Juggalos are one of the most misunderstood music subcultures around, but they’re also one of the most connected — that’s why they often refer to themselves as a group overall as “juggalo family.” Most juggalos center their fandom around the Detroit rap duo the Insane Clown Posse, and other similar underground rap music artists.
But if you’re interested in being down with the juggalos, it’s not always easy to find juggalo family. Juggalos are not visible in the mainstream, but they’re everywhere, so there are likely other juggalos in your area. Here are some suggestions for meeting juggalo family.
Find out what record stores in your area stock underground rap music similar to ICP. Record store clerks can be snobby, but if you find someone who’s friendly, ask for suggestions. They may be able to turn you on to local underground rap music groups with a similar sound who may also have juggalos as fans.
If you find some, find out when they are playing and attend these underground rap music shows. If you see juggalo family there, don’t be shy. Juggalos are famously welcoming of each other, and most will be friendly if you approach and introduce yourself.
If that doesn’t work, do research online and look up tour dates for Insane Clown Posse and other underground rap music groups juggalos like. Many of these underground rap music groups tour frequently, so you will likely have luck.
Even if a group isn’t coming to your town in particular, it may be worth going to a show within a few hours’ drive. Likely there will be other underground rap music fans from your area who have made a similar trip. Again, introduce yourself and be friendly!
Then there is always the Internet. Search for underground rap forums that discuss ICP and similar artists, and make a post asking if there are any other juggalos near your town. Also look for local juggalo family groups on various social networking sites.
Facebook and Meetup are among the best for searching for specific geographical areas. Even if you can’t immediately find other juggalos in your specific town, you may find some within a short drive. At the very least you are sure to find potential online friends with whom you can discuss a shared love of similar underground rap music.
Of course, the ultimate place to meet juggalo family from all over the world is the annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival held every summer. You may need to save up and do a lot of planning in advance to attend, but there simply is no bigger gathering of hardcore underground rap music artists and juggalos.