This weekend saw rap duo Insane Clown Posse host their massive annual festival The Gathering of the Juggalos. But this year’s Gathering also included a bittersweet moment, in which ICP’s own Violent J revealed he’s been suffering from heart failure, and that the band would be embarking on a farewell tour.
“For those of you that haven’t been to my house, the studio is probably 40 yards from my front door,” Violent J told the gathered crowds (as transcribed by Loudwire). “I noticed walking out to the studio every day, by the time I got to the fucking studio, I was winded. Then when I’d walk up to my mailbox, I’d be like, ‘Oh fuck, I’ve got to take a break.’ What the fuck’s the problem?
“We went to the hospital to see what’s going on. They did an ultrasound. The lady who was looking at my heart, we could tell she was tripping about something, but she wasn’t a doctor. The doctors were all tied up upstairs in the hospital, understandably. She told me, ‘They want you to go straight home, get in bed and they’ll call you first thing in the morning.’
“They called before the birds even woke up and fucking told me to go to the hospital. They took me in the back and shit, and basically they just came out and told me I have heart failure. That scared the shit out of me.”
The issues with J’s heart were apparently the reason that the rapper has lost a considerable amount of weight in the recent years. According to J, that means that after the tour, ICP will still play one-off shows, but that the touring life won’t be for them.
“We’re gonna do one more tour next year around the world,” Violent J said. “We’re gonna do the United States, and then we’re gonna go to Europe, Canada and Australia. It’s gonna be a farewell tour. That don’t mean we’re not playing. We’re gonna play every Juggalo weekend, every Hallowicked, every fucking [Big Ballers Christmas Party], every event. We’re gonna do a show somewhere every month — one show a month is our plan…I want to make it clear, making music is not affected in any way, shape or form by anything going on with Shaggy or myself health-wise.”
You can watch the announcement below:
Everyone at The Pit wishes J all the best moving forward, and hopes he stays healthy and happy. Whoop whoop, dogg.
Words by Chris Krovatin