BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI ON DECEMBER 30, 2018
For rappers Esham Smith and Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J, touring is like grabbing an old friend and hitting the road.
The two perform at Mesa’s Club Red on Friday, January 11.
“We’ve known each other for 20-something years,” Smith says. “At our show, we’re going to take you back to the sandbox, so to speak. We’re old friends sharing a journey. These shows are like we’re 16 and 17 again.”
Smith is known for his hallucinogenic style of hip-hop that he calls “acid rap.” He released his debut album, Boomin’ Words from Hell, while still in high school in 1989 in Detroit. Since then, he has released more than a dozen albums, classified as horrorcore, rap-rock and rap metal. He co-founded the independent record label Reel Life Productions, and has been cited as an influence on rappers Eminem and Insane Clown Posse.