Rap duo unhappy that their fans, known as Juggalos, were classified as a 'non-traditional gang'
The hip-hop duo coined the term for their fans in the mid ’90s, with the name stemming from their track ‘The Juggla’. Those in the movement became known for wearing face paint, consuming the American soft drink Faygo and their support for artists on Insane Clown Posse’s record label Psychopathic Records. They also meet each year for their ‘Gathering Of The Juggalos’ celebration.
In November last year, however, the FBI’s National Gang Threat Assessment report classified Juggalos as a a “concern to law enforcement” after becoming alarmed by their “general destructive and violent nature”.
Now, the Village Voice reports that the rap pair have decided to hit back at the claims and are considering taking legal action. Speaking at the Gathering Of The Juggalos seminar, the band’s Shaggy 2 Dope said:
“It’s been almost a year since Juggalos were put on the National Gang Threat Assessment and we are hearing too many stories from our fans about the trouble it’s causing them. Just because you like a music group, doesn’t make you a criminal.
His bandmate Violent J added: “We’re not attacking the FBI, but they got this wrong. The Juggalos are not a gang, and that needs to be fixed.”
Meanwhile, the band’s label, Psychopathic Records, have also launched the website JuggalosFightBack.com, which invites Juggalos who believe their rights have been violated to submit their stories for the label’s legal team to review. The label’s legal representative, Howard Herz, said: “We are seeking individual Juggalos whose rights have been violated as a result of the mistaken belief that they are a ‘gang member.’
“If you or someone you know has suffered any negative consequence with an employer, governmental representative, including law enforcement, border patrol, airline security, or other local, state or federal governmental agency or employee as a result of your status as a Juggalo, we want to know about it.”
Insane Clown Posse found themselves on the receiving end of a lawsuit last year, when the gothic music agency Entity Productions claimed that the shock rappers sampled copyrighted Halloween-themed music on seven tracks without permission from their owners The Midnight Syndicate and demanded $2.1 million in damages as a result.
Last year, year, former White Stripes singer Jack White teamed up with the Insane Clown Posse to produce their single ‘Leck Mich Im Arse’ and releasing it on his Third Man Records label.