Music / Insane Poetry
Insane Poetry was a rap group from the West Coast that pioneered Horrorcore
. Its founder, Cyco, continues to perform under the Insane Poetry name.
Their debut, Grim Reality
, was acclaimed for its approach to the style, which was purely horrorcore in its first half, which focused on horror movie-inspired fantasies, and then switched to a fusion of horrorcore and Political Rap
in the second half, which was largely based around more realistic stories. The group members were Cyco, Shakespeare the One-Man Riot, Em-Dee and DJ Streak.
Insane Poetry has made sporadic appearances over the years. Cyco dropped guest verses for Vanilla Ice
's Hard To Swallow
in 1998 and 2002; in the latter case V-Ice actually Covered Up
Insane Poetry's own song "O.K.S."; Insane Poetry's album Faith in Chaos
contained a version in which Cyco performed both verses, while Ice's Bi-Polar
album featured Ice rapping the first verse. Beginning in 2008, Cyco, the only remaining member of the group, has been teaming up with producer Sutter Kain, who brought a Death Metal
-based sound reminiscent of Necro
- Grim Reality
- Blacc Plague
- Faith in Chaos
- Fallen from Grace
- The Snuff Reels (Cyco solo album with production by Sutter Kain, marketed as an Insane Poetry release)
- Violent Art—the Book of Blood (Cyco solo album with production by Sutter Kain)
Insane Poetry demonstrates the following tropes:
- In Name Only: Insane Poetry has pretty much disbanded, but Cyco continues to put out albums under the group name despite the fact that none of the original members appear.
- Juggalo: Cyco gave Juggalos props in his freestyle for G4's Freestyle 101.
- Political Rap
- Rap Metal: Cyco's solo albums under the name Insane Poetry feature Death Metal samples courtesy of Sutter Kain
- Urban Legends: The "Reality" side of the album Grim Reality contains "One Careless Moment", which is based around the urban legend "AIDS Mary", which claims that a woman went around intentionally having unprotected sex with men and infecting them.