Psychopathic Records

Founded: 1991

Founder: Insane Clown Posse, Alex Abbiss

Location: Farmington Hills, MI

Adress: 32575 Folsom Rd, Farmington
Hills, MI

Distributors:

  • Select-O-Hits
  • 1991 - 1998: Island/Def Jam Music
    Group
  • 1997 - 2000: Red Distribution
  • 2002 - 2009: InGrooves/Fontana
  • 2010 - 2014: Epitaph
  • 2015 - present: InGrooves/Fontana

Website: www.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 . Psychopathic runs its own manufacturing and distribution operations for merchandise,
with nearly 30 full-time employees. In 2009-2010, the label had about $10 million in annual revenue.
The recording studio for the label is called The Lotus Pod .

Establishment (1991– 1994)

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. Taking the advice of Violent J's brother, Jumpsteady , the group
and Abbiss agreed to create their own label. After debating between the names Mad Paperboy
Records and Psychopathic Records, they decided on Psychopathic and the label soon started
operating out of Abbiss's mother's basement. A drawing Joseph Utsler scribbled on a napkin, now
known as the Hatchetman, became the company's logo.

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. Esham and Kid Rock were paid to appear on the debut "Insane
Clown Posse" album to increase the album's marketability. 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. Months before
the release of Carnival of Carnage John Kickjazz left the group. Not wanting to show weakness
early in the game they replaced him with friend and fan Greez-e (Erik Olson). Greez-e's
memberbership was short lived however and after appearing on Beverly Kills 50187 he left the
group. ICP has remained a duo ever since.

Fluctuation and expansion (1994–2000)

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. 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".
The group's debut album, Born Dead, received minimal sales, and they were subsequently dropped
from the label in 1995.

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. 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. 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. The removal caused a
public controversy, creating major mainstream coverage of the group and their Psychopathic label.

In 1997, the label signed Myzery, and former members of the House of Krazees Jamie Spaniolo and
Paul Methric. 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. 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. Myzery soon left the label
after releasing the EP Para La Isla.

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. 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. 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. 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. Twiztid
released the album Freek Show, which debuted number 51 on Billboard 200.

Steady production (2001– 2004)

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. 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. 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.

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. 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. V-Sinizter released
Hunting Season in 2003, but was soon released by the label due to minimal sale.

Ax & Smash Records (2002–2004)

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)

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

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. Later that year, Psychopathic Records
and hip hop group D12, representing Eminem, ended their rivalry by holding a bowling match.

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. Later that month, the label
launched its own internet radio station called WFuckOff Radio. 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 name in the contest was "Turn Coat Dirty".

Hatchet House (2007–present)

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

Continued signings to PSY and HH (2008 - 2012)

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

On February 17, 2010, Psychopathic Records signed a contract with Universal Music Group's
Fontana Distribution. During this period, the label was nominated for Outstanding Local Record
Label by Detroit Music Awards. 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.

On January 3, 2012, WFuckOff Radio was rebranded as Psychopathic Radio. 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)

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.
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. Blaze
later spoke openly about the subject during a concert, stating that he had not departed from
Psychopathic. Insane Clown Posse publicly apologized to Blaze via Twitter for the misunderstanding.

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 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.

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. 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 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 into 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 (2015–2016)

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.

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.

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. In late November 2016 it was said that a new Psychopathic Psypher titled
If We Were A Gang would be released on January 1, 2017 with an accompanying music video. It
was also stated that with the speculation of who is on or not on Psychopathic Records, the Psypher
will feature all artists currently on the label. Also a website for the Juggalo March On Washington will
be up on January 1, 2017. On the December 22, 2016 edition of Psychopathic Radio, Violent J stated
that over 200 acts have been invited to the March. He also stated that on the website you can view
each invite (each invite was created specifically for each individual artist) and if the artist accepts
(a yellow diamond will appear) or if the artist declines (a red x will appear). Violent J also stated that
for each artist that accepts they will be sent an audio clip and will record a 16 bar verse, and then
will record it and shoot a video for their verse, for a special cypher that will be released aside from
If We Were A Gang. On December 31, 2016 at 3:00pm EST it was announced that Young Wicked
of Axe Murder Boyz has left Psychopathic Records and has signed with Majik Ninja Entertainment.

New Roster and Future Plans (2017–present)

On January 1, 2017 it was announced that Lyte formerly known as Young Lyte was the new
artist on the label. Also the same day the free downloadable song "Hurricane Of Diamonds"
featuring Insane Clown Posse, Anybody Killa, DJ Clay, Big Hoodoo, Blahzay Roze and Lyte
was released.

On January 19, 2017 in an intereview with faygoluvers.net, Insane Clown Posse announced that
they are cutting ties with Twiztid and Majik Ninja Entertainment, as they have repeatedly declined
invites to the Juggalo March On Washington, and the alternative to not march, going on a Wizard of
the Hood Tour, which they also declined. Also in doing so, Insane Clown Posse stated that
Psychopathic Records will stop reaching out to Twiztid and Majik Ninja Entertainment for Juggalo
Day and the Gathering of the Juggalos. Also during the interview it was announced that new music
will come from Insane Clown Posse, DJ Clay, Big Hoodoo, Blahzay Roze, Lyte and a new group
that includes Insane Clown Posse, as everyone on the label recently signed a new 3-album deal with
the label.

It was also stated that since the March 2016 interview, a lot more about of the new Joker Card
(4th Card, 2nd Deck), but isn't ready to be revealed yet, but Violent J did state that it will be
released in 2018.

Albums set for a 2017 release is F.T.F.O.M.F. from Shaggy 2 Dope, American Life/Lives from
Violent J, My Life from Blahzay Roze, and the debut album from Lyte, and more to be announced.
On January 26, 2017 the title of Lytes debut album Broke But Shining. On February 20, 2017 the
psypher If We Were A Gang was released and featured Anybody Killa, Lyte, Shaggy 2 Dope,
Big Hoodoo, Blahzay Roze, DJ Clay, Violent J.

On February 26, 2017 it was announced that artist Blahzay Roze has left Psychopathic Records.
On September 6, 2017 at ICP's Surprize Guerrilla Show it was announced that one half of the
underground hip-hop duo "Swag Toof" by the name of Ouija Macc was signed to Psychopathic
Records. On February 25, 2018 Violent J took to Twitter to announce that the Hurricane Of
Diamonds CD would be available during the SlamFest Tour (March 1, 2018 through April 1, 2018)
with Atilla, Sylar, Cage, Lil Toenail, Lyte, Ouija, and would be available in a few weeks (middle
of March 2018) on Psychopaticmerch.com. It was also said that the CD would feature 17 tracks in
total, with songs that had music videos made for them in 2017, also with at least 13 being never
released on CD before, and 3 being brand new, unheard Insane Clown Posse songs.

 

 
 
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