Insane Clown Posse – Basement Cuts (1991)

Way back when ICP stood for Inner City Posse, the group dropped their demo cassette, Bass-Ment Cuts (yeah I know I’ve credited them as Insane Clowns in the post title, but what you gonna do?). Before the group “found” their horrorcore style (read: decided to imitate Esham lol) they had a much more gangsta rap style on the go. All things considered this isn’t a million miles away from Carnival Of Carnage, minus the whole clown vibe, of course.

There is a warmer, more analogue sound here, and some of the scratching on these tracks is fantastic, but I guess it is sampled. Stand out tracks include the intro, as well as “Bitches” and “Insain Like”.

PS – there was a second version of Bass-Ment Cuts, with more tracks, entitled simply Bass-Ment. You can find pics and details about this on Discogs, or in the ICP book Behind The Paint, but I’ve not been able to find any way to hear those tracks, only the ones re-issued by ICP in 2001 of the OG Bass-Ment Cuts appear to be available online.