Insane Clown After Parties

The Gathering of the Juggalos lasted five days this year. That’s one extra day than last year. Based on the fact that I haven’t stopped coughing since I got back it was probably a day too long. Wednesday was the opening day and Sunday was a chill day that was over early but on Thursday, Friday and Saturday shit went all night. Each day there was an after party that started at 2AM and in at least one case didn’t end until the sun came up. The parties were held in this little tent called The Bomb House and featured a lot of sick artists and were some of the best events of the Gathering.

On Thursday night Violent J hosted his West Side party where he brought up a bunch of west coast legends to do their thing. Although I generally prefer east coast rap to the west I actually thought J’s party was the best of the three. Warren G started shit off which aside from being awesome it itself was a little blast from the recent juggalo past. At my first Gathering Warren G was actually the first artist as I saw walking into the event. I was pretty terrified so it was cool to see how far I have come in between Warren G sets. He did a Nate Dogg medley which everyone in the crowd sang a long to. They also did Nate’s verses in Regulator. It was pretty amazing. After Warren G a dude name Glasses Malone came up. He is on Cash Money and I don’t know much about him but he went over well. After that you had the Pharcyde… well actually just Booty Brown and Imani are all that’s left of the Pharcyde but I am not fucking complaining. I am a HUGE Pharcyde fan and I was sitting on the stage trying to take photos but just singing along to every word making a fool of myself. I actually caught a juggalo in the crowd video taping me losing it. Seriously the Pharcyde killed it and between them and Onyx it was the musical highlight of my trip. Lil Eazy came up to end the night. He is the son of Eazy E and opened his set doing Eazy E covers which was fucking amazing since I am the worlds biggest white kid from the suburbs Eazy E fan. Again I was singing along to every word until my friends dragged me the fuck out of there cause it was 5AM and we had an hour drive back to our cabin.

Click here to see all the pictures from Violent J’s West Side Party at the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos.

Pharcyde @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Warren G @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Lil Eazy E @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

On Friday night Shaggy 2 Dope hosted his Beasts of the East party. I was pretty pumped for this because the Fat Boys were going to be there. I know most people think of the Fat Boys as this novelty act from the 80’s but I am honestly a really big fan. How many people do you know that own multiple Fat Boys’ records on CD, tape and vinyl? Unfortunately they canceled but we were still left with a pretty serious line up. In one of the more surreal moments of my life both Biz Markie and Rahzel came out together and beat boxed as a team. We are talking about (along with Doug E. Fresh) the best beat boxers in history performing together. It was awesome. After that shit got even crazier with Raekwon the Chef from the Wu Tang Clan coming out and just destroying shit. Of all three parties the crowd responded most to Raekwon and it seemed juggalos know ever word to every Wu Tang jam. Lastly former Psychopathic records artist Myzery showed up to replace The Fat Boys. Juggalos seemed psyched but I don’t know any of his stuff so I took a few pictures and bounced. The dude is from NYC though so I had to give him some respect at least. Not too many New  Yorkers at Cave In Rock.

Click here to see all the pictures from Shaggy 2 Dope’s Beast of the East party at the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos.

Shaggy's Beast Of The East Party @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Biz Markie @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Raekwon @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Saturday night Twiztid hosted the Dirty Dirty Party. Now I don’t really fuck with that much dirty south shit and my friends Wolfpac were playing at the same time so I decided not to shoot much of the party. I showed up late right as Jellyroll was leaving the stage. I had met Lil Wyte earlier in the day so I shot most of his set the party was bumping and there were naked juggalette’s on stage. By Saturday everyone had lost their minds and shit was getting weird. Haystak came on so I shot a little bit of his set and then I rolled over to the Wolfpac’s show. I missed Rittz who I really wanted to see and figured I would miss Project Pat but by the time I got back at 5AM Project Pat had just taken the stage. I figured all my friends had left but they were all there and we jammed out to Project Pat doing a couple of songs that Three Six Mafia had done the night before. All my media crew was completely tore up and it ended up being some of the most fun I had the whole trip. It was daylight by the time we left and I think I ended up going to bed at 9am. Good times.

Click here to see all the pictures from Twizid’s Dirty Dirty party at the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos. Some shots in this set are NSFW.

Haystak @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Lil Wyte @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Project Pat @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

The Gathering of the Juggalos is a yearly music festival in Cave In Rock, IL created by the Insane Clown Posse that I have now photographed three times. Every year it produces some of the best photos I have ever taken. To see my complete GOTJ archives please click here.


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