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Insane Clown Posse Biography


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Birth Place: Delray, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Years Active: 1989–present
Genres: Hip Hop


Insane Clown Posse is an American hip hop duo from Detroit, Michigan. The group is composed of Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler, who perform under the respective personas of the “wicked clowns” Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. Insane Clown Posse performs a style of hardcore hip hop known as horrorcore and is known for its elaborate live performances. The duo has earned two platinum and five gold albums. Originally known as Inner City Posse, the group introduced supernatural and horror-themed lyrics as a means of distinguishing itself stylistically. The duo founded the independent record label Psychopathic Records with Alex Abbiss as manager, and produced and starred in the feature films “Big Money Hustlas” and “Big Money Rustlas.” They formed their own professional wrestling federation, Juggalo Championship Wrestling, and later collaborated with many well-known hip hop and rock musicians. The group has established a dedicated following, often referred to as Juggalos.

The songs of Insane Clown Posse center thematically on the mythology of the Dark Carnival, a metaphoric limbo in which the lives of the dead are judged by god. The Dark Carnival is elaborated through a series of stories called Joker's Cards, each of which offers a specific lesson designed to change the “evil ways” of listeners before “the end consumes us all.”

In 1992 they released their debut album, “Carnival of Carnage” on Psychopathic Records. It featured guest appearances by popular Detroit rappers Esham and Kid Rock. Although the album did not initially sell well, it became eligible for gold certification by the RIAA in 2010.

“Ringmaster” their second album, was released in 1994. The album was the second Joker's Card in the group's Dark Carnival mythology. The album's lyrics described the leader of the Carnival, who serves as one of the judges of one’s soul in the afterlife, as being created from the listener’s own evils. It featured guest appearances by Capitol E and Jumpsteady. “Ringmaster” was reissued by Island Records in 1998 and earned a gold certification by the RIAA.

The third Joker's Card in the group's Dark Carnival mythology, “Riddle Box” was released in 1995 by Psychopathic Records and Battery Records, a short-lived subsidiary of Jive Records. The album was the first Insane Clown Posse album in which the group worked with studio vocalist and guitarist Rich Murrell, who would work with the group throughout much of their career. It was released in four different versions, and earned a gold certification by the RIAA.

Their 1997 release “The Great Milenko” was the first to be certified platinum. Released by Hollywood Records, in association with Psychopathic Records, the album spawned two singles in “Halls of Illusions“ and “Hokus Pokus.” The album reached #63 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

“The Amazing Jeckel Brothers,” released in 1999, was their second album to reach platinum certification and peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200. The album is the fifth Joker's Card in the group's Dark Carnival mythology.

On Halloween in 2000 they issued “Bizzar” and “Bizaar” a separately released double album. The albums reached #20 and #21 on the Billboard 200. Bruce and Utsler then left Island Records, signing a contract with D3 Entertainment to distribute every release on Psychopathic Records, which would remain independently funded, produced, and recorded.

2002’s “The Wraith: Shangri-La” was the first of two albums representing the sixth Joker's Card in the group's Dark Carnival mythology. It debuted at #15 on the Billboard 200 and, in 2010, became eligible for gold certification by the RIAA. The album also went to #1 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.

2004’s”Hell’s Pit” was the final chapter of the Joker's Card series. The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and #12 on the Billboard 200.

“The Tempest” was released in 2007 and reached #20 on the Billboard 200, while once again reaching #1 on the Independent Albums chart.

2009’s “Bang! Pow! Boom!” peaked at #4 in the Billboard 200 and became their third consecutive album to reach #1 on the Independent Albums chart.