Psychopathic Records

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Psychopathic Records
Hatchetman.png
Founded 1991
Founder Alex Abbiss
Insane Clown Posse
Distributor(s) Select-O-Hits
(1991–1998)
Island/Def Jam Music Group (1997–2000)
RED Distribution (2002–2009) (2015–Present)
InGrooves/Fontana (2010–2014) (US & Canada)
Genre Hip hop music, horrorcore, hardcore hip hop
Country of origin United States
Location Farmington Hills, Michigan
Official website psychopathicrecords.com

Psychopathic Records, also known as "The Hatchet", is an American independent record label based in Farmington Hills, Michigan that specializes in hip hop music. The label was founded in 1991 by Alex Abbiss and hip hop group Insane Clown Posse. The iconography of a man with a hatchet has been used for years as a symbol of the group, its fanbase, and its associates.

In addition to producing music, Psychopathic also produces merchandise, video, and professional wrestling.[1] Psychopathic runs its own manufacturing and distribution operations for merchandise, with nearly 30 full-time employees.[1][2] The label has an average of $10 million in revenue per year.[2][3] The recording studio for the label is called The Lotus Pod.

History[edit]

Establishment (1991–present)[edit]

Following the release of their 1991 EP Bass-Ment Cuts, Detroit hip hop trio Inner City Posse, consisting of Violent J, Shaggy 2 Dope, and John Kickjazz (John Utsler), hired local record store owner Alex Abbiss as its manager.[4] Taking the advice of Violent J's brother, Jumpsteady, the group and Abbiss agreed to create their own label.[4] After debating between the names Mad Paperboy Records and Psychopathic Records, they decided on Psychopathic and the label soon started operation out of Abbiss's mother's basement.[4] A drawing Joseph Utsler scribbled on a napkin, now known as the Hatchetman, became the company's logo.[4]

Inner City Posse released their first professionally recorded album, Dog Beats, on the label later that year. Shortly after, the group underwent a change in style, look, and name to become Insane Clown Posse, and created the Dark Carnival concept that would be continued by much of the label's other artists for years to come.[5] Esham and Kid Rock were paid to appear on the debut "Insane Clown Posse" album to increase the album's marketability.[6] The group and their label began to gain moderate popularity in the Detroit area following the releases of Carnival of Carnage and Beverly Kills 50187, as well as through their extensive amount of independent promoting. After Carnival of Carnage John Kickjazz left the group and was replaced by Gree-Z for Beverly Kills 50187. Afterwards, Gree-Z then left the group and the trio has now stayed a duo.[7]

Fluctuation and expansion (1994—2000)[edit]

Mike E. Clark was selected as the label's core producer, with his recording studio The Fun House being the main studio. On March 8, 1994, Insane Clown Posse released Ringmaster, which sold 40,000 copies independently by the summer.[7] Later that year, Project Born was the first outside act signed to Psychopathic Records with the belief that they would become "the next Dayton Family".[7] The group's debut album, Project Born Dead, received minimal sales, and they were subsequently dropped from the label in 1995.[7]

Insane Clown Posse signed a record deal with Battery/Jive Records in 1995, but left the label the following year after it poorly promoted their new album, the Riddle Box.[8] One day after the group left Jive and one day before it signed with Hollywood Records, Insane Clown Posse released Tunnel of Love on its Psychopathic label.[8] The group released The Great Milenko in 1997, but were notified that Hollywood Records had deleted the album within hours of its release, despite having sold 18,000 copies and reaching number 63 on the Billboard 200.[9][10][11] The removal caused a public controversy, creating major mainstream coverage of the group and their Psychopathic label.[9][12]

In 1997, the label signed Myzery, former members of the House of Krazees Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric, and in 1998 they signed Blaze Ya Dead Homie.[13] Taking the name of Twiztid, Spaniolo and Methric created the identities of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child, and released their first album, Mostasteless, that year.[13] Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Myzery, and Blaze also formed the supergroup Psychopathic Rydas, and created Joe & Joey Records to release the group's albums to avoid any lawsuits.[14] Myzery soon left the label after releasing the EP Para La Isla.[13]

Later that year, Island Records bought the rights of The Great Milenko from Hollywood Records, and signed Insane Clown Posse and Twiztid to their label.[15] Island also helped Psychopathic Records expand into the movie business by funding Insane Clown Posse US$250,000 to begin work on a full-length movie, Big Money Hustlas, written by Violent J.[16] The film was released through Island Def Jam Music Group, Psychopathic Video, and Non-Homogenized Productions on July 18, 2000. In 2001 they were the first record label/music group to do a tour showing their own movie in concert venues across the US.

Following their success in WWF, WCW, and ECW, Insane Clown Posse founded the professional wrestling promotion Juggalo Championship Wrestling in 1999 and created the Psychopathic Sports department. In July 2000, Psychopathic Records staged the first annual Gathering of the Juggalos at the Novi Expo Center in Novi, Michigan. Described by Bruce as a "Juggalo Woodstock", the Gathering of the Juggalos drew over 7,000 people to Novi, Michigan for the 2 day event.[17] Both Insane Clown Posse and Twiztid permanently returned to Psychopathic later that year, and the label soon built its own recording studio, named The Lotus Pod.[17] Twiztid released the album Freek Show, which debuted number 51 on Billboard 200.[18]

Steady production (2001–present)[edit]

