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The Formitive Years... (Continued)

Radio Star finds J and Shaggy taking their shot at radio formats by trying their hand at different genres of radio music in a faux effort to get played. Please Dont Hate Me mines a sweet acoustic guitar arrangement under some typically wicked ICP lyrics that wreak a little vengeance on a particularly disrespectful hip-hop colleague. Homey Baby Mam Drama is the kind of nursery rhyme you won't put on any toddler's tapes, while tracks like My Axe, Still Stabbin and What slam with the kind of ferocity the juggalos expect and demand from their heroes.

What I like about this record is it's really, really entertaining all the way through, says Clark. Let yourself go and get into the Clown of Insane Clown Posse and not take this shit so seriously and so literal. With ICP, people take things so seriously; they're not getting the clown aspect of the band.

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Entertainment of the highest order has been the goal since ICP's beginnings. Fans of broad range of music, J and Shaggy cut their own stylistic path with their makeup, daringly explicit lyrics and an aggressive, energetic stage show that over the years has included elaborate sets, top-notch production values and the hysterically sticky tradition of spraying copious amounts of Faygo soda pop around the stage and on its crowds. Thanks to the savvy, street-level guerrilla marketing by the duo and its Psychopathic Records posse of ninjas, ICP's juggalo crew has been serviced by not only the music and live performances but also by comic books, videos (including the feature film Big Money Hustlas), an extensive and inventive line of merchandise, and the rough-and-tumble side project Worldwide Championshit Wrestling.

ICP -- which distinguished itself at last year's Woodstock festival by taping money to the bottom of giant balloons it sent sailing into the crowd -- readily acknowledges this is all for some tastes and not for others. After singing with Hollywood Records during the mid-`90s, the group made international headlines when Disney executives (Hollywood's owners) discovered just what their subsidiary had signed when it got an earful of The Great Milenko. It may have been too much for the Mouse, but Island Records was quick to give ICP safe haven for Milenko, The Amazing Jeckel Brothers and now the one-two punch of Bizzar and Bizaar.

We recorded these strictly on the talent we know we've got, and we iced it, J says with pride. And I have no question we will once again reign supreme by making all the critics' worst album lists of 2000. But you know what -- fuck `em. This isn't for them. Adds Shaggy, It's for us, and it's for the juggalos. If you're down with it, come on in, `cause it's way dope; if you're not, then don't even bother. Just stay the fuck away.

J is being -- believe it or not -- a bit modest. ICP never goes into the studio to repeat itself, so Bizzar and Bizaar continue the creative growth the duo has pursued ever since childhood friends J and Shaggy started slapping on the grease paint during 1991. As producer Clark says, It's a little more sophisticated. The writing is better. The tracks are better -- but still very ICP.

With only a modicum of guests this time -- including ICP cohorts Twiztid and legendary Detroit rapper Esham -- the songs on Bizzar and Bizaar run the gamut from straight-up hip-hop to rocking guitar tracks and ICP's old skool horrorcore. Twists? This crop of songs has a doozy in Let's Go All the Way, a remake of the 1986 pop hit by Sly Fox recorded with the Detroit rock band Perpetual Hype Machine. It's just a crack-up, says J. I'm singing on that, but...I changed all the lyrics in the song except for the chorus.

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