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    Insane Clown Posse: The Tempest

    Insane Clown Posse: The Tempest

    You know that guttural hacking sound you make before you vomit? Well, here is your chance to listen to it for 60 minutes straight.

    Now in their mid-30s, rap duo Insane Clown Posse (ICP) is back with their 10th studio album, The Tempest. Since their last full-length release three years ago, ICP’s Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have been staying busy by exploiting their fans’ pocketbooks in any way possible.

    Shaggy released his second solo album Fuck the Fuck Off, the two are deep into pre-production on their next film “”Big Money Rustlas,”” they’ve been promoting their wrestling league Juggalo Championshit Wrestling and they’re still ripping off ’70s rockers Kiss by painting their faces like clowns. It’s amazing they’ve found time to make a new record.

    Teaming up with producer Mike E. Clark for the first time in seven years, the album is a new direction for ICP. The beats are a little slower, the homophobic epithets are a little more thought-out and the songs sound a little closer to, well, actual songs. You might almost mistake this for a legitimate rap album if the lyrics weren’t so lame.

    The best example of this comes in the song “”Haunted Bumps.”” The track sounds halfway decent until you realize it’s about a car stereo that’s so badass it comes from “”the great beyond.””

    Similarly the album’s featured single “”I Do This!”” is also quasi-listenable until it culminates with Violent J chanting, “”clown love, clown love”” for the entire last third of the song.

    According to the group, the album title The Tempest is supposed to represent a “”horrendously wicked storm”” that will lay waste to the entire world. In reality, the only thing this record will lay waste to is your eardrum.

    The harsh fact ICP fans have to face is that the group really isn’t that good at rapping. They’re not even the best within the horrorcore genre. For anything they do or for any extreme they go to, there’s another group that is 10 times better that doesn’t paint their faces like clowns.

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