Insane Clown Posse
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Carnival of Carnage , 5/10
The Ringmaster , 5/10
The Riddle Box , 5/10
The Great Milenko , 5/10
The Amazing Jeckel Brothers , 5/10
Bizzar , 5/10
Bizaar , 5/10

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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their major-label debut, The Great Milenko (Hollywood, 1997 - Island, 1998), was boycotted by, fascist bigots and was withdrawn only six hours after its release.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 charts.

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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