Release Date: Jun 28, 2005
Record label: Sanctuary
Bizarre :: Hannicap CircusSanctuary UrbanAuthor: Steve 'Flash' JuonWhen you're the most recognizable member of a group other than Eminem, it's either a good thing or a bad thing. There's no denying that the aptly named rapper Bizarre has a presence though, whether with his thick tongued violent and sadomasochistic lyrics, or the use of his commanding stature in the D12 family's music videos. In either case the intent seems to be the same - Bizarre is the guy who provides comic relief.
The shower cap-wearing freak from D12 won't change the world with his first proper solo album, but Hannicap Circus is solid, filthy, fun, and everything else that you'd want from a less nimble Kool Keith. Bizarre shares Keith's love of sleaze and weirdness, but Bizarre is more earthbound and ghetto enough that you'd never confuse the two. His trashy attitude makes him more Insane Clown Posse than any other Shadyville artist, but his street clout is real and ICP never had beats so good.
There can't be many employment opportunities open to a self-proclaimed "fat, shower-cap-wearing, nipple-rubbing son of a bitch", so it's lucky for Rufus "Bizarre" Johnson that he grew up in the same Detroit 'hood as one Marshall Mathers. As the most memorable member of Eminem's D12 posse, he dispenses the kind of gleefully icky lyrics that parental advisory stickers warn you about. Liberated from D12's dullards, Bizarre might have made his solo record an intriguingly macabre effort in the "horrorcore" vein of the Geto Boys and Gravediggaz.