In what may be Psychopathic Records' biggest budget infomercial yet, here's the latest 30-minute video for the annual Gathering of the Juggalos — a weekend-long music festival in August helmed by earnest magic fans and self-described "most hated band in the world," the Insane Clown Posse, in nowhere Illinois.
Joining the dozens of acts performing — from Juggalo favorites Psychopathic Rydas and Blaze Ya Dead Homie, as well as Vanilla Ice and M.C. Hammer — are New Orleans rappers Juvenile ("Don't miss his monstrous debut," says Vanilla Ice in the video, as his sci-fi alter-ego Vanilla Zerg — and I must warn I am absolutely not making any of this up) and Mystikal, a "real-ass Juggalo homie."
Nathan Rabin at the Onion's AV Club suffered through last year's Gathering, when reality TV's anthropomorphic lipgloss Tila Tequila endured bottles of urine and feces thrown at her. The essence of the Juggalo:
I had come to think, incorrectly as it turns out, of the Juggalos as an essentially harmless tribe, a group of misunderstood, heavily tattooed young people from what my girlfriend calls under-resourced neighborhoods who get together every year to smoke weed, drink cheap beer and cocktails of Faygo and grain alcohol, and live for four days and nights in an upside-down universe where Insane Clown Posse is the most popular band in the world.
So, sleeveless T- and gold chain-wearing sweaty white dudes and their "ninjas," camping out and experiencing "family luv" over a long weekend. (If you've seen the Saturday Night Live parodies, you get the idea.)
There's also actual music listened to by real human beings, like George Clinton, Tech N9ne, E40, Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube and Xzibit. And for some reason, "Juggalo favorite" Jimmie "J.J." Walker will be there.
Other highlights: "wrestler night", forgotten The Box regulars like Dope, Kottonmouth Kings and Saliva, karaoke parties, "endless flava" and a "candle-lit seminar" on ghost hunting, as well as "games run by real low-life carni scrubs who just want your cash" and "dangerous and terrifying helicopter rides with a presumably drunk pilot."
So, if that sounds like fun, head over here. Tickets are $175 — parking starts at $100, so.
Video (NSFW) after the jump.