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Juggalo Family Values

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, March 25, 2012 01:02pm | Post a Comment
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I believe in "Miracles", I really do. And I know what fun is, or at least I know what fun is supposed to look like. I mean, still have jingles from Saturday morning commercial bumpers still stuck in my head. Like most modern Americans I've had my brain beaten in by mass-marketed programming since my senses acknowledged personal taste as an option and though media feeding and regurgitation has come a long way I still respond to images of glowing, day-to-night bright colors, the hypnotic blur of carnival rides in motion and slo-mo vignettes of teens splashing around a swimmin' hole in high summer. In short, I never expected a mini documentary about the subculture of Juggalos (hardcore Insane Clown Posse devotees) and their annual summer homie hoedown, The Gathering of the Juggalos, to move me so. Honestly, watching this akin to riding an emotional Scrambler, a real stunner in the way that a beautifully-shot and framed social commentary should be. Nothing quite defines or celebrates the compound word "alternative-lifestyle" like Sean Dunne's American Juggalo. Talk about magic all around you, imagine yourself just a "fuck it! I'm going!" away.

Plus, I can't think of anywhere else one might get the "you should never put spray paint on your face" life lesson. Check it:


Psychopathic Records have announced that the Gathering will be held at the usual Cave-In-Rock location and the family reunion will have a fifth day added to the annual outing: details and more for all those curious can be found here. And be sure to peep the list of ICP titles available via Amoeba.com here and other ICP/Juggalo-related Amoeblog posts here.
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The Sacred Juggalo Aesthetic: A Family Underground (2009)

Posted by Charles Reece, March 28, 2011 01:03am | Post a Comment
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"Look at us now," Joe lamented in his often moving 2003 autobiography, Behind the Paint. "We're still scrubs. No Grammys, no Hollywood parties, no celebrity appearances, none of that. We just don't count. Even after selling 5 million albums, we just don't count. It's in our blood. For eternity, we're gonna be the fucking underdog. No matter what happens."
-- Violent Jay on being Hip Hop's homo sacer, from the LA Weekly interview

At the two extreme limits of the order, the sovereign and homo sacer present two symmetrical figures that have the same structure and are correlative: the sovereign is the one with respect to whom all men are potentially homines sacri, and homo sacer is the one with respect to whom all men act as sovereigns ["sacred in the antithetical sense of the word now all but lost to us, ... accursed, at the mercy of all."].
-- Giorgio Agamben, quoted by Hal Foster

For it is the original exclusion of homo sacer, Agamben contends, that authorises the sovereign and ‘founds the city of men’; this act forges ‘the originary “political” relation’. 
-- Foster explaining the foundational role of scrubs, ibid.

BACK IN '88: SIR-MIX-A-LOT'S POSSE ON BROADWAY

Posted by Billyjam, November 9, 2009 07:08am | Post a Comment


Back in '88, during hip-hop's so-called 'golden age,' for some magnificant reason damn near every rap release that came out was aposse on broadwayn instant classic: records like Marley Marl's "The Symphony," Eric B & Rakim's "Follow The Leader," EPMD's "Strictly Business," Too Short's "Life Is...Too Short," and of course Sir-Mix-a-Lot's "Posse on Broadway." 

A single off the famed Seattle rapper's debut album Swass on Nastymix Records, Sir Mix-a-Lot's song struck a nerve with rap fans everywhere at the time firstly because of the great lyrics and the track's 808 kick-drum fueled sick beat, and secondly because listeners made the song lyrics relate to their own town's Broadway -- whether they were in New York or San Francisco or wherever.

Of course, the Broadway in "Posse On Broadway" was the one in Mix-a-Lot's (born Anthony Ray) own hometown of Seattle in the Capitol Hill district, the one were they "stopped at Taco Bell for some Mexican eatin' But Taco Bell was closed, The girls was on my tip. They said go back the other way we'll stop and eat at Dick's. Dick's is the place where the cool hang out. The Swass like to play and the rich flaunt clout. Posse to he burger stand so big we walk in twos." (Scroll down to see full song lyrics.)

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