2023 is already shaping up to be a pretty strange year.
Nothing has been as strange or surprising as Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J collaborating with ex-Megadeth bassist David Ellefson‘s band The Lucid for their new EP Saddle Up and Ride. As though that pairing wasn’t weird enough, the group has now released an absolutely bizarre reimagination of the Faith No More classic “Epic.”
Reimagination is the key word here, as “Sweet Toof’s” lyrics are totally Violent J’s own. J offers up some uh, brilliant, insights in his raps, with lines like, “Everybody skinny wanna be a big kid, Everybody big wanna be a twig, dig.”
Violent J spoke on the collaboration in the EP’s press release, saying,
“Man, quit playin’! It’s been an absolute honor and a privilege working with The Lucid! Being included among such monster-talented and unbelievably cool people has been easily one of the highlights of my career so far. That’s the absolute truth. Listen to it! Who the fuck can deny THE BEASTLY results? We KING KONG ’em!”
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“It has been such a fun, creative, and organic journey getting to this point with THE LUCID. We are all very proud of what we have created together, especially with it being a completely independent endeavor.
“We love the FAITH NO MORE guys and their body of work and knew the perfect way to cap off our EP was doing a re-imagining of ‘Epic’ along with Vinnie and Violent J’s twisted, and wonderful approach.”
All respect to the Insane Clown Posse for owning their means of production from day one, but it’s hard to deny this is a pretty bizarre combination of talents. That said, Ellefson and Violent J seem to like working together, so who knows. Maybe the next ICP record will feature some thrash riffs.
Check out the video below.