Many students of 90s hip hop could tell you about hip hop super group Psycho Realm off the top of their heads. Those same people would probably tell you, that while Psycho Realm lyrics do not epitomize horror rap values, Psycho Realms lyrics had enough influence on Psychopathic Records artists Insane Clown Posse for them to invite their Californian rap pals on tour.
But even though Psycho Realm lyrics to not embody what horror rap is known for, at least as far as Psychopathic Records is concerned, that doesnt mean Psycho Realms couldnt have had another type of impact on horror rap Gods Insane Clown Posse. And to say that Psycho Realm lyrics did have an impact on these legendary horror rappers would be quite the compliment, because Insane Clown Posse even owns their own labelPsychopathic Records–full of other talented horror rap artists. To say they know what theyre doing would be an understatement.
The similarity of Psycho Realm lyrics and Insane Clown Posse lyrics that sticks out the most to me has nothing to do with their content; instead, the delivery of Psycho Realms lyrics and the delivery of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dopes horror rap lyrics are on the same wave length. Both are tight, rhythmic, and dropped with intensity. Listen to Psycho Realms lyrics on “Stone Garden” and compare them to Insane Clown Posses lyrical delivery on “Hokus Pokus” (released on Great Milenko through Psychopathic Records) and youll see what I mean.
So theres the delivery comparison. And while there may be more to discuss in that realm of things, perhaps there is some overlap when it comes to the substance of Psycho Realms lyrics and the meaning of lyrics that come from the mouths of Psychopathic Records artists. Consider this snippet of Psycho Realm lyrics from “Stone Garden”:
Were on our way to the stone garden,
End of the road where everybody goes but not forgotten,
Frames all rotten souls travel to unravel,
Other worlds and big cloud castles
Any Juggalo or Juggalette can note similarities in this song and Psychopathic Records horror rap music, specifically that of ICP, right away. For one, theyre talking about the after life, and we all know how prominent of a theme Hell and Heaven are in Psychopathic Records songs. ICP even has Jokers cards dedicated to them. This theme is not only true for ICP, but for other Psychopathic Records artists too.
Secondly, these Psycho Realm lyrics discuss departing souls. Souls that travel happen to be a lyrical staple for Psychopathic Records artists. I dont know if theres a closer cousin to ICPs horror rap mythology about the Dark Carnival, where souls wait in limbo to find out if theyll be traveling to heaven or hell.