|January 20th, 2014||Psychopathic Records|
February 17 has now become an official annual Juggalo holiday and to mark this day of family flavor, the wicked clowns are saluting the almighty fourth Joker’s Card…”The Great Milenko.” Seventeen years after being released, “The Great Milenko” remains one of the most notorious and controversial albums ever released. For many Juggalos, this was the album that marked their introduction to ICP and the Dark Carnival and this is still one of the only albums to ever be pulled from store shelves by a record company over concerns about “album content” (BITE US, Disney/Hollywood Records). “The Great Milenko” holds a very special place in ICP’s hearts and the time has come to salute the Dark Carnival’s illusionist with his own unique event.
So that’s why this year’s Juggalo Day concert will be The Great Milenko Show. The fourth Joker’s Card will be performed in its entirety from start to finish, featuring all the classic cuts you know and love such as “Piggy Pie,” “Pass Me By,” “Halls of Illusions,” “House of Horrors,” “Hocus Pocus” and many more. As I write this, J, Shaggs, Jumpsteady, Billy Bill and the rest of our Hatchet crew are strategizing ways to make this one of the FRESHEST concerts in Psychopathic history! It will be an evening filled with many surprises, as well as exclusive Juggalo Day merchandise.
The only bone…THIS SHOW IS ALREADY SOLD THE FUCK OUT! TICKETS WERE GONE IN LESS THAN 48 HOURS! We’re sorry to all the ninjas who weren’t able to get tickets in time.
Stay tuned for more information on VIP packages and show details! WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL NEXT MONTH!
Whaddup, my ninjas? This is your homie J-Webb and I'll be taking over the Hatchet Herald from here on out, as well as all the social media and the main website (www.insaneclownposse.com). Many of you already know me as the dude who updates the hotline (714-647-2465) but now I'll be taking on more responsibilities and I have one guiding principle in mind as I take on this new role: TO MAKE SURE THE JUGGALO FAMILY IS KEPT INFORMED OF UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ABOUT ICP AND ALL ASSOCIATED ARTISTS AND TO STRENGTHEN THE BOND BETWEEN PSYCHOPATHIC RECORDS AND YOU, THE JUGGALOS.
It's an honor and a privilege to be talking to you…so let's get to it!
Wednesday, January 8 is one of those days that will forever be remembered as a pivotal day in Juggalo history. On that cold, snowy Michigan morning, ICP drove to the headquarters of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan in Downtown Detroit and along with a legal team of some of the best attorneys in the state, made an important announcement: ICP and four Juggalos from across the country were officially suing the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice to get Juggalos removed from the Fed's gang roster.
It was truly an amazing sight to behold. There were at least two dozen journalists crammed into the ACLU's conference room and other national publications like The New York Times and The Huffington Post were participating via conference call. On the opposite side of the table was Violent J, Shaggy 2 Dope, a dope ass Juggalo named Brandon who is a plaintiff in the lawsuit, and several attorneys and members of the ACLU, which is the largest and most powerful civil rights organization in America.
It was an amazing experience, one that ICP will never forget. All these powerful organizations standing up for the rights of Juggalos?!
The ACLU and the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone (one of the largest law firms in Michigan) were officially announcing that they were joining the fight to clear the Juggalo family name and that they were filing an official lawsuit against the FBI and Justice Department in federal court.
It was an amazing experience, one that ICP will never forget. All these powerful organizations standing up for the rights of Juggalos?! Was this really happening? Yes, it was … and the media outlets that covered the event were almost entirely on our side. The press conference resulted in a total fucking tidal wave of positive press about the plight that Juggalos are facing due to the FBI's stale ass gang label. Even media outlets that normally diss ICP are having our backs about our lawsuit against the FBI because they realize this is about Juggalos having their Constitutional rights and civil liberties violated just for enjoying the music of a certain band—and that's just un-American.
Check out some of the fresh coverage about the FBI lawsuit here:
Rolling Stone: Link
Boing Boing: Link
The Washington Times: Link
FUSE (also home to "Insane Clown Posse Theater"): Link
The New York Times: Link
And perhaps our favorite bit of press, this AMAZING cover story from
Detroit's Metro Times: Link
Also, check out this amazing piece of writing on the FBI lawsuit from Ms. Rachel Paul, creator of the Dark Carnival tarot deck: http://www.faygoluvers.net/v5/2014/01/heyoka-and-the-little-park-behind-the-prison/
So it’s now officially ON, Juggalos. We’re suing the fuck out of the government and the ACLU and our legal team believes we have an excellent case. It’s time to clear our name and for the FBI to recognize that we are a FAMILY and not some stupid ass “gang.” We’ll update you on any new developments as they unfold. In the meantime, stay strong, Juggalo brothers and sisters. We’re in this fight together. And we WILL prevail.
