With Insane Clown Posse's infamous Gathering of the Juggalos kicking off tomorrow in Cave-In-Rock, IL, we present you with ICP's definite guide to the Gathering. Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J explain why the Gathering is never violent, how Juggalettes differ from mall girls and why Busta Rhymes became a Juggalo defender for life.
The Gathering is Just Different (If the Clown Makeup Wasn't Enough of a Hint)
"There are festivals all over the world and there's nothing like the Gathering," Violent J says. "I'm not saying it's the greatest, I'm saying it has a different atmosphere." Shaggy then cuts in with a hard stance on the subject: "I'll say it's the greatest."
It's a Place Where Juggalos Can Be Juggalos
"You are in the middle of nowhere, there's not even phone service and there are 10,000 Juggalos who are just like you. To be a Juggalo, you go through some sh*t," Violent J admits. "To listen to our music, people f**k with you and give you a hard time at work. But when you're with Juggalos, you're with people just like you who find the same sh*t interesting. It creates a euphoria, man. It's as high on the Richter scale of fun as you can get."
The Best Place to Find a Juggalette In the World
"Juggalettes are the sweetest, kindest chicks you can ever step to," Shaggy tells us. "It ain't like some chick at the mall who’s gonna treat you like sh*t," Violent J agrees. "Or some chick at the V.I.P. area in the club where you don’t even stand a chance," Shaggy continues. "Just by even coming to our show, you know they're open-minded as f**k," J concludes.
The Gathering Is Never Violent
"There are no police and no haters," Violent J says. "When you have police..." Shaggy concludes the thought: "That's when fights arrive." Violent J continues: "Security there is who we hire, they go by our rules. We've never even had a fight at a Gathering. You're talking 10,000 people, and how many of them are inebriated? Juggalos aren't like fans who go to rock and rap concerts where it's like, 'You lookin' at me man?' It ain't like that."
The Gathering Made a Fan Out of 2011 Performer Busta Rhymes
Violent J says last year's Gathering made a fan out of Busta, but only after he almost didn't perform. "He didn't want to take the stage," J says. "He had heard rumors and he was like, 'I don't know how [the Juggalos are] going to act. He took the stage hour and a half late and when he finally did, they gave him so much love. Then he was like, 'From now on, f**k anybody that ain't down with the Juggalos. I'll represent the Juggalos to my death.' He wouldn't stop talking about how appreciative he was."
So there you have it. To hear it from the clowns' mouths, watch the video above, and then check out ICP chatting about their Geto Boys collabo here, and then watch Dan Brown's guide to the Juggalo version of Facebook.