Within Insane Clown Posse's Juggalo fanbase, there is a small but increasingly vocal minority who insist their bludgeoning, beloved duo are inching closer to the mainstream with each passing month, thanks to the media attention they've 'Miracles' clip garnered and the wall-to-wall coverage of their every move by publications including The New York Times and Wired magazine, to name just a few.
Not surprisingly, those same fans were none-too-happy when ICP were announced as performers at the Bamboozle Festival, alongside multi-platinum acts like Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars. To them, it was just the latest -- and perhaps most egregious -- example of the group's move toward the majority.
But according to ICP themselves, nothing could be further from the truth. They're still the same group they've been for nearly 20 years, and they agreed to play Bamboozle because, well, why not?
'We got the offer to play here, and we were like, 'Man, we haven't done something like this in a long time,' so we said, 'Let's do it,' ' Violent J told MTV News backstage at the festival. 'Just being offered to come here and play the same festival as Lil Wayne and Mötley Crüe and everybody, that's dope to us. .. We don't want to do it every weekend, but it's probably been 10 years since we did anything like this, so we wanted to do it.
'We just wanted to poke our head up from the underground, see what's going on with the mainstream. The fact that they asked us to come out here, we don't get those offers every day,' he continued. 'They said, 'Bring you like you are.' They didn't say, Come here with no Faygo or Come here without the cussing. They said, Come do what you do, and we're like, Hell yeah, we'd love to.'
And, yes, J admitted he's heard complaints from some of their die-hard fans, but he's mostly laughing them off. After all, none of them have heard ICP's upcoming album, The Mighty Death Pop!, which he called 'the very best music we've ever done.' And, he added that no matter how many people are paying attention, Insane Clown Posse will always make music for their fans first and foremost. Mostly because those fans won't let them slip.
'We've evolved, because in the eyes of our fans, we keep it moving, we keep it exciting, and we keep it new,' J said. 'We keep dropping those bombs that are keeping their attention. We're not just living off the past or something. We're keeping it sizzling; we're keeping it hot, man. We're keeping hot coals on the fire. We're not going off of what used to be there, we're keeping that sh-- cracking, man.'
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