsler, is currently on a solo tour.

The set ranges from the unadulterated rage of tracks like “WTF!” and “Fury!” to more playful tracks like “Low,” which interpolates the Zombies’ “Time of the Season” and “West Vernor Ave.,” which borrows from Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue.”

“We poured our guts into this record,” says J, a 46-year-old father of two. “This is the best ICP is right now, in 2019. This is the best we got.”

ICP shows no signs of slowing; there are two more chapters due in its current album cycle, and the group plans a five-album series to close out its epic “Dark Carnival” saga of good vs. evil. “We’re going to end it probably when we’re, like, 60-something,” says J, who speaks in the bass-heavy cadence of a professional wrestler cutting a promo.

But the hunger for new experiences, both career- and life-wise, continues to push ICP forward.

Last year, the group performed an acoustic set at its annual Big Ballers Christmas Party, a first for the pair, and they’re planning more unplugged performances in the future, including at this summer’s 20th annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival.

“Maybe we’ll get on a late night talk show doing that. Why can’t we? Why can’t we ever get on Jimmy Fallon?” J asks.

It’s one way the old Clowns are learning new tricks.

“We’ve always fought not to be old-school,” J says. “When we started getting old school, we fought to stay relevant. But once we were old-school and had to admit it, it’s been the most rewarding time of our career. We haven’t been prouder or had more great response since we became old school. What we feared our whole life is actually the best,” he says.

“I can’t lie and say it doesn’t feel good to be included and be respected by the rest of the world. To be welcomed is an unbelievably wonderful feeling. Because we never changed, we kept doing what we do. They changed.”

View the full photo gallery they shot while at Psychopathic HQ by clicking the pic below.
Click to view the photo gallery from Detroit News!

Faygoluvers Presents: Generation TWIZTID Chapter I (6) – 20 YRZ TWIZTID

It’s Tuesday night, and time to debut the next-to-last episode of the Generation TwiZtiD docu-series that our homie Brandon Ward put together!  Next week’s Chapter T (7) will conclude the series, going all the way to where Twiztid currently is in their careers!

This episode, Chapter I (6), covers the beginning of their post-Psychopathic era with A New Nightmare and The Darkness.  In this 50+ minute episode, we get to see footage from this era, the most recent performance of all 6 petals of Dark Lotus, a majority of the Wizard of the Hood set (courtesy of Bill Dozer), and more odds and ends!  Check out this chapter below:

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Lee’s Summit Chamber Showcases Strange CEO Travis O’Guin with In-Depth Article

Lee’s Summit Chamber, which is the chamber of commerce location of Strange Music’s business headquarters and studios has released an extremely in-depth article about Strange Music’s CEO Travis O’Guin over at their website LSChamber.com

They discuss the very beginnings of Strange Music, how Travis and Tech became partners, the birth of the label name “Strange Music,” signing talent, the future of Strange and much, much more.

I don’t know about you ninjas, and maybe I’m just ignorant, but a lot of info in the article is shit I’ve never read before. For example did you know that Travis started out running a furniture service business with 32 locations across the country? Or that Strange Music gets about 40 demos a week? And they try to listen to every single one of them.

You can check out the entire article titled “Travis O’Guin: Man Behind Strange Music” by CLICKING HERE or check that out below.

Travis O’Guin: Man Behind Strange Music

Even before graduating high school from VanHorn of Kansas City, Mo. in 1988, Travis O’Guin was quite the entrepreneur. He spent the years  after graduation running a furniture service business with 32 locations across the country, getting into real estate, and working with friends to help start an urban apparel business. Working with Paradise Originals, the apparel brand, is how Travis first met up with Tech N9ne. Travis approached Tech to see if he would be interested in being a part of their fashion shows and having them design clothes for his own stage wear. This was the interaction between Travis and Tech N9ne that would eventually turn into their current working partnership.

O'Guin in StudioBeing a product of the Kansas City School District, Travis was raised in the Hip Hop environment. He always liked rap and the music influences coming from the West Coast and New York. An early fan of Tech N9ne’s music, Travis would listen to it saying, “This guy is crazy talented, why isn’t he bigger than he is?”

In 1999, they had their first meeting so Travis could find out  more about Tech’s current status within the music business. After learning the details of Tech’s existing situation, Travis advised him saying, “You need money and attorneys to fix the inner friction,” however he wasn’t ready to get personally involved. They kept in touch and about six months later, Tech shared his new song, “This Ring,” with Travis. It was so powerful to Travis that he decided to discuss the possibility of getting into the music business.

At the next meeting between the two, Travis asked Tech, “What is it that you truly want to do? What is your real goal?” Tech responded with, “Well I have this publishing company, EGN Arts—spelled backwards is Strange.”

“Ok, well I’m a huge Doors fan and if I could ever have my own music label – I want to call it Strange Music,” said Travis. This was the start of a conversation that lead them to the partnership they have today.

What have been the biggest milestones and accomplishments for Strange Music?
After formalizing their partnership to create the Strange Music label in 2000, the business had its early trials and tribulations. Travis ran the business side of things while Tech N9ne was the artist, and they shared one unified goal: creating something big. The first four or five years of the label’s existence consisted of a lot of expensive lessons on what not to do.

The first distribution deal was working with JCOR, from New York, on the Anghellic album, but it only lasted through the one album. The next partnership was with MSC Entertainment (Mark Cerami), former owner of Priority Records, but again was short-lived. They needed a long-term distribution partner to really move in the right direction.