In 2001, the supergroup Dark Lotus debuted, consisting of Jamie Madrox, Monoxide Child, Violent J, Shaggy 2 Dope, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, and non-Psychopathic artist Marz.[17] Later that year, Anybody Killa was signed to the label. While also working on his own album, Hatchet Warrior, Killa replaced Marz in Dark Lotus for a short period.[17][19] Detroit rapper Esham , whom Violent J considered to be an influence, also signed with Psychopathic Records for a large contract, and released a greatest hits album, Acid Rain, the following year.[20]

Jumpsteady released his debut EP Chaos Theory in 2002. At that year's Gathering of the Juggalos, rapper V-Sinizter won an MC Contest and was awarded a one-year contract with Psychopathic Records.[21] On November 5, Insane Clown Posse released their sixth Joker's Card, The Wraith: Shangri-La, which debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200.[20][22] V-Sinizter released Hunting Season in 2003, but was soon released by the label due to minimal sale.[21]

Ax & Smash Records (2002 - 2004)[edit]

Later that year, alternative rock group Zug Izland was signed and quickly released Cracked Tiles on January 28, 2003. They released their last album on the label titled 3:33 on June 1, 2004. The label closed after Zug Izland left.

Continued Releases (2005 - 2007)[edit]

After releasing Master of the Flying Guillotine in 2005, Jumpsteady retired from music to become an EMT in the metro Detroit area.[23]

That summer, the two supergroups Soopa Villainz and Drive-By were created. The first, consisting of Mr. Diamond (Violent J), Mr. Club (Shaggy 2 Dope), Mr. Spade (Esham), and Mr. Heart (Lavel), released Furious in August. The latter, consisting of Blaze and Anybody Killa, released Pony Down (Prelude) in October. Although Esham had achieved his highest level of success at Psychopathic, he left the label that month to reform his own label, Reel Life Productions, and the group Soopa Villainz was disbanded. Anybody Killa left the following February.[24] Later that year, Psychopathic Records and hip hop group D12, representing Eminem, ended their rivalry by holding a bowling match.[25]

In April, Axe Murder Boyz won a single album contract with Psychopathic Records and released Blood In, Blood Out before being released from the label. That June, Alex Abbiss announced his retirement. Long time body guard and friend of Insane Clown Posse William Dail, referred to as Billy Bill, was named new President and CEO of Psychopathic Records.[26] Later that month, the label launched its own internet radio station called WFuckOff Radio.[1][27][28] Boondox signed with the label at that year's Gathering of the Juggalos, becoming the first southern rapper on the label. Boondox was a psychopathic records favorite in the Underground Psychos contest who was voted out by the jugglaos in the second round. His named in the contest was "turn coat dirty".

Hatchet House (2007 - present)[edit]

In 2007, the third former member of "House of Krazees" The R.O.C. signed with newly created Psychopathic sub-label, Hatchet House.[29]

Continued signings to PSY and HH (2008 - 2012)[edit]

In 2008, Anybody Killa re-signed with Psychopathic.[30] That May, the label hosted the first annual "Hatchet Attacks".[31] Axe Murder Boyz signed with Hatchet House on August 22.[32] At the 2008 Gathering of the Juggalos a documentary on Juggalos, entitled A Family Underground, was filmed and was released on May 12, 2009.[33]

On February 17, 2010, Psychopathic Records signed a contract with Universal Music Group's Fontana Distribution.[34] During this period, the label was nominated for Outstanding Local Record Label by Detroit Music Awards.[35] In Blaze's Gang Rags album The Dayton Family was shown to appear courtesy of Hatchet House.

Vanilla Ice and Cold 187um signed with Psychopathic Records in 2011.[36][37]

On January 3, 2012, WFuckOff Radio was rebranded as Psychopathic Radio.[38] During the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos, it was announced that both former acts Zug Izland & Jumpsteady have returned to Psychopathic Records. Boondox and Twiztid left the label. The December 21, 2012 issue of Hatchet Herald indicates that two new artists will issue albums on the label in 2013.

Future Endeavors (2013 - 2014)[edit]

On February 4, 2013, it was revealed that one of the new artists was Legz Diamond. An entire issue of Hatchet Herald was devoted to the guitarist, discussing his Psychopathic debut album, 9 Pistolas.[39] In March, Violent J commented on Twiztid's departure revealing that there was no animosity between Twiztid and Psychopathic, and speculated that Blaze Ya Dead Homie had also left the label, but that Twiztid and Blaze were still a part of Dark Lotus and Psychopathic Rydas.[40] Blaze later spoke openly about the subject during a concert, stating that he had not departed from Psychopathic.[41] Insane Clown Posse publicly apologized to Blaze via Twitter for the misunderstanding.[42][43]

Doe Dubbla, a rapper from Detroit, officially signed to Psychopathic in June 2013, under the alias Big Hoodoo. In July, Psychopathic released Big Hoodoo's debut, Crystal Skull, Cold 187 um departed from the label[44] At the 2013 Gathering of the Juggalos, it was confirmed that Axe Murder Boyz and Boondox are returning to Psychopathic, while Blaze Ya Dead Homie ended up leaving Psychopathic Records.

