Insane Clown Posse's Shaggy 2 Dope: You won't catch us at the Ritz Carlton Lounge

Categories: Q&A

On Saturday, Detroit's Insane Clown Posse return to the Twin Cities as part of their Mighty Death Pop tour.

While the Faygo-soaked show will be at the Myth in St. Paul, members Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have been coming to Minnesota for almost 20 years with generations of loyal Juggalos witnessing the carnage. We spoke to Shaggy 2 Dope on bringing their unique live show on the road, what his first concert was, and the time they visited Paisley Park.

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Gimme Noise: You've always had a strong presence in the Twin Cities. Do you recall your first time in Minnesota?

Shaggy 2 Dope: I don't recall exactly when it was, but I recall the impression it made on me. I think Minneapolis is crazy because it's a big ass city. It's a metropolis, and I don't think a lot of people across America really realize that. It's full of mad diversity and craziness, I love going out there to hang and especially to do shows. Minneapolis has always been good to us.

Do you have any favorite memories from those shows?

I used to do this show for the internet called "The Shaggy Show," back when it took forever to download shit, and [Minnesota] was the first time I got a broad to get naked for my show. That was a fond memory right there. I remember the Quest was the shit, and First Avenue, of course. I remember once we had our bus roll up on Paisley Park just to go see it. It was 3 a.m. and we just marked the fuck out cause we were such huge Prince fans. That was cool even though we didn't do shit, just stood around like some dumb-asses and took pictures.


Being your catalog is perhaps only rivaled by Kool Keith and Lil B in terms of prolificness, how do you decide which songs to perform life?

Through the years we've whittled down what goes best in concert. We'll take "this from this record" and "this from that record" and every tour we'll flip it up and do a couple new songs, but always make sure the anthems are in the proper spots. Just process of elimination. But this tour is straight-up brand new shit. What we're about to do, is wig-flippin'. If you're a Juggalo and you're reading this, we're about to do a Juggalo fantasy show because we're doing songs we haven't done on other shows. All new stage, mad rare shit from back in the day, an all new top-to-bottom show. It's taken a minute to go back and re-memorize the stuff, but it's going to be phenomenal.

Do you tailor your show town-by-town or does everyone who sees the show get the same experience?

It's the same show every city we go to because we don't perform with live bands. We can't just switch it up on the fly. Sometime we'll switch one or two songs and it'll take a three-four day process for our engineer to switch them back out. The same show we'll be doing in Minneapolis, we'll be doing in Dallas.

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