This shouldn't be surprising. He never has. Not since the beginning. Not since he and his "big sister" Meg started playing together all those years ago, way before he was famous. It is kind of why we love him. He has said in interviews that he never thought anyone would like the music he was making, he was doing it because it made him happy. He didn't care when you thought he should be making another White Stripes album instead of working with the Raconteurs or playing drums with the Dead Weather. That worked out OK, right? We love Jack for being unpredictable and always doing the unexpected. You can't hate him for the same reasons you love him.
We should look at it as a good thing that he is still, after all these years, not pandering to anyone and doing exactly what he wants. I'll admit that when I first learned the news that my music hero, Jack White, was producing a single for Insane Clown Posse, I had a mix of emotions. I was confused, shocked and yes, a little disappointed. Jack does a lot of collaborations, but nothing like this. ICP are probably the most absurd, vulgar, raunchy, clown-faced (literally), no-talent rappers I've ever seen (to put it nicely). I have to admit, I haven't even listened to it yet. I can't bring myself to do it. After all, we are talking about ICP. There is pretty much no way I'm going to like it. I think ICP's Violent J said it best himself in an interview with MTV news, "He's one of the most respected musicians today, and we're one of the most non-respected musicians today."
Bottom line is Jack is having fun. Jack knows ICP is not going to be received well by his core fan base and cause an internet uproar. Jack knows a lot of people won't get the joke. I'm sure Jack also knows his collaboration with ICP is not musical gold. Jack is a marketing genius with a sense of humor.
Just like anything else, if you don't like it, don't buy it. I wont be buying it. I am a Jack White fanatic, but that doesn't mean I'll blindly buy anything he puts his name on. Not even if TMR offers limited edition colored vinyl in random mail orders. Tempting, but no.
I say, get over it. Jack is having fun, and doing exactly what he wants to do. That doesn't make him any less of a musician or a producer. He's the same boy we've always known.
If you want to hear the song, even before I do, you can go to the Third Man Records Web site. www.thirdmanrecords.com Be warned, this song is not suitable for work or children or people with ears. Just kidding about that last part.
Now, this promo posted by the TMR folks on YouTube just proves it's all in good fun. Calm yourselves people.
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