Psychopathic Records, also known as "The Hatchet", is an American independent record label based in Royal Oak, Michigan that specializes in hip hop music. The label was founded in 1991 by Alex Abbiss and hip hop group Insane Clown Posse.
In addition to producing music, the label has divided into several other departments that deal with video, merchandise, and professional wrestling. Psychopathic runs its own manufacturing and distribution operations for merchandise, managing nearly 30 full-time employees. The label produces an average 10 million US$ in revenue per year, and has been continuously producing well since its creation.
An imprint, Hatchet House, was created to test-run material to see if the Juggalos
liked it enough for the artists to be on the main Psychopathic label. They also have an Internet radio station
, and their own wrestling league, Juggalo Championship Wrestling (formally Juggalo Championshit Wrestling
Current Psychopathic artists:
Current Hatchet House artists:
Former Psychopathic artists:
- MC Breed (originally with the imprint UMZ Entertainment, then moved to the main label after UMZ was abandoned, but died before releasing anything)
- Project Born
- Soopa Villainz
Former Hatchet House artists:
- Axe Murder Boyz (signed for a one-album contract with Psychopathic; moved to the imprint Hatchet House, and eventually left that label)
- Dayton Family
- Motown Rage
- Tali Demon
- Chop Shop
Films released by Psychopathic Records
Psychopathic Records includes examples of these tropes:
- An Axe to Grind
- Circus of Fear
- Evil Sounds Deep: Played straight with the original incarnation of Dark Lotus, where the darkest lyrics were delivered by deep, gravelly voiced rapper Marz. The rest of the label averts it:
- Insane Clown Posse: Shaggy 2 Dope, who has a scratchier, higher voice than Violent J, is usually the one to perform the "evil" parts of any given song. He's also more vicious in their wrestling matches. In fact, the fact that his voice ISN'T a stereotypical deep, booming bass makes him just that bit more intimidating.
- Twiztid: Neither Monoxide nor Madrox has a particularly deep voice.
- ABK, who has a prominent lisp.
- Newest member Big Hutch (a.k.a., Cold 187um) doesn't really have anything that sounds evil either.
- I Love the Dead: This occurs in a lot of songs by Psychopathic artists, including ICP's "Cemetery Girl"
- The Merch: Psychopathic is known for this.
- Monster Clown
- Put on a Bus:
- ABK left after a contractual dispute, but came back a few years later.
- AMB were contracted for only one album, left shortly afterward and were resigned with Hatchet House, but Psychopathic didn't renew their contract after it expired, and they left.
- Boondox left because of personal issues, making the announcement on a fan-run site. Psychopathic left his website for a short period, and even left a blank spot on the Psychopathic homepage after deleting his site.
- Twiztid left in 2012.
- The Stoner: Pot smoking comes up a lot in Psychopathic lyrics.
- Tagline: "The label that runs beneath the streets."
- Vaporware: Nearly every imprint (except for Hatchet House) has been abandoned.
- Twiztid formed an imprint called Majik Records with Tom Dub, intending to focus on new talent that Twiztid discovered. Rumor has it that Tom was trying to start tension between Twiztid and Psychopathic to persuade them to leave Psychopathic. Tom eventually kept the rights to the label name when he left Psychopathic, refusing to give it to Twiztid, so this label was abandoned, and nothing was ever released from it.
- Alex Abbiss formed two new labels to focus on artists that wouldn't necessarily appeal solely to Juggalos. Both were abandoned:
- Ax & Smash Records, a rock label whose only artist was the band Zug Izland, whose contract was transferred from Psychopathic. This label's only release was 3:33.
- UMZ Entertainment, which planned to release more "urban" music, as opposed to Psychopathic's focus on horrorcore. UMZ's only release was MC Breed's The New Prescription.
Dedicated to the Butterfly