Insane Clown Posse, pioneers of the horrorcore genre, has sold 6.5 million albums over their 15+ years as a rap duo. But with their latest tune, “Miracles”, ICP demonstrates a marked turn in lyrical direction from earlier works such as “F*ck the World”, “Murder Go Round”, and “My Axe.” In it they catalog at length the miraculous revelations they have witnessed over the years with simplistic and annoyingly catchy rhymes.
And lest you give these guys too much credit (as I initially did) and think this video is an elaborate joke, it’s important to note that ICP are dead serious. As a matter of fact, they seem to feel like they are doing the Lord’s work (and you thought Jennifer Knapp was controversial). In an interview with mycentraljersey.com, Violent J says, “To get (peoples’) attention, you have to speak their language,” he said. “You have to interest them, gain their trust, talk to them and show you’re one of them. You’re a person from the street and speak of your experiences. Then at the end you can tell them God has helped me out like this and it might transfer over instead of just come straight out and just speak straight out of religion.”
I have difficulty coming to terms with the idea that the members of the Insane Clown Posse are prone to the same fits of awe and wonder in the face of God’s creation as the rest of us. But the evidence is embedded right here. And for those times that you’re feeling down in the dumps, when you think life is a real drag, ICP is here to remind us, “There’s miracles everywhere in this bitch.”
This revelation, this struggle to witness and come to grips with the dual realities of good and evil is universal. It extends even unto the likes of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. Could this terrible, stupid band be the ultimate embodiment of the coexistence of good and evil we see all around us? Thinking about it is enough to blow my brains.
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