The Insane Clown Posse was formed in Detroit in 1989 (originally a trio named
JJ Boys) and
was involved in gang-related violence till 1991, when they were reduced to
the white gangsta rap duo of
Violent J (Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (Joey Ulster),
as documented by Inner City Posse (1991).
What made them a cult phenomenon was their carnival-like shows that quickly
became the craziest thing since the excesses of decadent rock (not to
mention, a favorite pretext for starting a riot).
Their major career began with the trilogy of
Carnival of Carnage (Psychopathic, 1992),
The Ringmaster (Psychopathic, 1993) and
The Riddle Box (Psychopathic, 1995), not to mention the regional hit
Dead Body Man.
Their endless touring resembled a holy mission of conversion.
The band skyrocketed to fame and to martyrdom when their major-label debut,
The Great Milenko (Hollywood, 1997 - Island, 1998), was boycotted by,
fascist bigots and was withdrawn only six hours after its release.
When it was re-released, it beat record after record in the hip-hop album
No surprise, therefore, that all subsequent albums were great successes:
The Amazing Jeckel Brothers (Island, 1999),
Bizaar (Island, 2000),
The Wraith: Shangri-La (2002),
The Wraith: Hell's Pit (2004), with increasingly mystical overtones.
Too bad that the music was absolutely, utterly ridiculous.
Nice jokes, nice image, but no musical talent.
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