Ranking the Gathering of the Juggalos Infomercials
ICP and Sugar Slam
For the fifth consecutive year, the good people at Psychopathic Records have smiled upon us and delivered unto the Internet another magical miracle in the form of their Gathering of the Juggalos infomercial. For those who may not be "down with the clown," the Gathering of the Juggalos is the largest convention of Insane Clown Posse fans in the world. This August marks the fourteenth installment, a five-day spectacle at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. In honor of this latest clip, we have decided to raise a glass of Faygo to the Clowns by cranking our collective Riddleboxes and ranking the best Gathering of the Juggalos infomercials.
5) 2012 - War on the Mainstream
To some, Juggalos may seem like the most reviled fanbase in all of popular music. Not unlike the Grateful Dead's Deadheads, Jimmy Buffet's Parrotheads and Jimmy Ray's Rayheads, they're a group largely marginalized and victimized because they're really excited about a particular artist's music. Granted, the Dark Carnival's welcoming arms tend to be so inclusive that they draw upon many societal misfits, which made last year's infomercial a call-to-arms from the war zone that is the underground vs. the mainstream. Coincidentally, the lines between mainstream and underground hip-hop became more blurred that summer at the Gathering which featured performances from Danny Brown, the Game and Master P.
See also: Our entire Juggalo archive.
4) 2011 - In a Galaxy Far, Far Away
The 2011 Gathering infomercial boasted our beloved hosts Sugar Slam and DJ Clay joined by Vanilla Ice and producer Mike E. Clark donning alien costumes and bringing a full outer-space outsiders' perspective on the Gathering of the Juggalos. As great as it is to hear Clark/Clerg's excited reaction to Juvenile's announced performance, the real achievement here is how, in its third installment, the Gathering infomercial feels like a full-fledged event. The production values stepped up, signaling the infomercial truly being an institution.
3) 2013 - Weekly Freekly Weekly
This year's infomercial largely did away with the special guest hosts as Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope themselves (and Sugar Slam) gave us the lowdown through their mock special news broadcast, the Weekly Freekly Weekly. In further proof that the clowns happen to be really funny guys, this year's presentation appears to be largely off the cuff. Also notable this year is the emphasis on young talent. Whereas the bulk of the other Gatherings have promoted returning stars of yesteryear, this year's heavily hyping debuts of hither-to-unknown artists like Big Hoodoo, first Gathering appearances of Sevendust and Buckwheat Groats and even the wrestling tent promoting today's independent favorites such as the Young Bucks and Kevin Steen.