While the music business overall seemed to be spiraling downward, Travis said they needed a better plan. “We set a goal for ourselves to sell 50,000-100,000 albums and thought that would be our ticket to get a Cash Money/No Limit (wellknown independent labels) type of deal as independent musicians. We needed money to grow and distribute our music in a big way. By 2005 we had sold 500,000 records, not the lessor and were more than ready for that big deal.”

Strange Music knew they needed an advance of nearly $400,000 from a
distribution partner to get the next album launched. Travis was introduced to Fontana/Universal Music but they said, “No, we don’t do that sort of thing”. He invited them to a Tech N9ne show in Los Angeles at the Key Club and the next day they got a meeting to seal the deal for the money needed. This was a new start for Strange Music and really the stepping stone to move forward and make decisions on their own as a label. Everready was the next big album put out with the support of Fontana/Universal.

They have had much success in the last 12 years, since that distribution deal was struck, and while some reorganization happened for Universal (selling Fontana to INgrooves), it is still an effective partnership. Universal distributes physical copies while INgrooves works digital releases.

How do you find new talent?
Strange Music started here in Kansas City, building Tech N9ne and working with local musicians, but over the years has expanded nationwide with about half  remaining local.

Hip Hop has always been their  primary genre, but they are also exploring R&B and Pop. Most new artists come to them. “We get in about 40 demos a week and try to listen to every single one. The only rule is it must be incredible music, and they must be true to the Strange Music brand. Each new artist has come to us in a unique way,” Travis explained.

For example, their relationship with ¡Mayday!, from Miami, started because they really wanted to open for Tech N9ne. They now have five albums created during their contract and are looking to re-sign them. The last album they released with them was the number one Reggae album in the country.

Another find was Rittz, from Atlanta. He sent in a YouTube remake of a Tech N9ne song. “That showed new creativity we really liked,” said Travis, “and since signing him we’ve made four albums.”

Their newest Pop wave includes a band from Chicago, Above Waves; an artist from St. Louis, Darrein Safron; and Mackenzie Nicole, one of their newest up-and-coming artists from Lee’s Summit. Mackenzie is touring along with Tech N9ne and working to expand the audience. She also does multiple local and national radio shows. “Mackenzie is doing incredible  writing her own music, being creative with the videos, and really letting herself come through,” remarked Travis.

How does Strange Music inspire creativity with artists?
Their space allows for top-to-bottom creative development. They have producers to encourage every aspect needed to develop new music, staff to help in the recording studio, video development, graphic design, merchandise for tours, promotion and social media. Because of all the in-house resources, Strange Music can be very hands-on throughout the creative process for their artists, allowing them to take advantage of the creative environment at Strange Land. Each recording studio has an at-home feel with a full kitchen, couches, private bathroom, and closed-off recording areas.

Technology, specifically streaming music, has certainly affected the music industry overall. There has been a significant hit to the music industry over the last 4.5 years due to streaming. As much as they wanted to avoid it, it was unavoidable, and they have taken a nearly 60 percent revenue hit on music because of it. Approximately 84 percent of streaming revenue is going to less than 1 percent of artists and the independent artists that Strange Music works with are not in this 1 percent.

This is why Strange Music is, and continues to be, so diversified in their overall business. The three main segments for Strange Music are recorded music, touring, and merchandising. Early on, very few independent Hip Hop artists did tours, but Strange Music was able to incorporate innovative touring ideas and VIP packages that have now become the way artists are able to make money. They developed “clearing power” at venues as well, by taking the top spot over other shows because the venue knows Strange Music artists will get the best turnout for a show.

Merchandising is another aspect of the business they do very well. One full building (Strange World) is dedicated to creating,  manufacturing, organizing and distributing all merchandise orders. Merchandising alone is  approximately a $10M annual business with a 60/40 split from online purchases and tours.

Why did Strange Music choose Lee’s Summit for their business  headquarters and studios?
Travis started with “offices” in the basement of his Blue Springs home back in 2000. He eventually moved operations from his home to a 1700-square-foot strip mall space on North 7 Hwy for merchandise and development. That space tripled to three 1700 -square-foot connected spaces within a year’s time.

With no room to allow for the  continued growth, Travis looked for space in Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit. He liked the potential for growth in Lee’s Summit and found the 16,000-square-foot “Major Savers” building abandoned off Douglas in 2009 thinking “this will last us forever”.

Completely gutted and refinished way nicer than anyone felt Travis should, they outgrew the 16,000 -square -foot -space in 11 months. However, it now serves as the Strange Music headquarters. They had to rent additional buildings across the street and continue looking for additional options.

Strange Music Inc. is organized amongst five different buildings. Each building has a different focus, but all reflect the high-end, Strange Music brand.

What is next for Strange Music?
Right now, Travis has eleven different companies, nine of which work together for Strange Music with vertical integration. In February of 2019, a twelfth venture will be launched and announced in their industry around distribution. Travis says, “I came into this business with an open mind and I learn something new every day. I think being open to learning along the way has allowed us to keep going up with a positive trajectory.”

Future growth is also planned on the additional five acres on Victoria Drive in Lee’s Summit. Building plans for Strange Headquarters 2.0 will be a 60,000-squarefoot space. They then hope to convert the current headquarters building into “Strange Distillery” where they will create and manufacture their own ready-to-drink beverages.

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