Insane Clown Posse vs. The World

Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope join Shad are on their first Canadian tour in more than a decade. They swing by q to share the upside of being an outsider.
Part hip-hop, part WWE-inspired theatre. Insane Clown Posse's music is like sweet Faygo soda — delicious to some, disgusting to others. Today Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope join Shad to discuss their first Canadian tour in over a decade following years of being banned from the country. 48:27

Their haters never saw it coming. For 27 years now, Insane Clown Posse have delivered their own brand of rap to legions of loyal juggalos. 

Part hip-hop, part WWE-inspired theatre, their music is like the Faygo soda they spray all over their fans — delicious to those who love it; a sticky mess to those that don't. But Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope say they don't care who dismisses them. The world is their playground, their fans are their family, and their critics are just "playa haters to the fullest." 

Welcome to the big tent. Insane Clown Posse takes over studio q. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

"Most people are like 'yeah they sell millions of records, but they sell 'em to juggalos. You know what I mean? Like juggalos aren't real people or somethin'," says Shaggy. 

In a wild, wide-ranging chat, the rappers stop by studio q on their first Canadian tour in over a decade. In their signature face paint, they share some of their best stories, clap back at the FBI, and reveal the upside of being an outsider.

"We are the same people who are buying our music," says Violent J. "We are juggalos."

Note: We couldn't broadcast the full chat (Insane Clown Posse and Shad went on for almost an hour) but that's what the internet's for! The full, uncut interview takes a closer look at ICP's controversial lyrics, their decades-long concept called The Dark Carnival, and their surprising spiritual side. Listen here.

When the FBI calls your fanbase a gang, is that the kind of press you want? Insane Clown Posse's Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope explain why they have a problem with the saying "any press is good press". 1:22

WEB EXTRA | Not a juggalo? Not a problem. Here's a quick look at 17 things you should know to put these clowns in context. 
"What's with the number 17?" ICP has long organized their lore around this odd number. Here's a list of things to know based on our research and their chat with Shad. (Ben Shannon/CBC)

YOUR LETTERS | We thought we might get a lot of hate mail for this one but, nope! Listeners were overwhelmingly down with the clowns. 

The polarizing Detroit rappers, Insane Clown Posse, joined us in studio q last week. We got some very (pleasantly) surprising reactions from your letters. 2:54


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