Insane Clown Posse
The Wraith: Shangri-La


4.0
excellent

Review

by juggalotricksta USER (5 Reviews)
January 21st, 2005 | 96 replies | 88,963 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


8 of 12 thought this review was well written

The Wraith: Shangri-La, the sixth and final joker's card, the supposed end of it all. The last album to drop in the series of the six faces of the dark carnival. The Wraith guides you on your journey after death, be it good or evil. Shangri-La is the Juggalo Heaven...the good side of death. Hell's Pit is yet to come...That's the story line behind this album. Its a little dramatic, but thats the gimmick.

The Band
Violent J - vocals
Shaggy 2 Dope - vocals, turntables
Mike Puwal - production, guitars

Additional vocals by:
Jamie Madrox
Monoxide Child
Blaze Ya Dead Homie
Anybody Killa
Esham
Jumpsteady

...and featuring Zug Izland on Walk Into Thy Light, Cotton Candy & Popsicles, and Thy Unveiling.

ICP's style seems to lean more towards the rock side of the genre with every release, and this album is no exception. Their earlier albums are heavily rap influenced, with minimal rock riffs, but The Wraith showcases the opposite. The rap is still there, but the rock is much more apparent than before. This sixth joker's card is ICP at their best.

Recommended Tracks -

Walk Into Thy Light - 3/5
This track starts off as all the other joker cards do, narrating the story of The Wraith. After the story comes the high pitched, helium induced commentary from The Ringmaster. The song itself begins with Shaggy's verse basically saying, "We told you it would come." J comes in sounding very raspy, singing about juggalos, faygo, the usual. The highpoint of the song is definitely the chorus, which is repeated for last half of the song, and features the band Zug Izland on instruments and vocals. They could have done more with the verses, but the rest was done nicely.

Welcome To Thy Show - 4/5
This is probably the song that best represents this album. Excellent rapping from both J and Shaggy, a nice blend of wicked lyrics and juggalo chants. Nice use of the call and answer format for the two rappers. The end drags on a bit, but for the most part its a great song.

Thy Staleness - 3/5
Thy Staleness kicks off with what I believe is dialogue from the movie "Killer Clowns From Outer Space"...but dont quote me on it. The verses in this really are nothing special, but the end it works up to is worth all three points Ive given it. Another chant from J and the crew, "Im so sorry Im stale, but still I gotta murder your face." The chant itself sounds very happy, and is insanely catchy. It offsets the lyrics quite nicely.

Juggalo Homies - 5/5
Who can you relax around and scratch your balls? Homies. This is easily one of my favorite songs of all time, and it relates almost exactly to my friends and I. It starts with an awesome little guitar riff, J raps the verses, Shaggy raps the bridges, and the whole psychopathic family sings the chorus. The guys from Twiztid make appearances with verses of their own (Madrox's is the high point of the song for me) and ABK yells throughout. If you download one ICP song, let this be the one.

Ain't Yo Bidness - 3/5
Back to rapping. This is the most rap influenced song on the album. They do a great job of separating themselves from all the mainstream gangsta rappers, and make fun of a few of them. Decent song to an awesome beat.

We Belong - 4/5
I gave this one a 4, because some of the rapping J does in the second verse is just plain cool. "Some of us own drug paraphernalia materials and some of us have incurable sexual venerials"


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juggalotricksta
January 21st 2005



55 Comments


That line is awesome when you hear it. And because the chorus is very rock, lot of power chords and loud vocals. Again Shaggy and J alternate verses, which works out great for this one.

Cotton Candy & Popsicles - 3/5
I marked this one down for the weird interlude in the middle. It really disrupts the song. But for the most part its just a sweet love song...well, its ICP hitting on random girls in a very vulgar manner. The beat is what stands out for me on this one. Also Zug Izland come in again for the chorus.

Thy Unveiling - 5/5
Violent J tackles this one alone. Its just him rapping over a nice little guitar riff and couple bass drum hits. He raps about how ICP aren't in the business for money, and have always been behind God despite all the wicked stuff they rap about. Strong message and I still get chills when I listen to it. At the end of the song, they mix in various bits from all their previous albums, along with more juggalos singing in unison. One of the best ICP cuts ever.