A former employee is suing the label for sexual harassment.[45]

In early February 2014 Faygoluvers.net conducted an interview with Insane Clown Posse, and they said that they hope they will work with some artists that they have been wanting to work with for a while. Also they were asked if they were going to do the second leg of The Mighty Death Pop! Tour, and they said that they will go on tour in 2014 but it won't be called The Mighty Death Pop! Tour. During an interview in March 2014 DJ Paul of Da Mafia 6ix announced that they will be doing a collaboration album with Insane Clown Posse, and will tour to promote the album. In June 2014 Psychopathic Records announced that Insane Clown Posse and Da Mafia 6ix were working on a collaboration album, and Insane Clown Posse posted pictures on their official instagram page of them and Da Mafia 6ix sitting around in Violent J's home studio. The album is scheduled to be released sometime in August 2014. A few days after Faygoluvers.net conducted the interview with Insane Clown Posse, Psychopathic Records, Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid and Blaze Ya Dead Homie released a picture of the Dark Lotus hand sign stating that all original members (Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid & Blaze Ya Dead Homie) were going to be back in the studio recording a new studio album on all their media outlets. Under the hand sign were Roman numerals translating to (7-29-2014). The album will initially be released at the 2014 GOTJ (7/23/2014 - 7/27/2014). In June 2014 Insane Clown Posse announced that they will be releasing their first box set The First Six with all first six Joker Cards (Carnival of Carnage, Ringmaster, Riddle Box, The Great Milenko, The Amazing Jeckel Brothers, The Wraith: Shangri-La/The Wraith: Hell's Pit), along with a certification of authenticity signed by Violent J & Shaggy 2 Dope, 6 tarot cards, and an 8-song EP of all new music titled House of Wax, that will be released on October 28, 2014. In a July 6, 2014 interview Faygoluvers.net conducted with Jumpsteady, he stated that Psychopathic is currently working with some new supergroups. At the 2014 GOTJ during Anybody Killa's seminar, it was announced that he and Big Hoodoo have created a new group called The Have Nots.[46] Insane Clown Posse have composed a group with Da Mafia 6ix called The Killjoy Club, and will be releasing their debut album titled Reindeer Games on September 2, 2014. ICP, DM6, Madchild, Jelly Roll and Mushroom Head plus others are to go on tour possibly titled "ShockFest" which will run from September 18, 2014 - October 31, 2014. ICP finally announced that they will release a Psypher featuring artists that are not signed to Psychopathic Records sometime before Hallowicked, including Madchild. Also announced Otis of AMB and DJ Paul will both release solo albums on Psychopathic records in 2015. On August 5, 2014 ICP released a promo flyer for their upcoming tour titled "ShockFest" with Da Mafia 6ix, Mushroomhead, Madchild and Jelly Roll from September 30, 2014 through October 31, 2014. The tour was originally scheduled to be a 45-date tour, and scheduled to kick off on September 18, 2014, but due to Madchild performing in Australia with his group Swollen Members for a mini tour until September 27, 2014, the tour will now kick off on September 30, 2014 Columbus, Ohio, and will conclude on ICP's 21st annual Hallowicked concert on October 31, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan. Psychopathic Records released a video promo for "ShockFest" in early August 2014. The tour is now scheduled to run from September 25, 2014, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and will conclude on October 31, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan. In the booklet released with the Reindeer Games album were four flyers in promotion of new albums. The first was for Insane Clown Posse, it said that the 3rd Joker Card in the 2nd Deck will be released "sooner than you think". The second was for Otis, it said that his debut solo album on Psychopathic will be titled Slaughter and it said that it too will be released "soon". The third was for DJ Paul, it said that his debut solo album on Psychopathic will be titled Master Of Evil and it said that it too will be released "soon". The fourth was for Da Mafia 6ix, it was for their upcoming album titled "Watch What U Wish" which will be released on October 31, 2014, not on Psychopathic Records. In early October 2014 it was announced that "Watch What U Wish" will be pushed back to a 2015 release creating speculation that Psychopathic will release the album. Instead DM6 will release a mixxtape titled Hear Some Evil in October 2014. The First Six was initially scheduled to be released on October 28, 2014, but after a minor setback it is now scheduled to be released on November 25, 2014. At the 2014 20th Hallowicked Anniversary, ICP revealed the 3rd Joker Card in the 2nd Deck which is broken up in to two parts, The Missing Link: Lost which will be released on Violent J's 43rd bday, April 28, 2015, and The Missing Link: Found will be released July 28, 2014. On December 6, 2014, at the show in Topeka, Kansas, Tha Hav Knots a group composed of Anybody Killa and Big Hoodoo released their first-ever debut track titled "Happy Wicked Holiday", a Christmas-themed single. During ABK's set during the tour they opened with their first official song titled "Don't Stop", no studio version of the song has been released, and ended with "Happy Wicked Holiday".

Continued Releases and Other happenings (2015 - present)[edit]

Psychopathic Records artist Boondox will be going on tour with Majik Ninja Entertainment artist Blaze Ya Dead Homie on MNE's first tour and the first "Psychopathic/Majik Ninja Entertainmen Tour" titled "Back From The Dead Tour", which kicks off February 14, 2015 which coincides with Twiztid's "My Bloody Valentine Show". In the booklet for Insane Clown Posse's The Marvelous Missing Link: Lost it was announced that Otis's debut solo album titled Slaughter will be released September 1, 2015. The second "Psychopathic Records/Majik Ninja Entertainment Tour" will be with Boondox from Psychopathic Records, and former Psychopathic Records artist Blaze Ya Dead Homie from Majik Ninja Entertainment. It will also be Majik Ninja Entertainment's third tour, and their first in Australia. The tour will take place in Australia, will be called The Underground Assault Tour and will feature Australian rapper KidCrusher. The tour will take place June 25, 2015 through June 28, 2015. The third Psychopathic Records/Majik Ninja Entertainment Tour will take place in the fall of 2015 with Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Boondox, Prozak, Wolfpac and Scum, and will be called the Welcome To The Underground Tour. On July 24, 2015, during ICP's GOTJ seminar, it was announced that Boondox had left the label to sign with Majik Ninja Entertainment, which turned out to be a false flag as Boondox had chosen to branch out on his own.

