Homies (song)

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"Homies"
Single by Insane Clown Posse featuring Twiztid
from the album The Wraith: Shangri-La
Released 2002
Genre Rap rock
Label Psychopathic
Writer(s) Insane Clown Posse
Mike Puwal
Twiztid
Insane Clown Posse chronology
"Tilt-A Whirl"
(2000)
"Homies"
(2002)
"Hell's Forecast"/"Murder Rap"
(2002)

"Homies" is a song written by Insane Clown Posse, Mike Puwal and Twiztid for ICP's 2002 album The Wraith: Shangri-La. After the 1992 single "Psychopathic", "Homies" is the second single released by the group to not be produced by Mike E. Clark, who had stopped working with Psychopathic Records due to a disagreement with ICP's Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler. Clark later produced a remix of the song, which appeared on Forgotten Freshness Volume 4, after Clark reconciled with ICP.[1]

A single was released later in the year, and a music video for the song was produced, featuring appearances by the entire Psychopathic Records roster at the time, which included Anybody Killa, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Esham and Zug Izland. The song's lyrics focus on the positive aspects of friendship, and is more upbeat and cheerful than Insane Clown Posse is generally known for. It is also one of the few (if only) songs by the duo that has received positive feedback from critics.

Recording[edit]

During the recording of ICP's double album releases Bizzar and Bizaar, the duo had a falling out with producer Mike E. Clark, and decided to record The Wraith: Shangri-La without him.[2][3] In 2001, Insane Clown Posse built its own studio called "The Lotus Pod" in Detroit, Michigan.[4] After brainstorming in seclusion about the album, the group traveled to recording studios across the United States to produce The Wraith: Shangri-La.[4] They began writing and recording in Dallas, Texas along with Zug Izland and producer Mike Puwal.[4]

Lyrics and music[edit]

Puwal offered Insane Clown Posse a sound Bruce described as being more pop-oriented.[5] Writer Bradley Torreano of Allmusic describes "Homies" as the group's most positive song, and a "laid-back rock track."[6] The lyrics describe the positive aspects of loyalty and friendship.[6]

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced for the song, featuring Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid and Zug Izland, as well as appearances by Anybody Killa, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Esham and Psychopathic Records employees. It was reissued on the DVD Psychopathic: The Videos in 2007.[7]

Reception[edit]

Allmusic complimented the song.[6] Spin recommended the song.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Homies (Street Version)"    
2. "Bloody Bitch"    
3. "Juggalo Chant"    
4. "Homies (Radio Version)"    

References[edit]

  1. ^ Insane Clown Posse (2005). Forgotten Freshness Volumes 4. Liner notes. Psychopathic Records.
  2. ^ Bruce, Joseph; Echlin, Hobey (August 2003). "Hatchet Rising". In Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (2nd Edition ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 470–496. ISBN 0-9741846-0-8. 
  3. ^ Graham, Adam (June 23, 2009). "Detroit producer Mike E. Clark turns it up with 'Murder Mix' series". The Detroit News. Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Bruce, Joseph; Echlin, Hobey (August 2003). "Diamond Rain". In Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (second ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 500–519. ISBN 0-9741846-0-8. 
  5. ^ http://www.avclub.com/articles/violent-j-of-insane-clown-posse,60282/
  6. ^ a b c http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-wraith-shangri-la-r613185/review
  7. ^ Psychopathic: The Videos: DVD (flv) (internet advertisement). Psychopathic Video. 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  8. ^ "Playlist". Spin 19 (2): 103. February 2003. ISSN 0886-3032. 

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