If youre a fan of ICP (including Kottonmouth Kings, Project Deadman, and anything released on Psychopathic records), this is a must have. If you are a fan of the rap-rock genre (and can handle violent and intense lyrics) then I would recommend this cd to you. But it wont attract outsiders at all. WARNING: Do not go out and buy this for the musical quality of it, because ICP are in no way talented musicians. But they make fun music you can rock out to, and some people need that every now and then. This is a great album for that purpose.

Final Rating - 4/5



juggalotricksta
January 21st 2005



55 Comments


Sorry about having to double post this one, I didnt know there was a character limit, and that it was that short.

Oni
January 21st 2005



17 Comments


I could care less about them, because I'm not big on the whole rap thing. Anyway, really good review, man... good way to start off the site.

Dancin' Man
January 21st 2005



719 Comments


Do not confuse this for rap. It's groups like this that give people the idea of cRap. I hate ICP if you couldn't tell and none of their albums could change my mind.

Dead
April 3rd 2005



30 Comments


I dispise ICP above all other "bands". I don't understand how it is considered Rap Rock. It isn't rock. And a lot of rap fans don't like it. Plus there is no such thing as a person who just likes ICP. They have to completely worship them. ICP fans have ICP everything. They have ICP pillocases and crap like that. It's like a cult. A bad one.

ocelot-05
October 3rd 2005



807 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I bought this album a few years ago and I only listened to it once. It is absolutely horrible. It is annoying, and misogynistic. The only decent album they've ever made was the Great Milenko. And juggalotricksta, I've seen you backing down from you juggalo status, like you're not a real fan. If not, then why is your user name juggalotricksta? I don't understand. If you are a real hardcore fan, a juggalo, then don't be ashamed to admit it. Be who you are, and don't let the snobs put you down.

I'm Charming
October 4th 2005



332 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5

I pray to god. this is the end for ICP. Like they claim. I don't even believe in god, but I'm really praying.

I C P Infected C*** Piercing

Laafe
October 4th 2005



347 Comments


ICP = SH IT

Captain_HumpYourFace
October 5th 2005



119 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5

I'm not wasting my time explaning why ICP is complete garbage.

chronikkda_punk
October 6th 2005



27 Comments


Where's the rap-metal part in this group? i cant find the metal, anywhere...

I once again grabbed the 'Great Milnko' album frm a friend who went 2 NZ, and played it...

some of the songs are SICK!!!...but still decent production values...

EDIT: I heard some songs frm Calm dere new album 'Crop Circles' is kinda hypnotic..This Message Edited On 10.05.05

juggalotricksta
October 20th 2005



55 Comments


Quote: And juggalotricksta, I've seen you backing down from you juggalo status, like you're not a real fan. If not, then why is your user name juggalotricksta? I don't understand. If you are a real hardcore fan, a juggalo, then don't be ashamed to admit it. Be who you are, and don't let the snobs put you down.

When have you seen that? I've never once backed down from being a juggalo. Im down for life, and I dont care who knows it. What I do back down from, is being a crazyass with ICP bedsheets that knocks people out for dissing ICP. I have a broad taste in music, and I like it when other people have their own opinions.


DownPaymentBlues78
October 20th 2005



278 Comments


what a terrible group.

Scott Herren
December 20th 2005



192 Comments


I thought it was 2 retards who paint their faces like wanna be kiss members, and try to rap, but what do I know? The sad thing is this got some 1's. I think some people didn't realize that there is a level below awful. It's called Rate It.

Storm In A Teacup
December 20th 2005



12687 Comments


I have a friend who likes this stuff so I don't want to flame them.


/flame

Anyways, these guys are in a video game aren't they? Or am I thinking of other face paint wearing people?

Scott Herren
December 20th 2005



192 Comments


I'd imagine they would have lots of gimmicks like video game appearances, the whole joker card thing, juggalos, etc., to try and counteract the horrible product that they are putting out.

YDload
December 20th 2005



1207 Comments


to counteract music this band, they would need to do something like start their own backyard wrestling league.

wait...

pulseczar
December 20th 2005



2385 Comments


.3 rating, I'm proud of you guys

Killtacular
December 20th 2005



1314 Comments


It's a group effort.

SyphonAss
December 20th 2005



141 Comments


trying to do my partThis Message Edited On 12.20.05

Glitterati
December 21st 2005



83 Comments


/insert generic ICP bash here



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