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After receiving a positive response, Bruce and Utsler have since continued to spray Faygo onto audiences.
After Battery/Jive Records showed little interest in promoting the album, Insane Clown Posse funded the promotion of Riddle Box independently.
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.
Instead, they suggested using horror-themed lyrics as an emotional outlet for all their negative life experiences.
They were also unanimous in deciding not to rap openly about Satan, which Esham often did.
The original lineup of Insane Clown Posse was John Rode (Kid Villain), John Utsler (John Kickjazz), Joe Bruce (Violent J) and Joey Utsler (Shaggy 2 Dope).
John Rode left after Dog Beats was released in 1991, and John Utsler left before Carnival of Carnage was released in 1992.
Bruce met Esham for the first time at the station and praised him.
Esham wished Bruce well and Bruce gave the rapper a copy of Dog Beats; this began the friendship and professional relationship between Psychopathic Records and Esham's label, Reel Life Productions.
Upon returning home that night, Bruce says he had a dream in which "spirits in a traveling carnival appeared to him"—an image that would become the basis for the Dark Carnival mythology detailed in the group's Joker's Cards series.
The group began recording their debut album, Carnival of Carnage, with producer Chuck Miller.
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 Originally known as JJ Boyz and Inner City Posse, the group introduced supernatural- and horror-themed lyrics as a means of distinguishing itself stylistically.
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).