Tales from the Lotus Pod

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Tales from the Lotus Pod
Studio album by Dark Lotus
Released July 13, 2001
Genre Hardcore hip hop
Horrorcore
Indie hip hop
Length 70:52
66:19 (reissue)
Label Psychopathic
Producer Mike E. Clark
Fritz the Cat
Dark Lotus chronology
Tales from the Lotus Pod
(2001)
Black Rain
(2004)
Tales from the Lotus Pod
2002 reissue.

Tales from the Lotus Pod is the first album by American hip hop group Dark Lotus. Released in 2001, the album featured the only appearance of former member Marz, who was soon dismissed from the group. This was the first Insane Clown Posse/Twiztid related album to be released after their label Psychopathic Records left Island Records. The original release is out of print, while the revised 2002 release is available via Psychopathic's webstore and on Psychopathic tours.

Production[edit]

Insane Clown Posse and Twiztid recorded a collaboration called "Echoside" under the name Dark Lotus. The song was released as a single in 1998, with all-black artwork and labels.[1] The song was intended to appear on the Dark Lotus album Tales from the Lotus Pod, but because the album's production took longer than expected, it was instead released on ICP's 1999 album The Amazing Jeckel Brothers.[1] Between this time, Blaze Ya Dead Homie joined the group, and Insane Clown Posse toured with the rap metal band Marz, whose leader, also named Marz, was impressed by ICP's performance style, and was embraced by the Juggalo fanbase.[2] Joseph Bruce made plans to sign Marz to Psychopathic and have him join Dark Lotus, but Marz was still signed with another label, E-Magine Records. However, he claimed that he could get out of his contract with the label in order to join Psychopathic.[2]

Although the rest of Dark Lotus was not as impressed with Marz as Bruce was, Marz joined the group and recorded vocals for Tales from the Lotus Pod. Mike E. Clark was brought in to produce the album, but left the project after producing four songs. Fritz the Cat was brought in to finish the album.[3] Mike Puwel contributed guitars and other instruments and also contributed to mixing the album alongside Bruce, Puwel, and Fritz The Cat.

Marz also was featured on Psychopathic's 2001 sampler, but ultimately never signed with the label.[1] This ultimately lead to a dispute between Insane Clown Posse and Marz. Marz recorded a diss track towards ICP, saying that he "was the Sixth Joker's Card".[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allrovi 2.5/5 stars[4]
MSN 2/5 stars[5]

The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #158 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on the Top Independent Albums chart.[6]

Legacy[edit]

Joseph Bruce ultimately did not like the completed album, finding it to be "too morbid, dark and slow. I love the raps and music, but it just puts me into a mood I don't like."[2] Additionally, Bruce felt that the album was tarnished by his negative experiences during its recording, and the tours associated with it, including his falling out with Mike E. Clark, Marz's contributions to the album, and Bruce's panic attacks.[2]

In 2002, the album was reissued in a different version that excised Marz's vocals, which were replaced by newly recorded verses performed by Anybody Killa.[2][7] Bruce declared the reissue of the album to be the "definitive" version.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Although there are no track titles listed on the album's back cover,[8] they have been listed elsewhere, such as Amazon.com.[9]

# Title per Amazon.com[9] Time (original) Time (reissue)
1 "Intro" 1:21 1:21
2 "Ali Baba" 4:22 4:21
3 "Something" 4:21 3:59
4 "Hurt Myself" 5:10 5:09
5 "Call Upon Your Gods" 4:57 4:57
6 "And We Danced" 4:37 4:36
7 "cigaM kcalB" 4:57 4:56
8 "Gimme Dat Blood" 3:39 3:39
9 "Headache" 5:38 5:36
10 "Bad Rep" 4:46 4:47
11 "Bitch I'm Sexy" 3:51 3:30
12 "Swarm" 4:46 4:45
13 "I Wanna Die" 3:52 3:51
14 "The Crows" 3:52 3:52
15 "Juggalo Family" 6:07 6:06
16 "Dot Com" 4:47 4:46

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bruce, Joseph; Hobey Echlin (August 2003). "Insane Clown Posse Complete Discography". In Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (second ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 560–561, 586, 592. ISBN 0-9741846-0-8. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Bruce, Joseph; Hobey Echlin (August 2003). "Hatchet Rising". In Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (second ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 488; 490–491; 494. ISBN 0-9741846-0-8. 
  3. ^ Bruce, Joseph; Hobey Echlin (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. 
  4. ^ "Listen to Tales From the Lotus Pod by Dark Lotus - Album Reviews, Credits, and Awards". AllRovi. 2001-07-17. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  5. ^ "Multiple Matches Found - MSN Musictales-from-the-lotus-pod". Music.msn.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  6. ^ "Charts and awards for Tales from the Lotus Pod". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  7. ^ True, Chris. "Dark Lotus > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  8. ^ "Tales From the Lotus Pod > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  9. ^ a b "ASIN: B00126PC40". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2008-07-15.