Say what you want about the common Juggalo, but for all their Faygo-drinking and clown-paint curiousness, they manage to hold a self-contained five-day festival that passes every year virtually without incident and with minimal arrests. And they’ve been doing that for eighteen years. Ja Rule tried to do it once and wound up trapping a bunch of rich white kids on a prison island. Hilarious, yes. But not exactly a profitable business model.
That said, as a group Juggalos – the largely bananas but extremely fanatical followers of noted miracle-loving group Insane Clown Posse – are by-and-large a resourceful and clever bunch. But individually… there be problems.
A perennial music venue and dive bar in Michigan recently received a large white box containing 500 copyright violation notices from their internet provider, Comcast.
Scotty Bell, the talent buyer for Mac’s Bar in the state’s capital of Lansing copped the whack upon arriving at the bar following the completion of a tour of Europe – Bell tour manages for The Menzingers, for those of you keeping score at home.
Each of the violation notices in the box represented one single song, and every one of the songs identified as being illegally download – every single one – was a Three 6 Mafia track.
Working backwards, Bell discovered that all the violations occurred between 9:40pm and 10:30pm on a night where the bar was hosting a, as Bell puts it, “juggalo Valentine’s Day hip-hop show.” Which is ah… a real thing.
Someone at the Juggalo show – which featured a lineup of ten acts comprising largely of “juggalo or horrorcore rap” – got the bar’s WiFi password, and used that privilege to torrent the entire Three 6 Mafia discography.
As Bell himself describes the crime:
Someone must have gotten the Wi-Fi password or the DJ got it from the bartender. Apparently they needed to download all of Three 6 Mafia’s discography because every single piece of paper is a Three 6 Mafia song, without exception. From there they also downloaded Young Buck’s Straight Outta Cashville, which is also a classic.
So there you go. Local Michigan-area Juggalo goes to the Valentine’s Day juggalo hip-hop show, discovers a sudden urge to listen to Three 6 Mafia, grabs the bar’s internet password and torrents the entire discography, and the bar winds up catch FIVE-HUNDRED copyright violation notices as a result.
Bell suggested that the bar will frame a couple of the notices, particularly the one for that memorable Three 6 Mafia hit, ‘Slob On My Knob.’
Regardless, we dare say that the Juggalo Night Court would not look too favourably on this. Our suggestion? Two spins of the Wheel of Bone.
Juggalos might be forever, but so is copyright.