Who was you with when you got tattoos?
Who was you tripping with when you did them mushrooms?
Who the f*ck threw up all over your car?
And then felt worse then you about that shit in the morning? (Friends ya’ll)
Who loans ya money, homie?
Who owes ya cash?
Who taught you how to use the bong for the grass?
I don’t know much but I gotta assume
When ya hit ya first neden, ya homies was in the room
These are the lyrics to “Homies” by ICP. This song has neared anthem status for those within the Juggalo Family, but more importantly, “Homies” by ICP acts as insurmountable evidence that horror rap can bring people together. Many anti-horror rap crusaders out there have long accused horror rap of being an overly violent, misogynistic genre of music that does nothing but turn youth against their parents, or existing fans against the rest of the public.
As “Homies” by ICP lyrics demonstrate above, nothing could be further from the truth.
But its not just songs like “Homies” by ICP that perpetuate the Juggalo family atmosphere among horror rap fans. Its the people and horror raps over-arching message that makes Juggalo and family go together like horror rap and Psychopathic Records.
ICPs Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, unarguably the godfathers of horror rap music, have always viewed themselves, for better or worse, as misfits. They dont fit in with mainstream society, and would have it no other way. This is where horror rap comes in.
Instead of moping about their status or feelings toward the public at large, the guys write songs like “Homies” by ICP to show a welcoming mentality towards other horror rap heads who feel the exact same way they do.
Has this strategy worked? To say the least, yes. Songs like “Homies” by ICP and the bands general attitude towards the Juggalo family have created an artist-fan bond so strong that ICP could retire now and never have to work again if they wanted to.
The scenarios put forth in “Homies” by ICP, as evident in the lyrics to “Homies” by ICP above, are perfect examples of this kind of Juggalo family love. Aside from their shared love of horror rap, those within the Juggalo family are just as strongly connected as stereotypically bonded relationships, like frat brothers or father-son, if not stronger.
Juggalo family members loan each other money, get too drunk, talk about girls (or boys for the Juggalette members of the Juggalo family) , etc.
So next time you think that horror rap only deals with themes of suicide, murder, Satanism, or other non-sense violence, remember “Homies” by ICP and the Juggalo family bonds! It they werent real, the Juggalo family and all other homies of ICP would have long since disbanded.