Tonight, everyone's favorite three-decade spanning face-painted dark carnival acolytes, Insane Clown Posse, headline at The Observatory. There's a lot about tonight's show that may surprise the casual Juggalo-observers who may be glancing over the marquee. For one thing, the show is all ages, so absolutely anybody can get down with the clown. The show is also $26.50, not bad for how elaborate and extended headlining ICP sets are rumored to be. The price is a bargain when you consider joining them on the bill tonight, along with Young Wicked and Dope D.O.D. are Three-6 Mafia member DJ Paul and early-2000s rock royalty P.O.D.
While the latter two may not seem that random for diehard hatchet-rydaz who may see the line-up, as ICP and Paul's Hypnotized Minds clique have a relationship going back 15 years and P.O.D. are Gathering of the Juggalos alumni, the non-clowndestined among you reading this might be surprised that “the most hated band in the world” would have such allies. It is in further hopes to shock your eyelids that we present Five Unexpected Insane Clown Posse collaborations.
Insane Clown Posse featuring Kid Rock – “Is That You?”
Way back in 1991 when the Clowns were working on their debut Carnival of Carnage, the Detroit natives drafted the two biggest names in Motor City hip-hop, Esham and Kid Rock. This is right around the time Kid Rock had a hi-top fade and was making straight-forward sex-laden rhymes for Jive Records. Here, all three sound super-young, and it's the closest the three of them would ever be as shortly after a hometown rivalry that would eventually spawn a “glass dildo” subpoena.
Insane Clown Posse featuring Ice-T – “Dead End”
The year was 1999 as a young Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope were slated to release their fifth Joker's Card, The Amazing Jeckyl Brothers, on Island Records, by far the biggest platform they'd ever received, one which would eventually see them land the #4 album in the country. This new label brought with it the clout for some high-end special guests. While the album would eventually feature appearances from Ol' Dirty Bastard and Snoop Dogg, one track that was cut was the Ice-T-assisted “Dead End.” The three record from the perspective of death row inmates in their final moments.
Insane Clown Posse featuring Paris – “Surviving the Game”
Ever wanted to hear the wicked clowns get overtly political? Well, they have a track with famed respected political MC Paris, “Surviving the Game.” Recorded in 2011 for the Featuring Freshness collaboration compilation, it's pretty surprising that this track even exists. Sonically and personally, you'd be hard-pressed to find two more different entities than these two, but dare we say, somehow it works.
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Insane Clown Posse featuring Jack White and Mozart – “Leck Mich I'm Arse”
White Stripes' Jack White's Third Man Records saw him collaborate with plenty of Detroit's most respected and critically acclaimed artists, so it was only a matter of time before he produced for ICP. On this track, a reimagining of Mozart's uproarious piece that translates roughly to “lick my ass,” the boys keep it classy and dignified.
Insane Clown Posse featuring Color Me Badd – “Ghetto Rainbows (Soft Ass RNB Remix)”
Off of frequent producer Mike E. Clark's Extra Pop Emporium remix collection, the “Soft Ass RNB Remix” of “Ghetto Rainbows” surprised fans in 2012 with the addition of beloved 90s R&B outfit Color Me Badd on the hook and bridge. Yes, the Insane Clown Posse have a song with Color Me Badd. Smooth as the silkiest facepaint, this track's existence is just what you needed to get your Wednesday going. You're welcome.