Juggalos, we believe when you fuck up, you ‘fess up to it, apologize and then—most importantly—take steps to ensure you don’t make the same mistake twice … which brings us to the Hatchet Gear issues we experienced during this past holiday season.
We know a lot of Juggalos are seriously pissed at us because many orders that were placed during the holiday shopping season did not get fulfilled in time for Christmas and some folks are still waiting for their orders, especially ones with hoodies, jerseys, sweatpants or shorts (all of those are made-to-order items). We also heard complaints about ninjas not receiving the promised extra gift items, missing merch, the list of staleness goes on.
Here's the bottom line, Juggalos: We fucked up. Hard. And we're seriously fucking sorry. Just know that we're taking care of the issues that were causing the delays in orders and that we are rebuilding our entire shipping process from the ground up to ensure that we never have a repeat of this past holiday season.
We also know that many of you could not get an answer back from Hatchet Gear customer service when you called to inquire about your order. We're working on getting that fixed too. The best way to contact Hatchet Gear is by email at email@example.com – and you WILL get a response. You can also call, but email is a faster and easier way to get a response back from us.
Please know this -- as a Juggalo, you and your family are important to us and we value you as a customer and friend. So please accept our deepest apologies regarding the recent Hatchet Gear bones. It WILL improve and we promise to make sure that as our customer you are treated with prompt service, courtesy and Juggalo family love. In the meantime, we're working on getting all the kinks worked out and ensuring that Hatchet Gear remains your one-stop shop for all your Juggalo flavor needs.
Again, if you have ANY issues, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What up fellow ninjas,
I wanted to take a moment to recognize the passing away of a fellow Juggalo. His name was Aaron Spencer. I was told by his fiancée that he passed away quickly on January 15 at 3:16 am. A few weeks back his friends were able to reach out to me with the help of faygoluvers.net in the hopes that I would call him. I went to the Faygoluvers post pertaining to Aaron and read that he was very sick and that he considered me to be his favorite artist on Psychopathic and that he had a dream to one day see my song Ninjas in Action performed live. I called him on Christmas Day and told him I to had the same vision and came close once to actually making it happen. He told me how he moved to Colorado back in the day and there spread the Juggalo love wherever he went and was a big part of how the Juggalo movement over there got started. He also told me how sick he was and that he chose to return home to his family to send his final days amongst those he loved. I could tell just by that one phone conversation that he was a fresh ass ninja who remained strong even when faced with the twilight of his life.
After that conversation I felt the need to see him with an almost absolute resolution. I can't explain it in any other way except that somehow it became the single most important thing for me. On the eve of my departure I told my brother Joe (Violent J) about my mission for the first time and he immediately joined me. So we drove to Troy, Ohio, met up with our Juggalo homie Will and went to Aaron's apartment. There we met Aaron's fiancée, friends and family. The amount of instant connection I felt with them was overwhelming. There was a feeling of intense Karma and love that permeated the room. There Aaron lay in bed and even in his weakened state he has able to rise to greet us. They say that you can measure your own worth by the quality of fiends that you keep and even though Aaron was having difficulty speaking; the quality of Aaron's strength, personality and freshness was evident in all those who stood in that room and in the glow emanating from his own aura.
We all shared stories, laughed, hugged and even shed a few tears. I think for a moment, for everyone in that room, everything was alight. Even my own worries and fears just simply subsided and to me that meant something. One of the most important things in this life is the relationships you create with others and I feel that karmicly I received way more reward from meeting Aaron and his crew than he could have ever received from meeting me.
In remembrance of Aaron….we at Psychopathic along with ICP, Aaron's fiancée, his family, his close Juggalo homies and David Johnson of Menace to Sobriety fame (and a close friend) are all putting on a benefit show with Insane Clown Posse, Menace to Sobriety and From Silence to Violence performing. This show will take place around March 15th with all proceeds going to Aaron's family. The details of the show are close to being finalized but it will take place in Dayton, Ohio which is very close to Aaron's hometown. We ask that all Juggalos consider coming out to this show to support the cause and to pay homage to Aaron and all our fallen brothers and sisters throughout the years.
In closing, I wanted to add that Psychopathic sends out mad love to Aaron, his fiancée, his family and Juggalo homies and our prayers are with them during this difficult time. I have no doubt that when the time comes for all of us to cross from this world and into the next, that Aaron and all our Juggalo homies who have passed away before us will be there waiting on the other side.