Insanity prevails

The internet is atwitter (it’d be abuzz if Google’s social networking effort didn’t suck quite so much) with news that the Insane Clown Posse, famously shocking shock rockers who fuse professional wrestling, abhorrent lyrics about sex and gangster violence with clown make up and circus garb, have been covert Christians for 20 years, trying to bring people to Jesus through the power of gangster. If true they are the poster boys for “contextualisation” gone wrong.

Read a couple of articles… like this one, and this one, tell me what you think. There are lyrical clues in some of their songs. But they are alongside such gems as:

“She hit me in the balls. I grabbed her by her neck. And I bounced her off the walls. She said it was an accident and then apologised. But I still took my elbow and blackened both her eyes”

Which is apparently satire.

Or:

“Barrels in your mouth/bullets to your head/The back of your neck’s all over the shed/Boomshacka boom chop chop bang.”

Here’s their testimony in a newly released single to clear up years of “mystery” surrounding the clues they’ve dropped over the course of their career, including a six album series.

“F*** it, we got to tell.

All secrets will now be told

No more hidden messages

…Truth is we follow GOD!!!

We’ve always been behind him

The carnival is GOD

And may all juggalos find him

We’re not sorry if we tricked you.”

Interesting. Undercover gangster rapper agents might not have been quite what Paul had in mind when he spoke of being all things to all men. But here’s the rationale from the two insane clowns:

“You have to speak their language. You have to interest them, gain their trust, talk to them and show you’re one of them. You’re a person from the street and you speak of your experiences. Then at the end you can tell them: God has helped me.”

Even the journalist writing that article could spot a problem with the logic:

“Of course, one might argue that 20 years was, under the circumstances, an incredibly long time for them to have pretended to be unholy, and that, from a Christian perspective, the harm they did while feigning unholiness may even have outweighed the greater good.”

If you’re curious to see what undercover Christian gangster rappers look and sound like, here’s a video from one of their more overtly “Christian” songs. I haven’t listened to the words yet, but doubtless it needs a language warning (as do those links).

8 Comments Insanity prevails

  1. Scott

    Made it halfway through the Guardian article (first link). Echo Gary’s sentiments.

    Another example in which the means doesn’t seem to justify the (questionable) ends.

  2. Ben McLaughlin

    Christian or not, that may be the worst song I’ve ever heard, ever. Ever. I always thought they were terrible, now I have extra confirmation.

    There’s lots of interesting Christian hip hop. This isn’t it.

  3. Arthur

    The journalist could have helped them out by adding a bit more punctuation to the line,
    I get anxiety and shit a lot.

    Nathan, have you spotted any references to Jesus, or anything else that fleshes out their God?

  4. Nathan Campbell

    They’ve got a song called “Questions” and the chorus is:

    Won’t you tell me why
    someone tell me why
    Jesus tell me why
    I must find out why

    But the verses go something like:

    “Why, every time I choke a friends neck, he don’t come back, why
    Why, every time I stab my eyes with an ice pick, I cant see s***, why
    Why, every time I play chicken with a train, it wins the game, why
    Why, every time I wake the dead up, the try to eat my head up, why
    Why, every time I see my reflection, I see no direction, why
    Why, every time I order a taco, you want a bite muthaf***o, tell me why”

    I’m not sure that Jesus is the answer to those questions.

    Which, I’d say are:

    1. Because he’s dead.
    2. Because you poked your eyes out with said icepick and you need eyes to see.
    3. Because the train is bigger than you and Force=Mass x Acceleration, it’s just physics.
    4. They are zombies.
    5. Your mirror does not face any directional signage, nor have you written anything significant on your forehead.
    6. That’s what friends are for…

    Here’s an article that nails the ICP gospel – which seems mostly to be based on avoiding paying for your sins to get into heaven without a mention of how that works.

  5. Gary Ware

    Nothing seemed to mention Jesus.
    Invoking ‘God’ automatically entitles you to the label ‘evangelical Christian’.
    The Saturday Night Live parody seemed amusing: ‘What’s a blanket?’

  6. Damien Carson

    Hang on a minute… is this life imitating art, or is it art imitating art? Remember the Southpark episode when Cartman changed his hard rock band to a Christian band because he thought a Christian album would go platinum quicker?!

    Not that I have ever watched Southpark… well, hardly ever.

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