On February 21, 2016, in celebration of the Juggalo Day Show, ICP released the dates for their 20th Anniversary: Riddle Box Tour. The tour was scheduled to kick off on May 5, 2016 and was slated to conclude on June 18, 2016. On April 8, 2016 ICP released their tour dates for their Canada tour. The tour was scheduled to kick off on June 25, 2016 and to conclude on July 17, 2016, just in time for the GOTJ, which was to start on July 20, 2016. In an early April 2016 Faygoluvers.net interview with Violent J, J said that the possible acts being talked about for Riddle Box Tour are: Esham, Project Born, The Dayton Family, and Young Wicked. Also stated was that he and Shaggy are working on their solo albums. In the same interview it was announced that Young Wicked has a new project revolving around him coming out soon. On April 25, 2016 via Twitter, Young Wicked announced that he is on the 20th Anniversary: Riddle Box Tour. It was also announced via The 17th annual Gathering of the Juggalos infomercial that the label has a new artist that they will be announcing at Gathering 17 along with a new six-song EP from this new "discovery" that will be available at the event. Also it was stated that many people will find out what group they used to rap with and who they used to go by. ICP will go on their first Canadian Tour for the first time in 13 years. The tour is scheduled to kick off on June 24, 2016 at the Canadian Rockfest, and concluded on July 17, 2016. During Insane Clown Posse's GOTJ 2016 seminar it was announced that Shaggy 2 Dope will make his wrestling return on August 2, 2016 at the Pro Wrestling Syndicate show in New Jersey. Also announced was that work on the third film in the Big Money film series titled Big Money Thru$ta$ had begun, and with no definite release date, Violent J said "maybe in the next 2 years". It was also stated that a new The Killjoy Club album may be out in November 2016. With Juicy J reuniting with DJ Paul and Crunchy Black to reform Three 6 Mafia it is unknown if he will join The Killjoy Club. The second leg of Insane Clown Posse's "20th Anniversary: Riddle Box Tour" will feature sets from Anybody Killa, Big Hoodoo and Blahzay Roze. "Juggalo Day Show 2017" will take place in Florida and will feature sets from Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie and Dark Lotus will perform the Tales from the Lotus Pod album in its entirety. The "Canadian Juggalo Day Show 2017" will take place on March 17, 2017 and will feature performances from the entire Psychopathic Records roster as well as performances from Twiztid and Blaze Ya Dead Homie. Also it was announced that the 2017 Gathering of the Juggalos will take place in Denver, Colorado, and there is a possibility of a Soopa Villainz reunion.[47] Also a documentary on former Insane Clown Posse member and Shaggy 2 Dope's older brother John Kickjazz, and another documentary on Axe Murder Boyz member Young Wicked will be out in 2017. Shaggy 2 Dope's upcoming album F.T.F.O.M.F. is now scheduled to be released in 2017. Finally it was announced that on September 17, 2017 there will be a "Juggalo March On Washington" in Washington DC and will be a 2-day event which will begin at Lincoln Memorial and will end at Washington Monument with speeches. The only confirmed artists so far is the roster from Psychopathic Records; however, any artists that has performed at the Gathering or is associated with the juggalos or whomever truly supports the family, should attend as well to support the movement.[48][49] In the November 17, 2016 edition of the hatchet herald it was announced that Psychopathic Records new in-house engineer is Native World Inc.'s own artist Str8Jaket, and he is currently working with the new artist on the label.

Artists[edit]

Current[edit]

