Insane Clown Posse

Have you heard of the Insane Clown Posse (ICP)? No? Yes? Either way, they are a rap group that have been going strong for the last 20 years (believe it or not). They mainly rap about how awesome they are, how tuff they are, smoking pot, and sex (but mainly the last two) and they call their fans Juggalos or Juggalettes.

I remember when they came on the scene. Their schtick was/is to wear clown make-up all the time. And while wearing that clown make-up they rap (very poorly, I might add). Me and my homies thought the blatant rip-off (and a bad one at that) of KISS mixed with horrible music wasn’t worth spending money on.

Oh, I did listen to a few songs in sick fascination (like staring at a three-legged dog). I have even been known to watch their video of the song Miracles several time (Warning: If you watch it their are plenty of explicit lyrics) because it is astonishingly bad. It’s like watching the first couple of weeks of American Idol–those are the best shows, if you ask me.

Anyway, guess what? They have recently come out as evangelical Christians. That’s right folks. The cussing, sex, smoking dope, and drinking they have rapped about has been part of a 20-year secret strategy to tell people about Jesus and God.

They released a song called Thy Unveiling revealing all this in which they say:

F*ck 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.

So praise the Lord, right? All those songs about chopping people up and shooting women was somehow all secret Christian rock and rap? Nope. Not exactly. Sorry boys, it doesn’t work like that. Words matter. Actions matter.

I’m not saying God won’t accept ICP for who they are. I’m not saying that Jesus didn’t die to forgive even them of their sins. NOT ALL ALL, homeboys.

I’m just not buying it. I think ICP is getting older, feeling guilty for a bunch of things they’ve done, and are starting to get worried about their eternal destiny. And it’s very hard to admit that the last 20 years have been a waste. So they write some revisionist history. That’s a little easier. Plus, that way they don’t lose their fan-base and can still make a living wearing clown make-up and writing bad raps.

But here is my advice if you really believe (or once did): apologize for the past and move forward. You might lose some fans, but hey, truly following Jesus is like that. It’s hard, and never cool, and will alienate you from some people.

But that’s how we roll.

And maybe even then ICP will be in the unique position to write better music after becoming Christians. It’s rare. Mostly when someone like them (known artists and musicians) become Christians they start making bad Christian music and movies. But ICP can break that trend. Admittedly, it wouldn’t be hard, since their music is so bad.

Sorry guys–just trying to keep it real.