For 13 years, Detroit's prodigal evil carnies Insane Clown Posse have held the Gathering of the Juggalos, a days-long outdoor music fete that fits neatly into their hyperdrive circus world as well as provides a home for their fiercely loyal fans who refer to themselves as "family." This year's lucky numbered fest planted carnival rides, extreme wrestling, naked-lady pageants, fairly gross Porta Potties, and an abundance of positive vibes and free hugs in the rolling hills of Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, where around 10,000 extremely psyched Juggalos camped out for four days and indulged in all the treats the festival had to offer, "whoop whoop"-ing all the while. Though ICP is best known for its high-concept albums, wild shows, and government controversy (see this week's FBI lawsuit story), they don't get enough credit for one thing that's defined them their entire career: they're huge students and fans of hip-hop. They increasingly program the Gathering with some of the best current and legacy acts in rap — including their own unparalleled, wildly entertaining live show. This year was the capper — undoubtedly the best rap programming of any summer festival all year, and the closest thing to a corporate presence was Faygo, that Michigan-grown, sticky-sweet mom-and-pop soda company revered by ICP. If you ended up with more in your hair than you did in your mouth, you were doing it right. JULIANNE ESCOBEDO SHEPHERD
SPIN was on the grounds of the 13th annual Gathering of the Juggalos in the rolling hills of Cave-in-Rock, Illinois. From Danny Brown to Blaze Ya Dead Homie, we got so close you can taste the Faygo.