Artist Year signed Description
Insane Clown Posse 1991–present Composed of members Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, the two are co-founders and owners of Psychopathic Records. Then known as Inner City Posse, the group released the label's first album, Dog Beats, in 1991. The duo has earned two platinum and three gold albums along with 2 platinum movies and a gold movie, and has sold over 6.5 million units in the United States and Canada as of April 2007.[50][51] Both members also occasionally act as solo artists and have released their own solo albums. Violent J has released 3 while Shaggy 2 Dope has released 2. Violent J has released 2 on Psychopathic, and Shaggy 2 Dope has released both of his on Psychopathic as well.
Mike E. Clark 1993 - 2002;
2013 - present
Sometimes known as the 3rd member of ICP. Produced almost every album on Psychopathic Records from 1992-2002. He left the label and signed with Strange Music as a part of a group called "Project Deadman". He would make his long-awaited return to the Hatchet in 2006, first producing Shaggy 2 Dope's F.T.F.O. album and later Insane Clown Posse's Tempest. He wouldn't work directly with the group until the making of Bang! Pow! Boom! He released two mixtapes on the label and is currently preparing his next album to be released on Psychopathic Records, likely in 2014.
Jumpsteady 1995 - 2005;
2012 - present
Brother of Violent J, Jumpsteady was initially a don of Psychopathic Records. He was set to release his first album in 1997 but it got pushed back. In 2002, he went and released his first album there. Originally, he planned on retiring from music altogether after 2005. After going on for the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos and performing for Smothered, Covered & Chunked, Jumpsteady returned to the label.[52] Jumpsteady would join the group Legz Diamond & The Purple Gang, with guitarist/singer Legz Diamond and his brother Violent J's wife Sugar Slam. Their debut album "9 Pistolas", was released March 19, 2013. At the GOTJ 2013, Jumpsteady said he would like to have his next album out by the 2014 GOTJ. On October 11, 2013 Jumpsteady released a spoken-word CD titled The Road And Other True Stories.
Dark Lotus 1998–present Former label-mates Insane Clown Posse and Twiztid formed the supergroup Dark Lotus in 1998 and released the single "Echo Side," which was later included on Insane Clown Posse's album The Amazing Jeckel Brothers.[19] The group went through several changes in their lineup since the 2001 release of their debut album Tales from the Lotus Pod before ultimately deciding on members Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, and Blaze Ya Dead Homie.[19]
Anybody Killa 2001 - 2006;
2007 - present
Originally serving as a hype man for Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Anybody Killa released his debut album Hatchet Warrior in 2003.[53] After leaving Psychopathic Records in 2006, he returned to the label the following year.[53] Killa's lyrical content draws heavily from his Native American heritage.[53]
Zug Izland 2002 - 2004;
2012 - present
Formed by Violent J and producer Mike Puwal, Zug Izland released their debut album Cracked Tiles in 2003. After releasing 3:33 under subsidiary Ax & Smash Records and leaving Psychopathic Records altogether in 2004,[54] the band returned to the label in 2012.[55] In early 2016 Zug Izland announced that they are launching their new label, and plan to release Promised Land after having to produce the album out of pocket.
Axe Murder Boyz 2005 - 2006;
2013 - present
Won a one-year deal with the label, and was later moved to subsidiary label Hatchet House.[56] They would later release an album and EP on Hatchet House before departing in late 2010. They would return to the label in 2013, with it being officially announced at the 2013 Gathering of the Juggalos and release their first album on the label since 2006, titled The Garcia Brothers on March 25, 2014. Otis (half of AMB) will release his debut solo album on Psychopathic titled "Slaughter" in 2015.
Vanilla Ice 2011–present Vanilla Ice saw popular success throughout the late eighties and early nineties.[57] A self-proclaimed Juggalo, he has performed at numerous Gathering of the Juggalos events since falling from mainstream attention.[58] Ice was signed to the label in 2011 after gaining a loyal following with the fanbase.[36]
DJ Clay 2012–present DJ Clay signed to Psychopathic sub label Hatchet House in 2007, made official at 2007 GOTJ. He released 6 mixxtapes on Hatchet House. He would sign to Psychopathic in late 2012 and would release his first mixxtape on as a legit Psychopathic artist titled "A World Upside Down: The Mixxtape". He would later go on to join the group Zug Izland.
Legz Diamond 2012–present A partner of the Insane Clown Posse ever since the Riddle Box, Legz Diamond has performed for the group with skits, guitars, vocals, and even live action openings. They talked about his album being promoted in one of ICPS album booklets back in 1996 and nothing ever came of it. He was officially signed with the label in 2013, and his debut album 9 Pistolas was released March 19, 2013.
Big Hoodoo 2012–present Doe Dubbla was a partner of Psychopathic Records since 2010 on Hatchet Radio. Announced in 2013 that there will be a new entity, 2 years in the making. In 2013, Doe Dubbla officially signed to Psychopathic Records under the alias of Big Hoodoo, and his debut album Crystal Skull was released July 2, 2013.
The Killjoy Club 2013–present A new supergroup on Psychopathic Records composed of Insane Clown Posse and Da Mafia 6ix, according to a recent interview with DJ Paul the group was formed in mid to late 2013 after Violent J and Shaggy approached DJ Paul and DM6 about forming a group, it was announced during Insane Clown Posse's 2014 GOTJ seminar that they are signed to the label and will release their debut album entitled Reindeer Games September 2, 2014.[59]
DJ Paul 2013–present Founding member of Three 6 Mafia and member of Da Mafia 6ix. A former member of Tear Da Club Up Thugs. It was announced at the end of the PSYR17 sampler CD given away at the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos that DJ Paul has joined the label and plans to release a solo album sometime in 2015. His debut solo album on Psychopathic will be titled Master Of Evil.
Tha Hav Knots 2014–present During Anybody Killa's 2014 Gathering seminar it was announced that he and Big Hoodoo have created a new group[46] on Psychopathic Records, and will probably release their debut CD sometime in 2015. During the "The Family Fun Time Tour" THK released their first song as a Xmas single, "Happy Wicked Holiday". During Anybody Killa's 2015 Gathering of the Juggalos seminar it was announced that Axe Murder Boyz member Bonez Dubb is the third member of Tha Hav Knots.
Sugar Slam 2015–present It was announced in the February 6th, 2016 Hatchet Herald that Sugar Slam would be dropping a solo album on Psychopathic Records produced by Violent J and Otis/Young Wicked coming soon in 2016.
Blahzay Roze 2016–present Announced in Gathering of the Juggalos infomercial in May 2016 the label plans to release the name of their "new discovery" at The 17th Annual Gathering Of The Juggalos in video form and a new 6-song EP titled Broken and the first music video is titled "Broken". It has now been confirmed the new artist goes by the name Blahzay Roze.
New Artist 2016 In the September 3, 2016 edition of the Hatchet Herald it was announced that Psychopathic Records will be debuting new artists soon.[60]

Former[edit]

