For better and worse, there couldn’t be a more interesting time to be a member of the American news and entertainment media. The Internet has dwarfed print, and while creativity and personal branding have flourished, accountability and objectivity have suffered, with “fake news” invading social media. The effects of the recession are still being felt, and companies have become leaner and meaner. President Trump and Steve Bannon have made enemies of the press. Vloggers and Twitter personalities have risen to prominence. What’s next for print, broadcasting and the World Wide Web? These rebels and innovators give us a pretty positive idea of what the future holds:
Born Joseph Bruce, Violent J is best known as one half of the Insane Clown Posse, but he’s also an entrepreneur, CEO of Psychopathic Records, and, with his creative partner Shaggy 2 Dope, progenitor of a genre. The Posse are also responsible for the Juggalo Championshit Wrestling federation, as well as writing the films Big Money Hustlas, Big Money Rustlas, and the upcoming Big Money Thrustas, which is to be directed by Terence Malick.
Shaggy 2 Dope
While Violent J takes credit for the creation of the Insane Clown Posse’s image and mythology, Shaggy 2 Dope has been there every step of the way and been an essential part of the Juggalo family. He also has two solo albums, “Fuck Off!” and “Fuck the Fuck Off!” As a wrestler, his signature move is called the Brainbuster.
Madrox began his musical career as a member of House of Krazees, who later became Twiztid after joining Psychopathic Records. Twiztid’s eleventh studio album, “The Evilution of Life’s ?s” came out in January, and it continues the group’s sonic and lyrical growth and evolution with songs like “I Got These Feelings” and “Come On Let’s Get High.” Madrox has no plans to continue wrestling, which he and his creative partner Monoxide Child quit in 2003, saying, “Every time we step into the ring, something bad happens. Either somebody gets hurt, or we get hurt … There are things in life that you’re good at, and not good at. [We’re] not good at [wrestling].”
As the other half of Twiztid, Child cites Tupac Shakur as an influence. His solo album, “Chainsmoker,” reached the Billboard 200 and he is playable as a character in the Xbox game, “Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This at Home.”
Once when Jumpsteady and his younger brother, Violent J, were kids, they found a beautiful butterfly and put it in a jar, but forgot to put holes on the jar’s lid. The boys awoke the next morning, excited to revisit the amazing creature they’d captured, only to find it dead. They vowed then and there to “lead lives full of good works and faith, so we can go to Heaven and apologize to that motherfucker face-to-face.”
Necro is the founder of Psycho+Logical Records, and he has released six death metal-inspired solo hip-hop albums. He appeared at the Gathering of the Juggalos in 2007. In 2009, he was fined $3,000 for breaking a man’s jaw in Perth, Australia.