Twiztid: Everybody is a Juggalo -- even you
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Twiztid refuse to be anything other than themselves. The maniacal rap duo of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child have been terrorizing ears with their style of hardcore hip-hop known as horrorcore since 1997. Originally members of Insane Clown Posse's Psychopathic Records label, they have since formed their own independent label and are currently embarking on a nationwide tour.
Juggalo culture is often misunderstood. Yet, members of the "family" continue to grow in numbers, as media outlets scramble to properly capture and adequately describe the movement. Gimme Noise gave Twiztid the opportunity to tell their side of the story before their show at Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis this Wednesday.
Gimme Noise: I want to talk about Juggalos.
Monoxide: America can never embrace something it doesn't in fact create or understand. The fact that mainstream America had nothing to do with the creation of it will be a terror on their minds forever, and the fact that they don't quite understand it... it will never be accepted. There's a reason for that. Maybe we're just not meant to be accepted by the masses like that. Maybe our voice isn't for the masses, right?
Madrox: Another idea and concept of the "Juggalo," when we first came into it, is essentially we'll always carry the stigma of being a fan of Insane Clown Posse. When we first came on, that's in a sense what we are, and we understood the culture, and so on and so forth, but we're trying to do our thing as well.
Monoxide: What people don't know is that everybody is a Juggalo. They don't want to admit it, but everybody is one. Even you...
People are jealous... They shun it. They say it's worthless, it's pointless, but I'll guarantee you this: we have saved as many lives as any fucking police officer, any fucking counselor, any psycho therapist. We're right up there with them...
When we hear some fucking douchebag on Saturday Night Live cracking jokes about it, or some douchebag on a fucking sitcom cracking jokes about it, making fun of us... we don't take too lightly to that shit. It's insulting, and for you to just peek your head in our world long enough to make fun of it and not have any repercussion -- that's not fair.
You will not challenge us. You will not make fun of us. You will either understand us and roll with us, or you will forget about us and move along with your life, or we will make it a fucking nightmare.
That's all life is. It's one fucking nightmare, where you try to wake up every day. We're just kind of riding along with it; we're not trying to wake up anymore.
How do your parents feel about Twiztid?
Monoxide: My mom loves it. She's sitting in a house that Twiztid bought her. My parents, in the beginning, they didn't understand just the whole rap thing. It was such a gamble. It still is to this day, but then it was so unheard of, and then to be white on top of it? They just were like, "Do what you're going to do, but if it doesn't work, we're not going to be surprised."
We saw that we had a genuine relationship to be built with these kids and it became so it had nothing to do with ICP. They merely opened the door for us, and we'll love them for that, the same way they should love us for taking that opportunity and actually doing something with it, and not just sitting there draining them and just running them into the ground.
Madrox: We're that story of the Juggalos who made good. We started off as fans, and we climbed the ladder and we learned, and we actually made something of ourselves. At one time, we were standing on the other side of the barricade. Now we're on the stage. That's a great feeling, and it actually shows other people who are fans of the music that you can do something too.