Artist Year signed Albums Released Description
Project Born 1994 - 1995 1 Project Born signed to Psychopathic in 1994 off the strength of a demo album. Impressed with the demo, ICP and Psychopathic decided to release it as was. Unfortunately, the demo recording was lost, leading to Project Born having to record a new album, which according to Violent J, was inferior to the original. They named it the Born Dead EP and released it in 1995. After the release of Born Dead, Project Born was released from Psychopathic due to minimal sales. Since then they still play at the gatherings and have released Born Dead 2, which features ICP on the song "Fuck Wit Me".
Myzery 1997 - 1999 1 Myzery is the brother-in-law of Jumpsteady, Myzery signed to Psychopathic in 1997, and released the Para la Isla EP in 1998. After getting into feuds with other label mates, and seeing low sales of his EP, Myzery departed Psychopathic. Since then he and Psychopathic Records have had a love-hate relationship. He was on Jumpsteady's album, Masters of the Flying Guillotine, in 2005. However, from 2003-2005, he was banned from entering the Gatherings. He then performed at GOTJ 2011 and was on the latest DJ Clay mixtape in 2013, A World Upside Down: The Mixxtape on the song "Don't Push Me". He also made a song with Violent J for his latest album, Demon/Angel, called "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", which marked the first time they had collaborated since 1999.
V-Sinizter 2002 - 2003 1 V-Sinizter won a one-year deal with Psychopathic Records in 2002. He released his debut Psychopathic album, the Hunting Season EP, in 2003. After its release and low sales, V-Sinizter was released from Psychopathic. He went on to sign to Area 51 records, making a few more albums.
Esham 2002 - 2005 3 Esham signed to Psychopathic in 2002 while his brother and co-owner of his record label was in jail. He released three albums on Psychopathic, and saw his highest point of success. After a fight between label mates and the release of his brother, Esham left Psychopathic Records. He has since done a few songs with Psychopathic Records including with ICP, DJ Clay, and Mike E. Clark. He has released none since 2009, after he left ICP and Psychopathic Records. Esham performed with ICP at the "Ringmaster" Juggalo Day Show on February 20, 2016. In an April 8, 2016 faygoluvers.net interview withViolent J, it was said that ICP and Esham had patched things up, and that Esham will produce some ICP projects. Announced in the 2016 GOTJ promo video, it was announced that Esham will perform at the 2016 Gathering of the Juggalos.
Soopa Villainz 2002 - 2005 1 Soopa Villainz is composed of Insane Clown Posse (Mr. Club and Mr. Diamond), Esham (Mr. Spade), and Lavel (Mr. Heart). The group released their only studio album, Furious, in 2005. After a fight between label mates, Esham and Lavel left the group and Psychopathic Records. After the group disbanded, members Esham and Lavel released a second album live on Esham's web podcast, called It Aint Safe No More.
Drive-By 2001 - 2006;
2007 - 2012
2 Composed of Anybody Killa and Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Drive-By signed to Psychopathic Records in early 2005. They released their debut CD, the Ponydown EP, in October 2005. The group disbanded after ABK left Psychopathic in 2006. Drive-By re-released Ponydownthe (prelude) EP in July 2008, after ABK returned to the label. After Blaze left Psychopathic the future of Drive-By on Psychopathic seemed unsure. Drive-By is officially off Psychopathic as of Blaze's departure, and ABK is forming a new group on the label.
MC Breed 2004 - 2008 1 MC Breed signed to Psychopathic Records sub-label Urban Music Zone in 2004. He released The New Prescription on August 24, 2004. After UMZ closed in 2005, Breed moved over to Psychopathic Records, where he stayed until his death on November 22, 2008, while he was working on a new album.
Zodiac MPrint 2007 - 2009 0 Zodiac MPrint is a duo consistting of Blaze Ya Dead Homie and The R.O.C.. The group released one unofficial song on Clockwork Gray ("I'll Connect") and one official song ("E.O.D. – Evolve Or Die"). The group was scheduled to release an album (Horrorscope), but released the song ("Shake") before The R.O.C. retired from rapping in 2009. The group reformed in 2012, which was officially announced at the GOTJ 2012. Currently signed to Majik Ninja Entertainment, the duo released the Ride The Stars EP in 2016.
Twiztid 1997 - 2012 23 When House of Krazees members Mr. Bones and Hektic left HOK in 1997 they recorded a demo album, and sent it to Psychopathic. Violent J was so impressed with the group that he asked them to sign to Psychopathic. They did, and together they came up with a name they felt fit the group, "Twiztid". They left in 2012, forming Majik Ninja Entertainment in 2014.
Cold 187um 2011 - 2013 1 He joined ICP and Twiztid on the "American Psycho Tour" from September 2011 to October 2011, and recorded a song with the four, titled "Where Do We Go From Here?" He officially signed to Psychopathic in December 2011. Cold 187um released only one album, The Only Solution, on October 22, 2012, which coincided with Twiztid's Abominationz album. He left Psychopathic in July 2013 due to the poor reception of the album by fans.
Blaze Ya Dead Homie 1998 - 2013 8 Blaze Ya Dead Homie signed with Psychopathic in 1999. He released his debut self-titled EP on Psychopathic in 2000. He released four studio albums, two EPs and a re-release of 1 Less G n Da Hood. He left Psychopathic in early to mid-2013 and signed with Majik Ninja Entertainment in 2014.
Boondox 2005 - 2012;
2013 - 2015
5 After selling his cassettes at an Insane Clown Posse concert, Boondox was contacted by group member Violent J and signed to Psychopathic Records in 2006, becoming the first Southern hip hop performer on the label.[61] He released three studio albums and one EP on Psychopathic before leaving in 2012 due to a prescription pill addiction. He returned to the label in 2013, which was officially announced at the 2013 Gathering of the Juggalos, and released his first album in four years, Abaddon, on May 13, 2014. It was thought that he left Psychopathic Records in 2015 and signed with Majik Ninja Entertainment.
Boondox & Crucifix 2014 - 2015 0 During Boondox's 2014 GOTJ seminar it was announced that Boondox and Crucifix were teaming up to form a new duo on Psychopathic, and their debut album should be released sometime in 2015. When Boondox left Psychopathic Records in 2015, it disbanded the group from the label.

