This weekend I am going to get up all 14 galleries of bands I have left from the Gathering of the Juggalos and I am going to get it done in five posts so let’s start with three of my favorite sets from the Gathering: Onyx, Three Six Mafia and The Geto Boys.
When I looked at the Gathering schedule there were two groups I HAD to see. They were The Pharcyde (who I already mentioned) and Onyx. Onyx were one of my favorite rap groups growing up and I recently have been listening to them a lot. I have this idea of starting a punk band that is co-fronted by a rapper friend of mine and I have been listening to a ton of really agressive rap like Onyx and MOP. I tweeted about how I wanted to start a punk band that sounded like Onyx and when I was talking to Sticky Fingaz he remembered the Tweet and gave me his email to send him some music. Onyx put on a fucking amazing show. This was a group that came out 20 years ago and (with the exception of MC Hammer believe it or not) most aging hip hop acts I have seen have been unfortunately mediocre. Onyx came out full force and didn’t stop. By the end they were climbing scaffolding and when they finally did Slam the juggalos lost their shit. I came away so amazingly impressed and was talking about their set all weekend.
The Geto Boys played right before the Insane Clown Posse on Saturday night. Evidently they haven’t played together in years but they are ICP’s favorite band and I am sure they handed them a ton of cash and got them on stage. Whatever the case the Geto Boys seemed psyched to be there. Bushwick Bill was rolling around the Gathering all weekend and he and Scarface came out wearing clown make up. Scarface was even wearing a Psychopathic jersey on stage. They were fucking incredible and seeing Bushwick Bill slide around stage in real life is both amazing and a little terrifying. I got some amazing photos of them with ICP after the show which I will be posting later so look for that plus Bill tried to spray me with spray paint which was mildly surreal.
Three Six Mafia were a group that I was always aware of but didn’t really start listening to until the mid-2000′s. Probably around 2004 I bought one of their CDs and I was hooked. I fuck with them so hard and they have so many god damn hits. I mean they won a fucking Oscar. You cannot, not fuck with them. Right now the group is just DJ Paul and Juicy J who have a ton of hits in their solo careers and they played everything. I mean it was just one amazing track after another. All the security dudes in the pit were losing their shit too. It was fucking amazing. Also I did one of the less professional things in my life before their set. My friend bought a bunch of nitrous balloons right before they went on and handed me one. I felt if I was going to do drugs before any set Three Six Mafia was ideal. I actually finished the balloon off in the photo pit and was pretty much retarded for their first song and a half. Woops.
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.