Insane Clown Posse

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Insane Clown Posse

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Detroit, Michigan, USA

Birth Name

Joseph Bruce, Joseph Utsler

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Insane Clown Posse: this horrorcore shock rock band may be more infamous than famous, more reviled than renowned, but they have made quite a mark on music history, and on the lives of the thousands of fans, known as juggalos, who follow their music and their message. Where…more

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  • Trivia

    • This is a listing of every Xmas song Psychopathic released:
      01. Santas a Fat B***H (1994) ICP
      02. Red Christmas (1994) ICP
      03. Santa Killas (1994) ICP
      04. Skanta Klaws (2002) ICP
      05. A Very Twiztid X-Mas (2001) Twiztid & Blaze
      06. Christmas in the Hood (2003) Twiztid, Blaze, Lavel, Wolfpac, & R.O.C.
      07. I Hate Santa Clause (2003) ICP & ABK
      08. Murder City Xmas (2005) ICP & Twiztid

    • ICP at one time was supposed to release a side project called the Bloody Brothers. It was first going to consist of Violent J, Shaggy 2 Dope, and Mike E. Clark. Soon that lineup changed to just Violent J and Marz. Finally, it got canceled because Marz and J had a falling out.

    • ICP's Violent J and Shaggy, under the aliases "Bullet" and "Full Clip", respectively, are part of the gangsta rap "supergroup", Psychopathic Rydas, along with label mates Monoxide Child and Jamie Madrox of Twiztid, and rapper, Blaze Ya Dead Homie. Under aliases, the members reinvent themselves as hardcore, street hoodlums, rhyming over stolen, illegally sampled beats. ICP created Joe & Joey Records (taking the name from their real first names) to distribute the albums. The plan was they would drop the label in the event of a lawsuit and not be out of any money. Former Rydas members include Myzery, Anybody Killa (ABK) and Detroit acid rap legend, Esham.

    • ICP released the EP, Tunnel of Love as a follow up to their 1995 Joker's Card album, Riddlebox. It was released a day after their contract with Jive expired and one day before they signed to Hollywood Records. The EP is 40 minutes in length and features what ICP classify to be "love songs".

      There is an even more rare "xxx" version in existence containing an extra track called "Mental Warp" with an explicit album cover depicting Shaggy 2 Dope exposing his genitals while being flanked by two porn stars. (Upon close inspection, it is fairly obvious that these are computer edited images).

    • ICP's Violent J has green eyes, Shaggy's are blue.

    • ICP's Violent J and Shaggy both have solo albums to their credit.

      In 1994, Shaggy 2 Dope released the EP, F*ck Off!, and twelve years later, in 2006, released a follow-up full-length album, F*ck The F*ck Off, released as the more commercially accessible title, F.T.F.O..

      In 2003, Violent J released the EP, Wizard of the Hood, a concept album loosely based upon the Wizard of Oz story, the title inspired by the song "Wizard of the Hood" from ICP's 1991 album, Carnival of Carnage.

    • (from the back of J's action figure blister card)
      Biggest Thrill in Life: Wrestling Giant Gorillas. I like to sneak in the Zoo late at night and into the Ape cage. Then I sneak up on a sleeping gorilla and slap its face until it gets pissed. Then I just wrestle it. Sometimes its homies jump in. They kick my ass everytime. One time I had one in a headlock and it bit me...gorillas don't play...And of course my other biggest thrill of randomly killing people.

      What I Look For in a Girl: Very, Very droopy titties. The droopier the better. So droopy that she can tie them in a knot and jump rope with them. So droopy, she can stick some hooks on her nipples and fish with them bitches. So droopy, she can lay in bed with me and still cook me dinner in the kitchen with her titties. So long and droopy she can slap you from across the room with them suckers.

      J's Dream is: To finally pin one of them fucking' Gorillas at the zoo...1-2-3 done.

    • (from the back of Shaggy's action figure blister card)
      Biggest Thrill in Life: Laying naked on top of my neighbor's roof really early in the morning. I like to pretend like I'm swimming underwater in slow motion and shit. I lay up there as long as I can or until the police come.

      What I Look For in a Girl: A hunchback. Like that one old movie "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", only it'd be a chick. I could sit on her hunch and maybe ride her through the mall. I could hook some kickers up to her butt and bounce that bitch. If her hump is big enough, maybe I could hide things in it, like a Faygo. That'd be the bomb diggity. If you got a hunchback and you're a chick, look me up.

      Shaggy's Dream is: To one day have everybody stand on one side of the world and flip it upside down.

    • ICP member Violent J may jokingly rap about panic attacks in some of their songs, but he actually is a real-life sufferer of such attacks.

    • ICP are available as playable characters in the Backyard Wrestling video game series.

