FBI Classify Insane Clown Posse Fans As National Gang Threat
Detroit hip-hop duo, Insane Clown Posse, has built a insanely loyal fanbase, who are also referred to as "juggalos."
Hordes of their cult-like following descended on their concerts with paint on their faces like the group ... and cause such an uproar, the FBI has classified ICP's fans as a "gang" worth watching
According to Wired.com, the FBI's 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment division says Juggalos are a "loosely-organized hybrid gang" that are "forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity."
In fact, they are becoming such a threat, the feds list Juggalos in the same conversation as long-established street gangs like the Crips or Bloods, or Hispanic gangs with ties to Mexican drug cartels.
"Although recognized as a gang in only four states,” reports the FBI's National Gang Intelligence Center, "many Juggalos subsets exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence."
Also in the report, ICP rappers, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, are named as the heads of the nefarious Juggalo army.
While other gangs listed in the report are linked to murders, gun running, and drug trafficking, Wired.com says Juggalo gang activity is cited on a notably lower caliber: thefts, hand-to-hand drug sales and felony assaults.
The Insane Clown Posse formed in the early 1990s in Detroit. Following their self-produced Dog Beats EP, they dropped their official debut in 1992, titled Carnival of Carnage, which eventually hit gold sales. Since their start, they've released 10 official albums an LPs and have garnered a massive following around the country and overseas via concerts. Today, their touring and merchandising business earns millions each year.