The Dark Carnival: A Rap Music Mythology Gains Intense Following

Sep 6 20:37 2011 Rob Dabney Print This Article

From its first proper debut studio album, much of the Insane Clown Posse discography has been devoted to a concept the group dubbed the Dark Carnival. The first part of the ICP Dark Carnival story unrolled over six albums, and the group recently introduced a new set of concept albums exploring these themes further. 

Fans of Insane Clown Posse music have long loved the group for its outrageously shocking and humorous lyrics. But beyond the horrorcore rap surface of Insane Clown Posse is a highly metaphorical narrative arc that stretches across most of the Insane Clown Posse discography. 
Dubbed the ICP Dark Carnival,Guest Posting this story line first began on the 1992 album Carnival of Carnage. Though not every entry in the Insane Clown Posse discography concerns the ICP Dark Carnival, many of the most popular albums do. 
The ICP Dark Carnival is based on a vision group member Violent J had one night, in which spirits appeared to him and took him to a traveling carnival full of evil and lost souls. Soon after, he began elaborating on this in Insane Clown Posse music. 
The plan was, throughout the Insane Clown Posse Discography, to explain the six major evil spirits on successive albums, each representing a different Joker's Card.
The first Joker's Card/album in the ICP Dark Carnival Story was 1992's Carnival of Carnage. Here, Insane Clown Posse music was a metaphor for violence in ghettos as represented by a traveling carnival. This part of the Insane Clown Posse discography, the group said, was to send a message not to ignore the poor. 
The next entry in the Insane Clown Posse discography to discuss the ICP Dark Carnival  was 1994's The Ringmaster. Here, the Insane Clown Posse music further detailed the torment of evil souls being dragged to hell. 
Then, next in the Insane Clown Posse discography came 1995's Riddle Box. In this part of the ICP Dark Carnival, souls in purgatory were forced to turn a jack-in-the-box to determine their fate. 
The next part of the Insane Clown Posse discography, 1997's The Great Milenko, gave the group some of its biggest commercial success with Insane Clown Posse music, and even further deepened the story of the ICP Dark Carnival. The Milenko in question is an illusionist trying to trick people into sins.
The fifth Joker's Card in the ICP Dark Carnival, 1999's The Amazing Jeckel Brothers, focused on the various circles of hell. Then, finally, the sixth Joker's Card actually represents two discs in the Insane Clown Posse discography: 2002's The Wraith: Shangri-La, and 2004's Hell's Pit. These finally urged juggalos to make the right choice and choose God in order to avoid a tortured afterlife. 

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Though Insane Clown Posse music stands apart on its own, the best way to fully understand the ICP Dark Carnival is to listen to the Insane Clown Posse discography in order. Get any Insane Clown Posse music you're missing from the group's official web site at Juggalos 

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