    • When ICP were part of the WWF, they were featured alongside a team of self-proclaimed sideshow freaks called The Oddities, led and managed by the legendary wrestler, George "The Animal" Steele. ICP even recorded a theme song titled, "The Oddities" for their entrance music.

    • ICP has a rare and early 1991 album titled, Dog Beats, recorded during their Inner City Posse days. Subsequent rereleases of the album have been edited to say Insane Clown Posse, although the approximately 150 remaining original copies printed with Inner City Posse are highly collectable. The song "Wizard of Del-ray" from the album was later re-recorded and released as "Wizard of the Hood" for the album, Carnival of Carnage.

    • ICP was originally formed in 1989 as a Detroit rap crew and street gang known as Inner City Posse - reportedly once fifty members strong.

      After disbanding in 1991, the only members remaining were Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. They donned clown makeup and slightly altered the name to reflect the fact that they had been visited by the spirit of the Dark Carnival, which ordered them to carry out the word of the impending apocalypse by touring the nation and releasing six Joker's Cards in the form of albums, each of them foretelling a revelation of the final judgment.

    • ICP have been featured guests on both the radio show and the television version of The Howard Stern Show.

    • ICP's Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope had their likenesses molded into action figures released in 2001. Each figure came in a box and stood 9" tall, was accurately-detailed right down to the face paint, was dressed in a real cloth outfit, and came complete with accessories such as a microphone and Faygo bottle.

    • ICP appeared in a 2001 issue of Penthouse magazine, in a short article accompanied by a pictorial of the duo in full face paint posing with nude girls adorned in similar face paint.

    • ICP's Violent J and Shaggy are part of the "supergroup", Dark Lotus, on Psychopathic Records, which consists of Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, and Blaze Ya Dead Homie. Originally the lineup was only ICP and Twiztid. The four members recorded the track "Echoside", which was released as a single and featured on ICP's Amazing Jeckel Brothers album. During ICP's Bizzar/Bizaar tour in 2000, a rapper by the name of Marz became good friends with Violent J and was asked to join the group.

      The six artists recorded Tales From The Lotus Pod and released the album at the second annual Gathering of the Juggalos in 2001, where it was well received. Along with the release of the CD was Dark Lotus' first concert and Marz's only live performance with the group.

      After the Gathering, Marz was no longer a part of the group for undefined reasons. With the absence of Marz, the group brought in ABK (Anybody Killa) to fill his position permanently, and re-released the album a year later with ABK rapping over Marz's verses.

      Two years later, Dark Lotus went back into the studio and emerged with the 2004 album, Black Rain.

    • ICP's latest signing to their Psychopathic Records label is the rapper, Boondox, a living scarecrow, whose album The Harvest was released in July 11, 2006.

    • ICP are devoted drinkers of Faygo, a relatively inexpensive soft drink brand that is popular throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. They often spray large amounts of the drink into the audience at concerts, and endorse the product in a number of their songs. Due to their devotion to it, many Juggalos make it their soft drink of choice. Faygo Beverages, Inc., refuses to acknowledge any connection of ICP to their products.

    • Insane Clown Posse almost always professionally display themselves in full black and white "evil clown" makeup that could be compared to the corpse paint of black metal musicians or the makeup of the rock group KISS. Violent J's makeup is usually drawn as a smiling face, while Shaggy's is an angry face. The makeup pattern and colors usually follow a standard formula, although the duo have changed their look from time to time to relate better to certain album releases, most noticeably in 2002 for The Wraith: Shangri-La, when they became more spiritual and traded in the black face paint for gold and silver.

    • ICP's Shaggy 2 Dope is the star of The Shaggy Show - an internet-based reality show from the road. The concept was taken from a skit of the same name on the Amazing Jeckel Brothers album.

    • ICP starred in a self-produced low-budget parody movie entitled, Big Money Hu$tlas in 2000, which was directed by John Cafiero. The film is a send-up of numerous genres of films popular in the 1970's, from blaxploitation to crime drama. Both Violent J and Shaggy wore their signature face paint throughout the film. Shaggy 2 Dope plays Sugar Bear, a streetwise cop from San Francisco who speaks in rhyming couplets and whose name is always accompanied by a trumpet riff. The New York Chief of Police brings Sugar Bear to New York to take care of Big Baby Sweets (Violent J), a mob don who controls the entirety of the city's criminal underworld. With the "help" of bumbling patrolman Harry Cox (portrayed by actor, Harland Williams), as well as some timely assistance from the ghost of Dolemite (despite the fact that he was not even dead at the time) - Sugar Bear sets out to bring Sweets to justice. This task is made rather complicated by Sweets' entourage: his ineffectual right-hand men Big Stank and Lil Poot (labelmates, Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child of Twiztid), his personal security ninja Hack Benjamin, a pair of stealthy Magic Ninjas, and Cactus Sac (wrestler Mick Foley). The film also sports numerous cameos from Psychopathic Records staff such as manager Alex Abbiss, Myzery, Billy Bill, and more.

