Formed in Detroit, Michigan, USA, Insane Clown Posses highly shocking rap/metal fusion and spectacular live performances had, by the time they were signed to a major label in 1997, earned them both public notoriety and commercial success. Violent J. (Joseph Frank Bruce, 28 April 1972, Berkley, Michigan, USA) and Shaggy 2 Dope (b. Joseph William Utsler, 14 October 1974, Wayne, Michigan, USA) originally performed as the Inner City Posse in the late 80s, releasing the hardcore gangsta rap Dog Beats in 1991. Following the underground success of this album, Bruce and Utsler changed their name to Insane Clown Posse and underwent a startling change of image, adopting Kiss -style clown make-up and rapping about the apocalypse. The duo released several albums on their own Psychopathic Records imprint (each claiming to contain a further revelation from the final judgement), and gained a sizeable underground following in the Midwest without the backing of any radio...
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