Producers[edit]

Producer Years Description
Mike E. Clark 1991 - 2000; 2005 - present Brought in to produce ICP during Carnival of Carnage, MEC remained on the label producing every album, and four songs for Dark Lotus' debut album, Tales From The Lotus Pod, before having a falling out with ICP. MEC returned in 2005 and produced some of Shaggy 2 Dope's solo album, F.T.F.O., released on February 21, 2006. He also produced ICP's album The Tempest, before working directly with the group in 2008 on the 1st Joker Card in the 2nd Deck, Bang! Pow! Boom!, which was released on September 1, 2009. He released two albums, Psychopathic Murder Mix Vol. 1 released on June 23, 2009, and Psychopathic Murder Mix Vol. 2, released on November 9, 2010, both on Psychopathic Records' sub-label, Hatchet House.
Mike P. 2000 - 2005; 2013 - present Originally brought in in 2000 to finish producing Tales From The Lotus Pod, he was then the main producer, producing most albums until he left in 2005. He is also the guitarist for Zig Izland. He returned in 2013 and has become a regular producer at the label.
Brian Kuma 2001 - present Brought in in 2001 to help produce ABK's debut album Hatchet Warrior, he has helped produce many albums on the label since.
Fritz "The Cat" Von Kosky 2001 - present Also brought in, in 2001 he helped produce Hatchet Warrior as well as many albums since then, specifically for Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, and Anybody Killa.
Esham 2002 - 2005 Signed as a solo artist in 2002, he helped produce some albums on the label until he left in 2005.
DJ Clay 2005 - present After catching the attention of Shaggy 2 Dope, he was brought in to help produce Shaggy's solo album F.F.F.O., which was released on February 21, 2006. He signed to Psychopathic Records' sub-label Hatchet House in 2007 and released his first mixtape, and the first in the series, Let Em Bleed: The Mixtape Vol. 1, on February 11, 2008. He has released seven mixtapes on Hatchet House.
Young Wicked 2013 - present One half of Axe Murder Boyz, Young Wicked produced The Garcia Brothers, The Mud, Water, Air & Blood, Reindeer Games, The Marvelous Missing Link: Lost, The Marvelous Missing Link: Found, Slaughter, and the Broken EP.
Str8Jaket 2016 - present An artist on ABK's label Native World Inc., it was announced on November 17, 2016 that he was the new Psychopathic Records in-house engineer. It was also announced that he was working with the new artists on the label.

Subsidiaries[edit]

Hatchet Gear[edit]

Psychopathic Records began distribution of merchandise in 1994 by selling T-shirts. After several comic books drawn by Joseph Utlser sold quickly in 1994, the label also started manufacturing collectibles.[2] Psychopathic later created a separate department for their merchandising and called their line Hatchet Gear, named after the label's Hatchetman logo which more closely resembles a traditional meat cleaver. Hatchetgear currently sells everything from T-shirts, jerseys, and hoodies to "energy drinks, action figures, ski masks, liquor flasks, jewelry, and sneakers."[1][2] The range and marketability of their merchandise has become an aspect of the company.[2]

Psychopathic Video[edit]

Psychopathic Video has released 6 professional wrestling videos, 5 concert films, 5 documentaries, 1 mockumentary, 1 mini-movie, 1 collection of music videos, and 2 feature films.[62][63][64][65][66][67][68] On August 31, 2004, Psychopathic Video made world history when it released the mini-movie Bowling Balls with Insane Clown Posse's album Hell's Pit.[69] The video was the first ever 3-D film shot in high-definition.[69]

Psychopathic Sports[edit]

Psychopathic Sports was launched in 1997 when Insane Clown Posse released a VHS entitled ICP's Strangle-Mania, which featured a compilation of professional wrestling death matches from the Outrageously Violent Wrestling from Japan video collection, overdubbed with their own humorous commentary.[70] It hosted two Strangle-Mania Live wrestling events in 1997 and 1998.[71] With Juggalo Championship Wrestling's inception in 1999, Psychopathic Sports turned its full focus to the promotion. In 2007, it started the SlamTV! internet wrestling show, as well as the SlamTV! Express mini-show in 2010.[72] Psychopathic Sports also promoted the debut house show for TNA Wrestling on March 17, 2006 in Plymouth, Michigan.

The department expanded in January 2010, announcing that it had bought a warehouse to run operations in Novi, Michigan and had hired full-time workers.[73] They also announced plans to run Juggalo Championship Wrestling full-time starting November of that year.[74] The promotion will hold tapings of SlamTV! every other week, as well as run one additional show a month, at the Juggalo Arena.[73] All shows will be taped and released on DVD, and a clothing line is set to be created.[73]

Annual events[edit]

Psychopathic Records holds several annual events throughout the year that feature performances by the entire label, sometimes referred to as the Psychopathic Family or Hatchet Family. In 2008, the label hosted the first "Hatchet Attacks," which occurs in the first half of each year and features performances by the entire label and JCW wrestling.[75] Since 2000, it has been hosting the Gathering of the Juggalos, an event that spans four days throughout August.[17] It features over 100 bands, professional wrestling, and various party activities. Within the week of Christmas, Psychopathic hosts "Big Ballas X-Mas Party." Along with JCW wrestling and guest performers, the final act consists of the entire Psychopathic label performing together, known specifically as the Deadly Medley.[76]

Written Works[edit]

Psychopathic Psyphers[edit]

Psypher 1[edit]

The first Psychopathic Psypher was released in 2011 and featured Violent J, Jamie Madrox, Anybody Killa and Bootleg, with music by DJ Clay.

