The Insane Clown Posse (ICP) are an American hardcore hip hop/horrorcore rap duo originally from West Bloomfield, Michigan, consisting of Violent J (Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (Joseph Utsler). They almost always professionally display themselves in full black and white "evil clown" makeup that could be compared to the corpse paint of black metal musicians or the makeup of the rock group KISS. Violent J's makeup is usually drawn as a smiling face, while Shaggy's is an angry face. While never achieving full mainstream success, the group has nevertheless obtained a number of platinum and gold albums as well as a dedicated fan base.
The first incarnation of the group was as The JJ Boys in 1989, a trio consisting of Violent J, Shaggy 2 Dope, and John Utsler, also known as John Kickchazz. The group formed while its members were still in their early teens, and the trio later changed their name to "Inner City Posse". Kickchazz is Shaggy's brother and performed on Inner City Posse albums Enter the Ghetto Zone, Bassment Cuts, and Dog Beats. He left the group before Carnival of Carnage was released. Violent J and S...
|country||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|music genre||Hip hop music|
|current members|| Violent J (Joe Bruce)|
Shaggy 2 Dope (Joey Utsler)