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Insane Clown Posse

November 30th, -0001

Formed:
1990 in Detroit, MI

Genre:
Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s






Insane Clown Posse

Biography

Insane Clown Posse are a cartoonish metal/rap band with a vaunted live show that features open fires, chain saws, liters of soda dousing the audience (Faygo being the group's favorite brand), and more emphasis on performance art than the performance of music. In the world of the late '90s, that was more than enough to get them a recording contract with a major label, though the release of their 1997 album, The Great Milenko, came with a bit of controversy. Now just a duo, ICP were originally formed in 1989 as a hardcore Detroit rap group called Inner City Posse. After combusting in 1991, the only members left, Violent J (born Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (born Joseph Utsler), slightly altered the name to reflect the fact that they had been visited by the Carnival Spirit, who ordered them to carry word of the impending apocalypse by touring the nation and releasing six "joker cards" (popularly known as LPs) with successive revelations of the final judgment. The first, Carnival of Carnage, appeared in 1992 on their own Psychopathic Records label. The group became notorious in Detroit's underground scene, but several tours around the region failed to ignite much more than the rage of area leaders.. Insane Clown Posse are a cartoonish metal/rap band with a vaunted live show that features open fires, chain saws, liters of soda dousing the audience (Faygo being the group's favorite brand), and more emphasis on performance art than the performance of music. In the world of the late '90s, that was more than enough to get them a recording contract with a major label, though the release of their 1997 album, The Great Milenko, came with a bit of controversy. Now just a duo, ICP were originally formed in 1989 as a hardcore Detroit rap group called Inner City Posse. After combusting in 1991, the only members left, Violent J (born Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (born Joseph Utsler), slightly altered the name to reflect the fact that they had been visited by the Carnival Spirit, who ordered them to carry word of the impending apocalypse by touring the nation and releasing six "joker cards" (popularly known as LPs) with successive revelations of the final judgment. The first, Carnival of Carnage, appeared in 1992 on their own Psychopathic Records label. The group became notorious in Detroit's underground scene, but several tours around the region failed to ignite much more than the rage of area leaders.

After the release of 1994's The Ringmaster, ICP began to get a bit of attention as a possible follower of cartoon metal bands like GWAR and Green Jelly. Jive Records signed the group and released The Riddle Box in 1995, but the record bombed and ICP returned to the ranks of the indies. Just one year later, Hollywood Records gambled on the band and spent more than a million dollars while ICP recorded their new album, The Great Milenko. On the day of release in 1997, however, Hollywood pulled the record, citing obscene lyrics and gruesome content — possibly a move by its owner, Disney, to deflect criticism of its practices by the Southern Baptist Federation. In a bizarre twist, yet another major label, Island Records, stepped in to release the album and capitalize on the notoriety ICP had garnered. That notoriety only increased thanks to several incidents that kept them in the headlines: J was arrested after clubbing an audience member with his microphone in late 1997, and shortly thereafter, the group's tour bus ran off the road, leaving J with a concussion. Next, the group and its entourage were involved in a brawl at a Waffle House in Indiana, and both members eventually pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges.

All the chaos took its toll, as J suffered a panic attack in April 1998 while on-stage in Minnesota. However, all of the publicity helped expand the group's cult following to the point where its next album, the 1999 concept record The Amazing Jeckel Brothers, debuted in the Top Five. As evidenced by the numerous different collectible covers for The Amazing Jeckel Brothers, ICP had become a virtual merchandising machine, complete with comic books to flesh out their elaborate Dark Carnival mythology; they also wrote and starred in their own straight-to-video movie, Big Money Hustlas, and made guest appearances at wrestling events. The group spent the summer of 1999 bickering with various tourmates (Coal Chamber in particular) and played at the ill-fated Woodstock '99. Early in 2000, Shaggy collapsed on-stage, but the cause was deemed to be nothing more than a combination of the flu and low blood sugar; however, while staging a wrestling event several months later, Shaggy fell off a steel cage, breaking his nose and cheekbone. Still, ICP managed to make it into the studio to record a follow-up album, and Big Money Hustlas was finally released.

On Halloween 2000, the group issued its sixth album, which apparently did not count (as all the other albums had) as a "joker card" (in the ICP fantasy world, the sixth joker card was supposed to signal the apocalypse). Similar to Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion, the album was released in two completely different, separate versions, titled Bizzar and Bizaar. Finally needing to live up to the years of hype, 2002's The Wraith: Shangri-La revealed that the hidden message of their music was always to follow God and make it to Heaven. Considering the murder fantasies of "Beverly Kills 50187" and the necrophilic overtones of "Cemetery Girl," this may have been a shock to longtime fans.

In August 2004 the band released the sixth and final joker card, Hell's Pit, in two separate editions. Both had the same CD but were packed with different DVDs. Yet the Dark Carnival wasn't fully shuttered. Spring 2005 found ICP hyping a new direction for the mythology, to be revealed with the May release of Calm. The EP also prepped Insane Clown Posse's devoted fan base for the sixth annual Gathering of the Juggalos that July. Their 2007 effort, The Tempest, found the duo reuniting with producer Mike E. Clark, the man behind the first four joker card releases. Clark stuck around for their 2009 Bang! Pow! Boom! album. Featuring Freshness, a two-disc collection of the group's work with other artists, arrived in 2011. A year later, the conceptual The Mighty Death Pop focused on their detractors and other "certified hoes" with Clark returning as producer.

