WTF is a Juggalo? Memorable Moments in Juggalo History
The Juggalos may be die-hard fanatics of the Insane Clown Posse, but the face-paint wearing, Faygo drinking group surely aren’t gaining any fans in the court of public opinion. After this weekend’s 11th annual Gathering of the Juggalos in southern Illinois, the Juggs—who were originally christened by ICP group members during a 1990 show—made headlines when they attacked Tila Tequila then Method Man during their respective performances. While on stage, Tequila endured being pelted with rocks, bottles and feces. Method Man was also struck with flying debris, but still went on to perform despite having a bloodied face. Yesterday, Meth came out and said that he was planning on suing as a result of the incident.
Juggalos are great in number and passion, but also are relatively niche within the hip-hop community. In light of this past weekend's events, XXL did some research to find out who the heck these face painted fans are and take a look back at some important moments in Juggalo history. They're not all clean, they're not all pretty, but they're sure as hell unique.
The term Juggalo is coined.
“What is a Juggalo” is released on The Great Milenko, the fourth album from ICP.
The track asks the question in its title, with plenty of ridiculous answers in the lyrics. For instance, “What is a Juggalo? A dead body/Well, he ain’t really dead, but he ain’t like anybody that you’ve ever met before/He’ll eat Monopoly and shit out Connect 4.” Ouch.
An infomercial for ICP airs on MTV.
The spot opens with the group’s road manager saying, “Our fans for ICP define the term fan. It’s short for fanatical. Once they start listening to ICP, they stop listening to other music. They listen exclusively to ICP, and they take it quite seriously.” The next seven minutes artfully demonstrate clowns taking ICP seriously. Very seriously. And we don’t mean clown in a derogatory way, either. Just statin’ facts here.
Juggalo Championship Wrestling is established.
This brand of hardcore wrestling established by ICP was largely influenced by the ECW. Many of the matches and episodes can be seen on for sale DVDs or on an internet show, SlamTV! Unfortunately, Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J never got in the ring with Eminem to settle their differences. That DVD right there woulda sold.
The first annual Gathering of the Juggalos.
Held at the Expo center in Novi, Michigan, the three-day event celebrated all things Juggalo with musical performances, wrestling and more, and drew roughly 7,000 fans. By the 10th Gathering of the Juggalos in 2009, there were some 20,000 fans in attendance.
An incident later said to be a riot breaks out at the second annual Gathering of the Juggalos.
During ICP’s performance, hundreds of fans stormed the stage, causing the duo to cut their set short and the festival, held that year in Toledo, Ohio, to come to an early close.
Police shoot rubber bullets into a relatively calm crowd at the third annual Gathering of the Juggalos. Most of those in attendance and near the scene say that it was an overreaction on the part of law enforcement.
Juggalos rob patrons in a Seattle park.
As reported by the Seattle Times, “The group cried ‘woop, woop, Juggalo’ as they assaulted park visitors with a machete and fists. They stole cell phones, cash and wallets and even threatened to cut their victims' heads off, according to court documents.”
A Juggalo centered episode of Law & Order airs.
In March of this year, an episode of the NBC crime drama told the story of some teenagers who were murdered by a group of Juggalos. Although many Juggalos fight to show that they are a peaceful family, the episode was based on an actual incident.
ICP are parodied on Saturday Night Live.
A recent ICP single, “Miracles,” is redone on the weekly sketch comedy program. The new version is called “Magical Mysteries.” Seriously, though, we’re with ICP—what's the deal with magnets, anyway?