I’ve never been an ICP fan musically speaking; while Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope are amazingly talented as comedians and storytellers, they’re not… great at making music, all in all. Part of that comes down to the fact that their voices aren’t… entirely suited to the act of rapping, and while they can hold their own, they don’t have the kind of technical skill the truly talented rappers in the world have. Part of it comes down to the fact that they tend to try and cover up for this by affecting weird voices for their songs that, in many cases, sound bush league as hell, and considering they’ve been in the business over a decade at this point they should honestly know better. The biggest part, though, is just that they’re very blunt as writers and have little understanding of the concept of metaphor. This can be fine, in small doses, but as someone who cut their teeth on Stabbing Westward, I feel like it’s not unfair to say that when every song you write sounds like it came from a teenager’s composition book, and you’re older than I am, that’s not something that’s going to hold many people’s interest for an extended period of time.
On the other hand, ICP has found a few talented acts to represent, and Twiztid is among the most talented, to the extent that they’ve opted to go out on their own, and might actually have a decent chance of becoming something more than a simple horrorcore band in face paint. Their most recent releases, released independently and under their new label, (sigh) Majik Ninja Entertainment, speak to that; even if you don’t get the whole gimmick, the video above shows two people who make quality work. It’ll be interesting to see where they go with this, if nothing else.