If youre a fan of underground hip hop, theres no doubt youve been to at least a few underground hip hop concerts. How do underground hip hop concerts differ from mainstream hip hop concerts? Well for one, they usually take place in a much smaller setting, because underground usually connotes music that is less appealing to the masses, hence why less people would show up to an underground hip hop show than mainstream arena concert.
Furthermore, the fans at underground hip hop concerts typically have a stronger devotion to the music, and you can expect there to be a lot more energy in tight, crowded quarters. But underground hip hop concerts have nothing on the experience that is ICP in concert.
Seeing ICP in concert almost always happens more than once, because after you see ICP in concert once you know you want to be there again as soon as possible. From Faygo showers (just what it sounds like) and Juggalo paint to thousands of Juggalos and badass beats, seeing ICP in concert really blows traditional underground hip hop shows out of the water.
This phenomenon takes root in the fact that, Juggalo paint or not, Juggalos and Juggalettes are completely obsessed with the Insane Clown Posse, especially when they get to see ICP in concert. Theres so much love for ICPs in-concert antics that Juggalos paint their faces to imitate the Juggalo paint on the faces of ICP members Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope.
Decorating your face with Juggalo paint is pretty easy in fact, and should be learned by any underground hip hop fan looking to see ICP in concert some day. For an accurate Juggalo paint job, all you need is black and white oil-based face paint. Then have a friend trace the Juggalo face paint outline on your face. If you like it, fill it in!
There are plenty of Juggalo designs to choose from, but as long as the Juggalo paint design you choose resembles some sort of maniacal clown youll be welcomed by fellow Juggalos when you see ICP in concert.
Other than Juggalo paint, what else goes down when you see ICP in concert? As briefly mentioned earlier, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope often douse the crowd with orange Detroit Soda pop Faygo. It has become such an inextricable part of Juggalo culture that now Juggalos will do it to themselves. At how many other underground hip hop concerts would this be an acceptable thing to do?
Then of course is the music. You can expect arena-wide sing-a-longs, greatest hits being played, fun storytelling from J and Dope, mosh pits, and lots of runny, sweaty Juggalo paint. Seeing how an ICP concert is a once in a lifetime experience, what are you waiting for?
In a word, yes, but there may be an ounce of truth to their assertion that the Psychopathic Records horror rap veterans arent as lively on stage as they once were. Thats not to say that that Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope are coming out on stage in wheel chairs, but for the astute ICP ticket buyer and Insane Clown Posse concert observer, there is a slightly noticeable difference in the live ICP of 1994 and the ICP of 2012.
ICP Tickets still sell like hotcakes, Insane Clown Posse concerts are still the best time youll have going to any Psychopathic Records artist concert. The vast majority of Insane Clown Posse concerts were sold out in 2011, most Juggalos more than happy to fork over the dollars required for Psychopathic Records artists like ICPs tickets these days (the average concert ticket for any musical group has increased exponentially since the early 90s, this trend is not isolated to ICP tickets).
As videos of Insane Clown Posse concerts on YouTube will demonstrate, those who buy ICP tickets or tickets to any Psychopathic Records artist concert in 2012 are still in for a treatthe songs are still delivered impeccably, the crowd taunting still hostile, and the on-stage props/sideshows still present. However, the jarring dance movements and swag evident on stage at Insane Clown Posse concerts in years past has now given way to softer choreography that seems less inspired. Also, buying an ICP ticket in 2011 doesnt guarantee a Faygo shower like it once did.
However, 2011 was not a year in which ICP tickets were sold for the purpose of promoting a new album. 2012 will differ in that sense, as the guys will be releasing Mighty Death Pop!, their first album in 3 years through Psychopathic Records (the label they own), and any Insane Clown Posse tour dates in support thereof are bound to me the duos most energetic in years. Buying an ICP ticket this year would be a smart move, as it will probably be the last time an Insane Clown Posse concert contains the spirit of a new release in the next 4 years or so.
Of course there will be music released from the younger artists on Psychopathic Records, and maybe even some from those artists who are being groomed in the Psychopathic Records subsidiary, Hatchet House, but we all know that Insane Clown Posse concerts are the cream of this crop.
There are no ICP tickets for the Mighty Death Pop! tour available yet, but thats because the supporting Psychopathic Records artists and dates havent even been announced yet. The best way to make sure you see this new material performed live by Insane Clown Posse in concert, then make your way to 2012s Gathering of the Juggalos where youll not only see that, but also performance by numerous other Psychopathic Records artists.