Insane Clown Posse (ICP) is an American hip hop duo composed of Violent J (Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (originally 2 Dope; Joseph Utsler).Founded in Detroit in 1989, Insane Clown Posse performs a style of hardcore hip hop known as horrorcore and is known for its elaborate live performances.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...ICP originally formed as a Gangsta Rap group called "Inner City Posse," derived from the name of a Detroit gang formed by Bruce.The music group's increasing popularity resulted in the gang becoming the target of growing violence, leading its members to abandon gang life and adopt a Geto Boys-esque horror rap style.The success of a former clown painted hype man and a dream Bruce had involving a clown running around in Delray, increased awareness of ICP, turning the group into one of the biggest underground rap acts in the country.During this time, a feud was started between ICP and fellow Detroit rapper Eminem, which has since died down.
The Great Milenko is the fourth studio album by American hip hop group Insane Clown Posse, released on June 24, 1997, by Hollywood Records, in association with Psychopathic Records.
Jive Records signed the group and released The Riddle Box in 1995, but the record bombed and ICP returned to the ranks of the indies.
Just one year later, Hollywood Records gambled on the band and spent more than a million dollars while ICP recorded their new album, The Great Milenko.
As evidenced by the numerous different collectible covers for The Amazing Jeckel Brothers, ICP had become a virtual merchandising machine, complete with comic books to flesh out their elaborate Dark Carnival mythology; they also wrote and starred in their own straight-to-video movie, Big Money Hustlas, and made guest appearances at wrestling events.
Insane Clown Posse is an American hip hop duo from Detroit, Michigan.
The album was taken off shelves by Hollywood hours after its release, in response to criticism from the Southern Baptist Church of decisions that the church believed did not reflect Disney's family-friendly image, although Disney claimed that the album was released due to an oversight by its review board.