Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J Picks 11 Horrorcore Classics


8. Dark Lotus – “During An Eclipse” (2008)

“It’s ICP, Twiztid, and Blaze. The chorus goes, ‘during an eclipse better move fast the gates are open.’ The gates to what? I don’t know. But we just found it funny. When an eclipse is happening, the gates to beyond are open, man. We released a special album of Opaque Brotherhood with three bonus songs, and ‘During an Eclipse’ was one, so most people don’t even know about the song. We should’ve put this on the album album! Maybe the fact that it’s obscure adds to its freshness, you know what I mean?”

7. Twiztid ft. The R.O.C. – “Murder, Murder, Murder” (1997)

“They’re masters of the craft. I could fill 30 lists with just Twiztid. ‘Murder, Murder, Murder’ is one of the earliest Twiztid songs. When we do horrorcore we dive into the character of a certain person and we tell the story through their eyes, you know? Like if Jamie’s verse is talking about his wife cheating on him, he comes home and he kills her. Now he’s not doing this rap as Jamie Madrox, he’s telling the story through the mind of this killer. That confuses a lot of people. ‘Cause I rap about being a drunk and I have a low-end job and no education and I’m full of stress and I come home and beat my wife up, you know? And what I’m doing is trying to tell a story about some guy living in the Midwest, but I’m not telling that as Violent J. ‘Murder Murder Murder’ is a well-done song doing that formula… Somebody will use our records and don’t have any idea about what we’re about or anything, and they listen to it and totally miss the boat. How would a major magazine or newspaper have somebody review our music that doesn’t know anything about our type of music? That’s like having me review a classical piano album. I don’t know how good it is, I’ll tell you it sucks because I don’t listen to that shit. Why don’t you get a Juggalo to review our record?”

6. Necro – “Billie Jean 2005” (2005)

“It’s a Michael Jackson diss. I found it online. I don’t know if this ever came out on CD, but he murders Michael Jackson! He murders Michael Jackson for being a pedophile. And I love Michael Jackson. And Necro just destroys Michael Jackson, man [laughs]. And I can’t help but appreciate it. It’s really, really heavy, and he just goes after Michael Jackson from the gut and there’s no turning back. If horrorcore is meant to shock and surprise then he served up a masterpiece. I love Michael Jackson. I don’t agree with what Necro’s saying, but I love what he’s saying. I love the art, the passion, the anger. The fuckin’ anger! You know I don’t feel the same as him. It’s like when you’re looking at a painting: I appreciate the colors and everything about it, even though I’m not actually feeling what it’s about.”

5. Esham – “My Last Words” (1992)

“He’s the one who influenced us in Detroit. If I were to make a list of the top 10 most influential songs he’d be on there four or five times. From day one in 1990 to current day he is just one of the most slept-on and underrated artists. Right now, his last couple albums have been all about hating us to death. He even has a song about killing me on Halloween [laughs], but despite that I gotta give it up to him as an artist… To be honest with you, brother, we were friends. We were tight. All the way up until the Gathering two years ago. We both love Ice Cube, and he came to the Gathering that year. I put Esham on right before Ice Cube went on in hopes that he’d see Esham perform. Then at the Gathering one of his friends walked up to me and said I want to be the first to give you this. And I looked at it. And it had a clown on the cover with a gun to his head, and I was like, “What is this?” I didn’t even know he had anything coming out. And I started looking for him and Esham was gone. Then I went into the back and played it, and it was just a total dis album. And we were hanging out with the guy every day! How can we ever hang out again? I didn’t know you felt that way about us. You know, you’d hang out with us during the day then you go home and write that shit? That’s insane, you know. So, we’re not talking. And I’ve known him all my life. But like they say, man, geniuses are also lunatics. But I’ll still give it up for ‘My Last Words.’ ”


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