Insane Clown Posse
Inventors of "horrorcore" and a festival of laughs to everyone else.
Insane Clown Posse, more commonly called ICP, is a "band" composed of two "evil clowns" Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. ICP is infamous for their fans, known as Juggalos, mainly due to the common Juggalo being labled as nothing more as white trash in clown makeup. Though ICP is more well known for their "music", which is essentially 90's rap metal with a heavier focus on rapping (a term we use loosely) while performing with clown makeup and having horrible lyrics intending only for shock value. This developed into their own genre, called "horrorcore", with ICP having their own record label, known as Psychopathic Records, supporting the genre. While Psychopathic Records is first and foremost a record label, it does invest heavily in merchandising and has it's own wrestling league, which Juggalos both gladly eat up.
It's literally like something out of Children of Men with stabbings, stonings, towering bonfires, and most horrifying of all, Vanilla Ice. Don't believe it?
The Juggalo festival recently became noted for the audience throwing stones at internet superstar Tila Tequila, Method Man getting injured by the audience, and having other reports of violence. Despite this, there was another Juggalo festival this year and it was somehow larger than last year. (NSFW words) For example, Charlie Sheen appeared at this year's festival, along with somehow getting some pretty well-known and well-respected rappers such as Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Xzibit, and Tech N9ne. How they got talented rappers is anyone's guess, but this year went relatively smoothly for a Juggalo festival.
Magnets and Miracles
ICP lyrics are often laughable with their only focus being on shock, so much so that they spawned their own very successful meme with "magnets". In the spring of April 2010, ICP released a new video called Miracles. In the video, ICP rap about how they hate science and believe rather in magic (insert religious joke here). The one lyric that become most successful was the verse:
This, of course, was spread through out the internet asking how anythinge worked, with the response most likely being "F**king miracles". There was even an article on Cracked(NSFW) trying to explain the miracles of the world. Since it's SNL appearance, the meme died off a bit but is still used every now and then.
Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope were both high school dropouts in Detroit, Michigan. The two met in a backyard wrestling ring their friends made, before forming a gang with said wrestling group. Violent J was then arrested for only 90 days. After the prison sentence, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope began a professional wrestling career before getting frustrated, so they began rapping in local clubs which led to the two completely abandoning the gang.
Rise to fame
During their early rapping stages, ICP founded Psychopathic Records and by the time their second album was released, they were going on national tours. Though they did not gain their full success until their third album Riddle Box.
ICP's album had a theme of each album being a prophecy of an apocalypse, with the eighth one being the final album which would bring the apocalypse. To the absolute surprise of no one, the eight album did not bring about the apocalypse and was instead of ICP admitting their are very devote Christians. Since then, ICP hasn't really rapped about anything at all, leading to some of their worst (and perhaps funniest) lyrics such as Miracles.
- ICP stars and produced two movies with Big Money Hustlas and Big Money Rustlas