Psypher 2[edit]

The second Psychopathic Psypher was released a few months later in 2011 and featured Shaggy 2 Dope, Monoxide Child, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Boondox and Shoestring, with music by DJ Clay.

Psypher 3[edit]

The third Psychopathic Psypher was released in early 2012 and featured Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Drive-By and Cold 187um, with music by DJ Clay.

Psypher 4[edit]

The fourth Psychopathic Psypher was released in mid-2012 and featured Insane Clown Posse, House of Krazees, Drive-By, Cold 187um, Legz Diamond and Doe Dubbla (who would later sign to Psychopathic Records as Big Hoodoo), with music by DJ Clay.

Psypher 5[edit]

It was announced during ICP's 2014 GOTJ seminar that they would be doing another Psypher, this time featuring artists who were not on the label. ICP threw out a name to see the fans' response, and it was then confirmed that Swollen Members artist and solo artist Madchild would be featured on the Psypher. ICP said that it should be out sometime before Halloween 2014.

In mid-2015 ICP announced that they would be holding a contest at the 2015 GOTJ and that the top four winners would be featured on the 5th Psypher.

On September 9, 2015, Thomas "Cannibal" Cottingham, the winner of the 2015 GOTJ Psypher Contest, was killed saving a woman and her baby.

In the infomercial for the 2016 Gathering of the Juggalos it was announced that the Psychopathic Psypher 5 would be performed live on July 20, 2016 on the Big Top Stage. On September 16, 2016 the video for the Psypher was released with music by Kuma and performances by Big Cook, Mi$ta 420, TZK, Sewerside, Mr. 6ix and Less Legs.[77]

Psypher 6[edit]

On November 17, 2016 it was announced that a new psypher would be out in January 2017, and will be titled If We Were A Gang, to go along with the Juggalo March On Washington which will happen in September 2017. The Psypher was said to feature the Juggalo Family. On Thanksgiving 2016 it was announced that the Psypher will be released on January 1, 2017.

Juggalo Day Shows[edit]

Juggalo Day Show 2013 "Riddle Box"[edit]

During ICP's GOTJ 2012 seminar it was announced that the first Juggalo Day Show would be held on February 17, 2013 at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit, Michigan. The show featured performances by Project Born, Myzery and Insane Clown Posse.

Juggalo Day Show 2014 "The Great Milenko"[edit]

During ICP's 2013 GOTJ seminar it was announced that the upcoming Juggalo Day Show would be "The Great Milenko". The show was held February 17, 2014, at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio. The show featured performances by Downtown Brown, ClaAs, Big Hoodoo and Insane Clown Posse.

Juggalo Day Show 2015 "Take Me Home"[edit]

During ICP's GOTJ 2014 seminar they announced that they would turn "Juggalo Day" into a weekend event. The first night, February 20, 2015, the movies Big Money Hustlas and Big Money Rustlas were slown. The next night, February 21, 2015 the "Take Me Home" show was held at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan. The show featured performances by Trick Trick, Big Hoodoo, Anybody Killa and Insane Clown Posse.

Juggalo Day Show 2016 "Ringmaster"[edit]

During ICP's 2015 GOTJ seminar it was said that they would do the Ringmaster. The places being considered were Worcester, Massachusetts, Dallas, Texas and Detroit, Michigan.

Confirmed during 2015 Hallowicked, it was announced it would be held February 19 and February 20. The 19th would be held at St. Andrews in Detroit, MI, with a full show of JCW and the first ever live concert of The Killjoy Club. The 20th would have Esham returning and the main event of Insane Clown Posse doing a live concert of The Ringmaster from beginning to end. Special guests are said to be announced at insaneclownposse.com.[78] The first night consisted sets from Tha Hav Knots (Anybody Killa, Big Hoodoo, Bonez Dubb), Lil Wyte, Mastamind, DJ Yella, Lil Eazy-E and The Killjoy Club (ICP, DM6, Young Wicked). The second night featured sets from Molly Gruesome, Swag Toof, King 810, Young Wicked, Mushroomhead, Esham, Twiztid (surprise guest) (songs: "2nd Hand Smoke", "Mutant X", "We Don't Die", "Different", and "Rock The Dead"), and Insane Clown Posse with Mike E. Clark on the turntables.

Juggalo Day Show 2017[edit]

During Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Juggalos 2016 seminar it was announced that the 2017 Juggalo Day Show would take place in Florida and will feature performances from Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Twiztid, Insane Clown Posse and Dark Lotus performing their debut album Tales from the Lotus Pod in its entirety. On October 4, 2016 the details for Juggalo Day 2017 were announced. Day 1 will feature JCW and performances from Young Lyte, Lex "The Hex" Master, Anybody Killa, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Shaggy 2 Dope and Twiztid. Day 2 will feature JCW and performances from Sewerside, Blahzay Roze, The R.O.C., G-Mo Skee, Big Hoodoo, Boondox and Dark Lotus.

Canadian Juggalo Day Shows[edit]

Canadian Juggalo Day Show 2017[edit]

During Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Juggalos 2016 seminar it was announced that the first Canadian Juggalo Day Show will be held on March 17, 2017 and will feature performances from the entire Psychopathic Records roster as well as Twiztid and Blaze Ya Dead Homie.

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