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Clark, the juggalos - "saluted on the albums as "the certain, chosen few" - were the first and only thing on their minds."We went in to record with no pressure," says J, "just knowing this was for our own little world.It might say something like this: The XYZ Doohickey Company was founded in 1971, and has been providing quality doohickeys to the public ever since.Located in Gotham City, XYZ employs over 2,000 people and does all kinds of awesome things for the Gotham community.As producer Clark says, "It's a little more sophisticated. The tracks are better -- but still very ICP." With only a modicum of guests this time -- including ICP cohorts Twiztid and legendary Detroit rapper Esham -- the songs on Bizzar and Bizaar run the gamut from straight-up hip-hop to rocking guitar tracks and ICP's old skool horrorcore. This crop of songs has a doozy in "Let's Go All the Way," a remake of the 1986 pop hit by Sly Fox recorded with the Detroit rock band Perpetual Hype Machine. "Please Don't Hate Me" mines a sweet acoustic guitar arrangement under some typically wicked ICP lyrics that wreak a little vengeance on a particularly disrespectful hip-hop colleague.
Despite minimal radio or TV exposure, Insane Clown Posse managed to build a huge rabid fan base that is a culture unto itself and is still thriving today.
Thanks to the savvy, street-level guerrilla marketing by the duo and its Psychopathic Records posse of ninjas, ICP's juggalo crew has been serviced by not only the music and live performances but also by comic books, videos (including the feature film Big Money Hustlas), an extensive and inventive line of merchandise, and the rough-and-tumble side project Worldwide Championshit Wrestling.
ICP -- which distinguished itself at last year's Woodstock festival by taping money to the bottom of giant balloons it sent sailing into the crowd -- readily acknowledges this is all for some tastes and not for others.
"This record is really, really relaxed, and it's fun," says Violent J.
"The reason it's fun is because we stopped trying to reach the mainstream audience.