The duo has earned two platinum and five gold albums.According to Nielsen Sound Scan, the entire catalog of the group has sold 6.5 million units in the United States and Canada as of April 2007.
Joseph Bruce (Violent J) and Joseph Utsler (Shaggy 2 Dope) met in Oak Park, a suburb on the north border of Detroit, Michigan.
Along with Utsler's brother, John, and friend, Lacy, they wrestled in backyard rings that they had built themselves.
In 1989, Joseph Bruce, as Jagged Joe, Joseph Utsler, as Kangol Joe, and John Utsler, as Master J, released the single titled "Party at the Top of the Hill" under the name of JJ Boys, but the group did not pursue a serious career in music.
They formed their own professional wrestling federation, Juggalo Championship Wrestling, and later collaborated with many well-known hip hop and rock musicians.
The group has established a dedicated following called Juggalos numbering in the "tens of thousands".
The songs of Insane Clown Posse center thematically on the mythology of the Dark Carnival, a metaphoric limbo in which the lives of the dead are judged by one of several entities.
The Dark Carnival is elaborated through a series of stories called Joker's Cards, each of which offers a specific lesson designed to change the "evil ways" of listeners before "the end consumes us all".
Anybody Killa, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Boondox, Dark Lotus, DJ Clay, Kottonmouth Kings, Psychopathic Rydas, Twiztid, Mike E.
Clark, Vanilla Ice, Mars, Lil Wyte, Big Hoodoo, The Killjoy Club, Axe Murder Boyz, Drive-By, Samhein Witch Killaz, House of Krazees, The R. C., Zodiac MPrint, Project Born, Da Mafia 6ix, V-Sinizter, Soopa Villainz, Chop Shop, The Dayton Family, Cold 187um, Tha Hav Knots Insane Clown Posse (ICP) is an American hip hop duo from Detroit, Michigan.
The group is composed of Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler, who perform under the respective personas of the "wicked clowns" Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope (originally 2 Dope).
Insane Clown Posse performs a style of hardcore hip hop known as horrorcore and is known for its elaborate live performances.