Consisting primarily of two people, Violent J (Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (Joseph Utsler), Insane Clown Posse are a Hip-Hop group and Professional Wrestling tag team from Detroit, and the co-founders of the independent record label, Psychopathic Records.
Their music is generally placed in the "Horrorcore" category, and is focused heavily around Circus of Fear elements. Of course, some of their detractors aren't much better, either.
These stories each offer a specific lesson designed to change the "evil ways" of listeners before "the end consumes us all." Seeing a need for a manager, Bruce's brother Robert recommended his friend and record store owner Alex Abbiss, who established the Psychopathic Records record label with the group in 1991.
In late 1991 the group invested more money into production than was covered by returns.
The group became notorious in Detroit's underground scene, but several tours around the region failed to ignite much more than the rage of community leaders.