Insane Clown Posse
Bang! Pow! Boom!


3.5
great

Review

by 21stcenturyschizoid USER (6 Reviews)
February 28th, 2010 | 348 replies | 24,910 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


29 of 38 thought this review was well written

As Chuck D pointed out, Detroit has always been very underrated in regards to hip hop. While its major stars, like Esham, J Dilla, Eminem, Kid Rock and especially Insane Clown Posse have garned large fanbases and album sales, Detroit has never been particularly well respected by the hip hop elite. Perhaps Detroit's hip hop has not been treated as harshly as Florida, the state that produced 2 Live Crew and Vanilla Ice, but none of Detroit's rap stars have received any high level of fame and recognition that other states, like New York and Los Angeles have received.

Take Esham for example. Sure, he invented horrorcore and influenced a whole generation of face paint-wearing psychedelic rappers, but he's hardly known, even to fans of Eminem, who was strongly influenced by Esham. Insane Clown Posse is another one. While known to most of hip hop, and the subject of mass devotion to the largest and most dedicated music fanbase in the world, Juggalos, (often dubbed a cross between Deadheads and the Kiss Army), praise and recognition for the group's innovations is few and far between.

Noted as a huge influence on psychedelic and horror rap? No. An early example of the rock attitude meets rap-beats genre populated by Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys and their offspring? No. The only group in history to release an album that charts at #4 on the Billboard 200, despite the fact that no radio stations will play their songs, MTV doesn't play their videos, and music sites like this one diss them? No, they aren't recognized for that, either.

All of this is pretty strange, but when you're dealing with such an unusual and unique music group - that claims to get inspiration from a "Dark Carnival" that will judge you upon death - rule of thumb is, expect the unexpected. Let's get down to the nitty gritty here: Bang! Pow! Boom! is a significant improvement over the group's lackluster The Tempest. For the first time since Bizarre/Bizzar, the group is fully collaborating with Detroit's second major music genius (after George Clinton), Mike E. Clark, who is so talented that he can even make Kid Rock listenable. Clark puts forward a lot of great work here, tossing MCs Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope in and out of genres like a hurricane, like in "The Clowns are Back", which crosses hip hop with thrash metal, or the funky "Boing Boing", in which the group hilariously claims to be sex gods ("real women of the world love juggalos / ask my bitch, your mama knows").

Still, for my money, the funniest cut on the album is "To Catch a Predator", because, to me, nothing in the world is funnier than pedophiles being brutally murdered. Some of the cuts on here sound very modern, futuristic, and beyond mainstream hip hop - like "Fonz Pond". Others are very retro, and still beyond mainstream hip hop - like "Imma Kill You", which sounds like a lost Ice Cube single.

While Bang! Pow! Boom! has been lauded by critics as one of the band's best albums, alongside The Amazing Jeckel Brothers, I'm actually a little torn. Sure, it's an advancement in musical and lyrical form for this group, but I still think Beverly Kills 50187 might be better than the group's entire discography, if not for the fact that it sounds more like an Esham album than an Insane Clown Posse album.

Still, if you want to know where both Dr. Octagon and Slim Shady got their ideas from, Bang! Pow! Boom! is worth checking out. And for those still looking for an explanation for all the 1-star ratings for a group whose fanbase includes both Chuck D and Slash, here's the best I can come up with:

When a group's lyrical content often refers to the violent murder of racists, wife-beaters and pedophiles, a lot of racist, wife-beating pedophiles get pissed off and post negative ratings. Others are just plain ignorant of hip hop's history.

Bang! Pow! Boom! stands as one of the best hip hop albums of 2009, proving once again that Detroit is king when it comes to hip hop. If you bought Eminem's Relapse, Esham's I Ain't Cha Homey and Twiztid's W.I.C.K.E.D., you already have this album.



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Yazz_Flute
February 28th 2010



18770 Comments


uh joke review?

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Plutonio
February 28th 2010



474 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Still, if you want to know where both Dr. Octagon and Slim Shady got their ideas from, Bang! Pow! Boom! is worth checking out.


Unless you're talking about Relapse-era Shady you're sadly mistaken.

Bang! Pow! Boom! stands as one of the best hip hop albums of 2009, proving once again that Detroit is king when it comes to hip hop. If you bought Eminem's Relapse, Esham's I Ain't Cha Homey and Twiztid's W.I.C.K.E.D., you already have this album.


Because anyone wants a second copy of Relapse or WICKED. And no, Detroit isn't really all that great when it comes to hip-hop. Just rehashed material that constantly resurfaces. Nowadays, we need innovation, not Kid Rock.

And you should never give a 3.5 to an album that is apparently a rip-off a three other albums.

When a group's lyrical content often refers to the violent murder of racists, wife-beaters and pedophiles, a lot of racist, wife-beating pedophiles get pissed off and post negative ratings.


Way to argue an opinion.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2010



20801 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

The lyrics are incredibly deep.

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2010



17204 Comments


[img]http://www.photobasement.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/icpfuneral.jpg[/img]

so are you the one on the left or the one on the right?

americanohno
February 28th 2010



1599 Comments


hmmm wearing hoodies to a funeral. disrespectful!

Plutonio
February 28th 2010



474 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

The lyrics to Imma Kill you are either about Dante's expansion of Hell or about death with a few allusions to Jesus's crucifixion.

EliteChiefModerator
February 28th 2010



251 Comments


I've never knowingly heard an ICP song

JulesWin
February 28th 2010



993 Comments


"hmmm wearing hoodies to a funeral. disrespectful!"

no. wearing ICP hoodies is disrespectful


theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2010



28467 Comments


blind pos for being yourself

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Bulldog
February 28th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@theacademy - "being yourself" I will always accept, so long as you can back it up.

And redskyformiles wins hard in this thread.

DeleriumTrigger
February 28th 2010



416 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

MMFWCL

americanohno
February 28th 2010



1599 Comments


"no. wearing ICP hoodies is disrespectful"

to a funeral yes. in walmart it's fine.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2010



17204 Comments


in walmart it's just sad.

DeleriumTrigger
February 28th 2010



416 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wearing a Great Milenko shirt right meow. It feels all soft.

Countess
February 28th 2010



818 Comments


"in walmart that's just sad"

it's sad ANYWHERE!
and ICP casket? that's worse than a KISS casket!

americanohno
February 28th 2010



1599 Comments


my dad usually just wears boxers when he goes to walmart, so I respect someone in an icp hoodie with the dignity to dress up for the occasion.

Countess
February 28th 2010



818 Comments


well if you call that dressing up...

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2010



17204 Comments


if you ever need a self-esteem boost go to walmart at 2 in the morning. you'll come out of there feeling so much better about yourself.

R6Rider
February 28th 2010



4581 Comments


so true^

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americanohno
February 28th 2010



1599 Comments


yeah I worked the night shift at walmart and there are some funny people that come through the doors that late.



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