|Years active||1999 – 2015|
|Labels||Joe & Joey Records|
|Associated acts||Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Natas, Dark Lotus, Drive-By, Soopa Villainz, Samhein Witch Killaz|
The Eleventh Letter
Psychopathic Rydas was an American hip hop group based in Detroit, Michigan. Formed in 1999, the group consisted of Psychopathic Records-associated rappers performing under alternate stage names in the style of gangsta rap. The group's lineup consisted of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope of Insane Clown Posse, Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child of Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Anybody Killa, Myzery, Boondox, and Esham.
Psychopathic Rydas was created as a retaliation to the critics saying Psychopathic Records artists were "wannabe rappers". In the linear notes of Insane Clown Posse's album The Amazing Jeckel Brothers fans could find out how to send proof of purchase to Psychopathic Records to get a full-length album titled Dumpin', by a "gangsta rap spoof" group called Psychopathic Rydas. The album was released on the imprint Joe & Joey Records. From that point on, Rydas albums could not be officially released elsewhere due to the use of unlicensed samples and beats.
Over the next two years, there were plans for the original six members to release solo albums as their respective persona. The Pendulum #7 (which were mini releases related to Insane Clown Posse's comic book series) featured two solo songs by Violent J (Bullet) and one solo song by Shaggy 2 Dope (Full Clip). A solo song by Jamie Madrox (Lil' Shank) was leaked online, and later included on a limited edition boxset by Twiztid in 2019. That same boxset also included a hidden solo song by Monoxide Child (Foe Foe) from these sessions. Solo songs by Blaze Ya Dead Homie (Cell Block) and Myzery (Twin Gatz) never surfaced.
After the release of Dumpin', Myzery (Twin Gatz) had left the group and Psychopathic Records in general. The remaining 5 members released the album Ryden Dirtay at the 2001 Gathering of the Juggalos, just days before the other collaboration album Tales from the Lotus Pod by Dark Lotus came out. Ryden Dirtay is the only Rydas album to appear on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, at #46. Wanting to involve more artists, Rydas added two new members in 2004, being Anybody Killa (Sawed Off) and Esham (Converse). As a sampler, the Limited Edition EP was released. Three out of the four songs would be exclusive to this release. At the 2004 Gathering of the Juggalos, Check Your Shit in Bitch! was released.
Between 2005 and 2007, both Esham (Converse) and Anybody Killa (Sawed Off) had left Psychopathic Records, and thus Rydas as well. Blaze Ya Dead Homie (Cell Block), Violent J (Bullet), Shaggy 2 Dope (Full Clip), Jamie Madrox (Lil' Shank), and Monoxide Child (Foe Foe) were the remaining members of the group yet again, similar to 2001; however, in 2007, they added Boondox (Yung Dirt) to the group. This lineup released the album Duk Da Fuk Down that same year.
It would be 4 years until another Rydas collaboration happened. In 2011, Anybody Killa (Sawed Off) returned to the group. The 7 members released the albums Backdoor Ryda EP and EatShitNDie. This would mark the final releases as a group. In late 2012, Twiztid (Lil' Shank and Foe Foe) and Blaze Ya Dead Homie (Cell Block) would leave Psychopathic Records to eventually form their own label, Majik Ninja Entertainment. Boondox (Yung Dirt) would leave Psychopathic Records in the following years as well. Starting in 2012, the four rappers would still appear at the annual Gathering of the Juggalos, and perform as Psychopathic Rydas as well; however, 2015 would feature the final Rydas performance. 2016 marked the artists' final appearance at the annual event, although the Rydas did not perform at that year's Gathering of the Juggalos.
Insane Clown Posse (Bullet and Full Clip) stated in various interviews that a revival of the Rydas was a possibility, but nothing concrete was ever officially announced; thus, the supergroup is inactive as of 2019.
Music and Style
Psychopathic Rydas reuses the beats of popular rappers within the genre without paying to license the original songs or requesting permission from copyright owners to use the music, effectively making their albums bootlegs and resulting in the releases becoming difficult to find in some markets. Psychopathic Rydas' debut album, Dumpin', was originally given away for correctly answering a series of trivia questions printed in the liner notes of Insane Clown Posse's album, The Amazing Jeckel Brothers.
- Dumpin' (1999)
- The Pendulum #7 (2001)
- Ryden Dirtay (2001)
- Check Your Shit In Bitch! (2004)
- Limited Edition EP (2004)
- Duk Da Fuk Down (2007)
- EatShitNDie (2011)
- Backdoor Ryda EP (2011)
- Violent J as Bullet (1999—2015)
- Shaggy 2 Dope as Full Clip (1999—2015)
- Jamie Madrox as Lil' Shank (1999—2015)
- Monoxide Child as Foe Foe (1999—2015)
- Blaze Ya Dead Homie as Cell Block (1999—2015)
- Anybody Killa as Sawed Off (2002—2006; 2008—2015)
- Myzery as Twin Gatz (1999—2000)
- Boondox as Yung Dirt (2007—2012; 2013—2015)
- Esham as Converse (2002—2005)
- Valdivia, Victor W. "Review of Psychopathic Rydas Dumpin'". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
- "The Return of The Psychopathic Rydas". Hatchet Herald. Psychopathic Records. 13 (23). March 18, 2011. Archived from the original on March 22, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Insane Clown Posse (1999). The Amazing Jeckel Brothers. Liner notes. Island/Psychopathic. EAN 731452465924 Insane Clown Posse – The Amazing Jeckel Brothers at Discogs (list of releases)