Insane Clown Posse

Psychopathic Rydas Dumpin'

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Billing themselves as Psychopathic Rydas, Insane Clown Posse and their protégés Twiztid, Blaze, and Mystery released Dumpin' as a limited edition CD of only 5000 copies that was only available to fans who won a trivia contest. But Dumpin' is something more than a mere collectible. Essentially, it's ICP's response to critics who accuse them of being little more than a minstrel parody of gangsta rap. By intentionally using the exact beats used by some of the biggest gangsta artists of the '90s (such as Ice Cube and Cypress Hill) and writing scathing graphic mockeries of gangsta rhymes (right down to stealing Master P's trademark "Uhhhh!"), ICP try to demonstrate that they're more than a novelty. And, as it turns out, with some of the best beats they've ever used, ICP actually pull off their stint as gangsta rappers. "Back 2 Crack," in particular, is simultaneously tasteless and funny, the tale of a gangsta rapper who is tired of trying to keep up with trends and decides to hit the pipe. Others, such as "Plug Dat Puss," are simply tedious sex rhymes, but the quality of the beats seems to bring out the best in ICP and Twiztid, who contribute some of the most skillful rhyming of their career. Unfortunately, ICP's refusal to get permission to sample the beats means that this will always remain an obscure, underground release, but ICP fans should definitely track it down, as it's arguably the most consistent release of their career.

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