The Insane Clown Posse are unkillable.
The group was born in 1989, out of the ashes of attempts at careers in both wrestling and hip-hop, and has more than earned their reputation as the “Most Hated In The World,” putting out horror-core releases that receive levels of scorn which can only be described as “Nickelback-ian.”
They’ve also earned a ton of money and a die-hard army of facepaint-loving fans called Juggalos as well as launched an annual festival/free-for-all, successful record label (Psychopathic Records), and, yes, a wrestling promotion (Juggalo Championship Wrestling).
With the release of their latest album The Marvelous Missing Link: Found, we took a moment to talk with Joseph Bruce (better known as Violent J) about the past, present, and future of hip-hop’s maligned clown princes.
The Marvelous Missing Link: Found is your 14th album. You’ve been doing this for 26 years. What keeps you and Shaggy 2 Dope going?
This is my career. I’m good at it, you know.
I’m… 42 or 43. [Laughs] I’m not sure how old I am. [Ed.: He’s 43] When you really think about it, that’s not that old in the span of a life. It might be old for hip-hop. Well, it’s not even really that old for hip-hop anymore. But, as long as I am physically able to get on the stage and put on a good show for the fans, I will. This is what I love to do.
So, even with all the controversy you guys have faced, especially the recent trouble with the FBI, you never thought about hanging it up?
That’s a ridiculous question, man. What’s going on is we’re suing the FBI for calling the Juggalos a gang… Why would that ever make us want to stop?