The rap duo Insane Clown Posse, more commonly known as ICP, started in Wayne, Michigan, but it is obvious that they did not stay there. This group, formed out of the remnants of a larger group called Inner City Posse that broke up in 1992, feature rappers Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, and given the awards and accolades that they have won, it is easy to see that this group has a musical success. Aside from their rap music, this duo have also starred in a feature film and created the Juggalo Championship Wrestling federation.
The first album released by Insane Clown Posse was Dog Beats, in 1991. Not only did this lead to their relationship with their manager, Alex Abbiss, but it also launched them on what would be a long career in terms of music and innovation. Although this first album was a modest hit, the band decided to move in a new direction, one that came to Violent J in a dream. In the dream, he saw a clown with six joker cards in his hands, and from that dark memorable image, IPC would release six Jokers Card albums.
The first Jokers Card album that saw release was Carnival of Carnage, which was produced and saw most of its circulation in Detroit between 1992 and 1993. The second album, produced in 1994, was known as the Ringmaster, the release of which granted ICP a greater following throughout the Midwest and saw them playing at their first sellout halls. Later, in 1995, The Riddlebox, the third Jokers Card album, was released by jive records. The next Jokers Card album was known as the Great Milenko. Originally meant to be promoted by Hollywood Records, a record label owned by Disney, the content proved to be too much for the conservative company and the record was dropped, only to be picked up again by Island Records. The controversy over this album lead to a great deal of publicity for ICP, which ushered in the release of The Amazing Jeckel Brothers, a record which went gold.
The final Jokers Card album, known as The Wraith, was released in two parts, the first being Shangri la and the second being Hell's Pit. This saw the end of the Joker Card albums, more than 10 years after their inception. During this period both members of ICP produced independent projects, though together they would go on to produce The Calm and The Tempest. Forthcoming projects include an album about the end of the world and another feature film.
Though this rap duo has definitely been hit by critics, their fans, known as Juggalos and Juggalettes, maintain a loyal following, organizing meet ups ad yearly gatherings.
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