Top Albums

Jugganauts - The Best of ICP, Insane Clown Posse
1. Jugganauts -..
The Great Milenko, Insane Clown Posse
2. The Great Mi..
The Amazing Jeckel Brothers (Limited Edition), Insane Clown Posse
3. The Amazing ..
Ringmaster, Insane Clown Posse
4. Ringmaster
Riddle Box, Insane Clown Posse
5. Riddle Box
Bizaar, Insane Clown Posse
6. Bizaar
Bizzar / Great Milenko / Amazing Jeckel Brothers / Bizaar, Insane Clown Posse
7. Bizzar / Gre..
Forgotten Freshness, Vol. 1 & 2, Insane Clown Posse
8. Forgotten Fr..
Bizzar, Insane Clown Posse
9. Bizzar
The Mighty Death Pop Box Set, Insane Clown Posse
10. The Mighty D..
The Mighty Death Pop - Smothered, Covered, and Chunked - Red Pop, Insane Clown Posse
11. The Mighty D..
The Mighty Death Pop / Mike E. Clark’s Pop Emporium (White Pop), Insane Clown Posse
12. The Mighty D..
Forgotten Freshness, Vol. 5, Insane Clown Posse
13. Forgotten Fr..
Carnival of Carnage, Insane Clown Posse
14. Carnival of ..
Tunnel of Love, Insane Clown Posse
15. Tunnel of Lo..
Bang! Pow! Boom! (Nuclear Edition), Insane Clown Posse
16. Bang! Pow! B..
The Wraith: Remix Albums, Insane Clown Posse
17. The Wraith: ..
Beverly Kills (Beverly Kills 50187), Insane Clown Posse
18. Beverly Kill..
The Tempest, Insane Clown Posse
19. The Tempest
The Mighty Death Pop - Freaky Tales - Black Pop, Insane Clown Posse
20. The Mighty D..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Neden GameGreat Milenko4:05$1.29
2.
Boogie Woogie WuJugganauts - The Best of IC..4:25$1.29
3.
Hokus PokusGreat Milenko4:21$1.29
4.
What Is a Juggalo?Jugganauts - The Best of IC..3:58$1.29
5.
Piggy Pie (Old School)Jugganauts - The Best of IC..4:22$1.29
6.
HomiesForgotten Freshness, Vol. 43:45$0.99
7.
My AxeJugganauts - The Best of IC..3:53$1.29
8.
Boogie Woogie WuGreat Milenko4:24$1.29
9.
Chicken Huntin' (Slaughter House..Riddle Box3:42$0.99
10.
Fuck the WorldJugganauts - The Best of IC..3:42$1.29
11.
Cherry Pie (I Need a Freak)Jugganauts - The Best of IC..4:32$1.29
12.
Fuck the WorldAmazing Jeckel Brothers (Li..3:43$1.29
13.
Pass Me ByGreat Milenko6:41$0.99
14.
Great MilenkoGreat Milenko1:56$1.29
15.
Let's Go All the WayJugganauts - The Best of IC..3:34$1.29
16.
What Is a Juggalo?Great Milenko3:57$1.29
17.
Toy BoxRiddle Box5:24$0.99
18.
Jump AroundMighty Death Pop Box Set3:21$1.29
19.
Neden GameJugganauts - The Best of IC..4:01$1.29
20.
Hokus PokusJugganauts - The Best of IC..4:26$1.29
21.
How Many Times?Great Milenko6:20$1.29
22.
I Stab PeopleAmazing Jeckel Brothers (Li..1:38$0.99
23.
Down With the ClownGreat Milenko3:52$1.29
24.
Halls of IllusionsGreat Milenko4:20$1.29
25.
Lil' Somthin' Somthin'Riddle Box5:28$0.99

Top Music Videos

Tilt-A-Whirl, Insane Clown Posse
1. Tilt-A-Whirl
Halls of Illusions, Insane Clown Posse
2. Halls of Illu...
Hokus Pokus (Version 1), Insane Clown Posse
3. Hokus Pokus (...
Another Love Song, Insane Clown Posse
4. Another Love ...
Piggy Pie, Insane Clown Posse
5. Piggy Pie
Hate Her to Death, Insane Clown Posse
6. Hate Her to D...
Jump Around (Explicit), Insane Clown Posse
7. Jump Around (...
Night of the Chainsaw, Insane Clown Posse
8. Night of the ...
Chris Benoit, Insane Clown Posse
9. Chris Benoit
Miracles, Insane Clown Posse
10. Miracles
In Yo Face, Insane Clown Posse
11. In Yo Face
When I'm Clownin' (feat. Danny Brown) [Explicit], Insane Clown Posse
12. When I'm Clow...
It's All Over (Explicit), Insane Clown Posse
13. It's All Over...
Juggalo Island, Insane Clown Posse
14. Juggalo Islan...
The Psypher: Part Two -  A Family Divided (feat. Boondox, Shaggy 2 Dope, Twiztid, Insane Clown Posse, Monoxide & The Dayton Family), Blaze Ya Dead Homie
15. The Psypher: ...
Miracles (Radio Edit), Insane Clown Posse
16. Miracles (Rad...


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