Considering that Juggalo nation is right across the river in good ol’ Detroit, Michigan, I’m a little surprised that they’ve never really made the leap across to Windsor before, but apparently this Friday’s big rap show at The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.) featuring Psychopathic Records artists Boondox and Blaze Ya Dead Homie is apparently Psychopathic Records’ (home of Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid and the two coming this Friday) first foray onto Windsor soil. It’s even more baffling considering the Windsor connection, what with local wrestler Scott D’Amore‘s connection to ICP, the fact that local hip-hop artist J-Reno ‘The Sadist‘ won a Psychopathic Records sponsored hip-hop battle at St. Andrew’s Hall a few years back and Windsor’s MicLordz & Sauce Funky just completed a tour with Twiztid. But they’re coming now.
Like seemingly everyone associated with Insane Clown Posse and their Juggalos, Boondox has a clown gimmick. His seems to be that of a psychopathic scarecrow, sort of a rhyming Batman villain more akin to The Joker than perhaps Jonathan Crane’s Scarecrow alter ego. Also like the Juggalo theme, his hip-hop is of the horrorcore genre, although being from Georgia, he also blends in some of the Southern hip-hop style into his work. He’s currently touring in support of last year’s South of Hell album.
He’s joined by fellow Psychopathic labelmate, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, who got his start as part of ICP’s road crew. After a cameo on Twiztid’s Mostasteless album, he released his debut EP in 2000 and later joined ICP’s Dark Lotus project. Blaze’s clown gimmick is that of a reincarnated zombie clown version of an ’80s gangsta thug and he’s touring in support of last year’s Gang Rags.
They’re being joined on their tour by Toronto’s So Sick Social Club. These guys aren’t on the Psychopathic Records label, but it sure looks like they want to be. They wear a lot of similar style clown/horror make up and seem to be equally drawn into the horrorcore genre that ICP had a hand in shaping over the past few decades.
Opening the show is the aforementioned J-Reno, perhaps one of Windsor’s most successful hip-hop artists of the last decade. As part of Windsor’s biggest and most prolific hip-hop crews, Academy (which also features Kayyce Closed and Jae Cyphe), Reno has put on a majority of Windsor’s hip-hop shows over the past few years and is one of the few troops to venture into predominantly non-hip-hop venues such as the Coach & Horses or Phog. They were also one of the few hip-hop acts to take advantage of the FAM Festival. “The Sadist” has shared the stage for artists like Obie Trice, Royce Da 5’9″, The Dayton Family, Tech N9ne and others, as well as touring nationally with Psychopathic Records’ “Shock Therapy Tour” in 2008 with Anybody Killa, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Axe Murder Boyz and Boondox as well as all dates on the Insane Clown Posse’s infamous Hallowicked Tour in 2008, closing it off with a performance at the sold uut Filmore in Detroit. That year he also headlined the second stage at the Gathering of the Juggalos, which also featured performances from hip-hop artists like ICP, Twiztid, Ice T, Three Six Mafia, and 2 Live Crew. He’s currently promoting his 10th album, The Lunatic is Back.
Psychopathic Records presents Boondox The Scarecrow and Blaze Ya Dead Homie with special guests So Sick Social Club and J-Reno, The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.), Friday February 18, 7pm, All-Ages, $10 Advance/$15 Door