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The addition of the first Southern artist, Boondox, to the growing roster of the Insane Clown Posse's Psychopathic Records during the 2000s indicated the label's expansion of its deranged and murderous brand of rap-rock within the indie rap sphere. The divergence from Boondox's Detroit-based labelmates lies in his hillbilly getup -- scarecrow hat, flannel shirt, and country boots -- and the Southern twang of banjos and harmonicas mixed in with his rap beats. Hailing from Covington, GA, although born in Richmond, GA, Boondox played bass guitar in several local rock bands before venturing out as a rapper. Similar to his Psychopathic brethren, he first started getting his music out via underground tapes as a part of the local outfit Southern Hustlas, Inc. Essentially being at the right place at the right time, one of the tapes he was selling at an ICP concert wound up in the hands of ICP themselves. After back-and-forth phone calls with ICP member Violent J, Boondox recorded his first album in Detroit, The Harvest. Released in July 2006, the whole LP was oversaw by Psychopathic's main producer, Mike E. Clark. Soon afterward, Boondox joined labelmate Blaze Ya Dead Homie's Tombstone Terror Tour as a feature act at the end of summer 2006 in order to promote the album.
David Hutto (born September 4, 1985) is an American rapper from Covington, Georgia. Hutto is most commonly known as Boondox, whose stage persona is a 'killer scarecrow', and Turncoat Dirty.Boondox (May 11, 2010). Southern Bled (DVD). Covington, Georgia: Psychopathic Video. |accessdate= requires |url= (help)
Hutto was originally born in Richmond County, Georgia, but grew up in Covington, Georgia. At the age of two, his uncle tried to kill him by drowning him in a swimming pool. Hutto was not popular at his school, frequently got into fights, and experimented with drug use. He listened to heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Sepultura, and he played bass guitar in several local metal bands before being a member of "Southern Hustlas Inc." and seeking a solo career as a rapper under the name "Turncoat Dirty".
Hutto caught the attention of Insane Clown Posse while selling his cassettes at one of their concerts. Following several phone calls with group member Joseph Bruce, Hutto was signed to Psychopathic Records, making him the first Southern hip hop performer on the label. Bruce and Joseph Utsler helped Hutto create the character Boondox, which took six months to fully develop. Hutto released his first album under the Boondox name, The Harvest, on July 11, 2006. A music video directed by Bruce was filmed for the album's first single, They Pray With Snakes" and Hutto toured with Blaze Ya Dead Homie to promote the album.
In 2007, Hutto released the extended play PunkinHed. It peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and No. 27 on the Top Independent Albums chart. During the same year, he joined Psychopathic Rydas, performing under the name "Yung Dirt". On May 13, 2008, Hutto released his second studio album, Krimson Creek, a more personal work drawing from his past. It peaked No. 1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, No. 13 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and No. 113 on the Billboard 200. Hutto released his third studio album, South of Hell, on May 11, 2010. The album also features a documentary directed by Paul Andreson about Hutto's life and the making of the album titled Southern Bled.
In 2012, Hutto announced that he would be leaving Psychopathic because of personal issues, but is still on good terms with the label. He also plans to release a gangsta rap album independently under the alias Turncoat Dirty, and is currently in the production of a new Boondox album. It was announced on October 3, 2012 on Boondox's official Twitter page that he will continue rapping as Turncoat Dirty, but will be temporarily finished with the Boondox character at the end of 2012.
In February 2013, Hutto announced that he will be releasing another album as Boondox later this year (T.B.A) and is also working on a new The Underground Avengers album (T.B.A). Both Boondox and The Underground Avengers will appear at the GOTJ this year (2013).
It was announced at the Gathering of the Juggalos in 2013 that Boondox is back on the label.
In February 2014, during an interview, Boondox, alongside the other 2 members of The Underground Avengers (Bukshot & ClaAs), was asked about his new album on Psychopathic. He said that it was finished and should be out hopefully around April or May 2014. Another question was asked about a new Avengers album and tour, and all seemed uncertain due to all three of them being busy with their own stuff right now, but it was said that if they do, it would be out in the summer of 2014.
In the March 14, 2014 Hatchet Herald it was announced the new Boondox album is titled "Abaddon" and it will be released on May 13, 2014. No track list has yet to be given, but it is a guess that the album will be the 10 songs he recorded before he left Psychopathic in May 2012, including the songs "Abaddon" and "Monster", and a few new recorded songs. That is still unknown. To promote the album Boondox announced on his official twitter, that he will be going on tour titled "The Wormwood Tour" soon with Aqualeo & Bukshot. On April 18, 2014 the tracklist for Abaddon was released. The album will feature guest appearances from artists such as Big Hoodoo, Violent J, Crucifix, Insane Clown Posse, Jelly Roll, Demi Demaree & Syn. The album does include the 2 songs "Abaddon" and "Monster". During his 2014 GOTJ seminar he announced that he is going to try and do a Turncoat Dirty album, he is doing a project with Crucifix, who was featured on the song "Betrayal" off Boondox's last album Abaddon, and did a single with Boondox and Bukshot titled "Don't Stop", which was a cover of Journey's hit song "Don't Stop Believin'". He also stated that his next album will be the most "wickedest shit he can possible come up with".Cordor, Cyril. "Boondox > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-14. Cite error: The named reference Southern_Bled was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Friedman, David (July 2008). Interview with Boondox. Murder Dog. |accessdate= requires |url= (help) Raftery, Brian (November 29, 2010). "How Two Outcast Rappers Built an Insane Clown Empire". Wired.com. Retrieved 2010-12-01. "The Dirt". Psychopathic Records. Retrieved 2008-07-14. "Charts and awards for PunkinHed". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-20. "Charts and awards for Krimson Creek". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-28. "Boondox Is Bringing South of Hell to the World". The Hatchet Herald, Volume 13, Issue 3. Psychopathic Records. March 30, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-31. Exclusive Boondox Interview - March 13th, 2012 | Faygoluvers http://www.faygoluvers.net/v5/2013/08/news-from-the-insane-clown-posse-seminar http://www.faygoluvers.net/v5/2014/07/boondox-gotj-seminar-news-and-notes-2/
Style and influences
Hutto's music is rooted heavily in Southern hip hop, but also contains elements of country-rap, horrorcore and rap rock. His lyrics also center around Southern culture. Hutto cites Insane Clown Posse as an influence on the horrorcore style of his lyrics.Cite error: The named reference Southern_Bled was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Zahn, James (May 12, 2010). "Review of South of Hell". Kik Axe Music. Retrieved May 21, 2010. Listen to Krimson Creek by Boondox - Album Reviews, Credits, and Awards - AllRovi