      The film was made specifically for juggalos, but has also found an audience in fans of raunchy, offbeat comedy. A second installment, a prequel, named Big Money Rustlas, was never released, although cast shots from the movie can be revealed beneath the trays of the 2000 albums, Bizzar and Bizaar.

    • ICP have an uncredited cameo from their earlier days in the 1996 family comedy, Santa with Muscles, starring wrestler Hulk Hogan.

    • ICP have a documentary entitled, Shockumentary. An edited and slightly altered version aired on MTV and the original VHS release is hard-to-find. It is now available on DVD, much to the appreciation of fans, which in addition to the original content, also includes five music videos.

    • ICP's Violent J and Shaggy dubbed over the commentary of a 1995 IWA King of the Deathmatch tournament, featuring the wrestlers Superleather, Cactus Jack (Mick Foley aka Mankind), Terry Funk, and many others and added their own humorous commentary and released it as Stranglemania. It is now a very rare and out of print VHS tape. A sequel, appropriately titled, Strangle-Mania 2, was released in 2000.

    • ICP are known for giving back to their fans during the key holidays of Halloween and Christmas.

      Since 1994, it has become an annual tradition for them to hold a special Halloween concert known as Hallowicked. A special exclusive single containing new and unreleased songs is given free to those in attendance. With ICP's permission, the exclusive tracks are made available online to fan sites for free download the following day.

      Also every Christmas, ICP has a special song or exclusive available to be downloaded free at their official site.

    • ICP is most notorious for their 1997 album, The Great Milenko, which was recorded at Hollywood Records, a Disney-owned record label. After recording was completed, a board of Disney representatives threatened to stop the release of the album unless significant changes were made to its material. Fearing that their major-label debut would never see the light of day, ICP obliged and reluctantly removed three whole songs from the album - "Under the Moon", "Boogie Woogie Wu", and "The Neden Game", as well as altering the content of some others, at Disney's request. Just hours after the album's initial release, it was unexpectedly pulled from the shelves, ICP's upcoming tour was cancelled, and they were dropped from the record label.

      It was later revealed that Disney had received much criticism from certain religious organizations, and in fear of tarnishing their reputation, forced Hollywood Records to drop the act. A media frenzy soon followed, fueled by ICP's appearances on MTV expressing outrage over their treatment by Hollywood Records. Originally unwilling to nullify ICP's recording contract and relinquish ownership of the album, a deal was eventually reached with Island Records, who promptly re-released the album in its uncut form.

      In the end, the controversy turned out to be a blessing in disguise for ICP - all the media attention created a huge public interest in the group and their music and the album went on to become certified platinum. The Hollywood Records version of The Great Milenko is now a highly sought after collector's item.

    • Violent J and Shaggy formed Psychopathic Records with manager Alex Abbiss in 1991. Abbiss managed the group until June 2006, when he retired from the label. Bill "Billy Bill" Dail currently acts as ICP's manager, as well as president of Psychopathic Records.

    • It is well known that ICP are long-time fans of professional wrestling. In 1998, they were brought in by the World Wrestling Federation, (now known as WWE). They also were featured regularly on WCW in 1999.

    • In 2003, the book, "Behind The Paint" was published by Psychopathic Records. It archives the complete autobiography of the lives of the Insane Clown Posse, as toid by Violent J.

    • Insane Clown Posse had their own comic book title published by Chaos! Comics in 2000. Each issue came polybagged with an exclusive CD single. Together the singles formed a new album entitled, 'The Pendulum'. The complete comic series was also collected into a trade paperback by the same name.

    • Shaggy's real name is Joseph Utsler - Birthday: October 13th,
      1975 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

    • Violent J's real name is Joseph Bruce - Birthday: April 27, 1974 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

    • ICP started an independent wrestling promotion called Juggalo Championsh!t Wrestling (JCW), which went on to become the second highest grossing promotion in the U.S.

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    The Insane Clown Posse is the best band ever **** created, you understand that so please tell me there are people who **** agree with you little **** Psychopath43 out
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    Where are all the Juggalos at? The Insane Clown Posse, ICP, consist of Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J. ICP do not have "fans" they have the Juggalos. They have been around in one form or another for 17 years or more. For the past 7 years they have hosted the annual Gathering of the Juggalos. The Gathering consists of concerts, wrestling, contests etc. and for the past four years has been outdoors. They kick and spray Faygo, Detroit's own Pop/Soda Pop, because early in their career Shaggy 2 Dope was messing up on stage, so Violent J threw a bottle of Faygo at him and the crowd cheered. They have their own record label Psychopathic Records. Their label currently consists of: ICP, Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, and Boondox. They also have their own online radio station and wrestling federation.moreless