The legacy of Insane Clown Posse is speckled with a litany iconic feuds. From the longstanding beef with fellow Detroit alumni Eminem, to public squabbles with Slipknot.
In a new interview with Loudwire, Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope played a game of ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’, that saw the clowns delve into their scraps with Slipknot and Sharon Osbourne.
The year is 1999, Slipknot are at the precipice of blowing up. Their self-titled record was earning palpable kudos in the underground community and they were slated to play the second stage of Ozzfest. At this point, Insane Clown Posse were a household name. Ten years into an illustrious career that enchanted Juggalos and Juggalettes alike. Their 1997 record, The Great Milenko, was on its way to achieve platinum status.
The masked deviants in Slipknot saw an opportunity to conjure up press, and crafted a phony drama between them and Insane Clown Posse. This fake beef landed both groups on The Howard Stern Show. The appearance marked the shortest feud of all time, with beef squashed in under two minutes.
“Every time we would go on Howard Stern, they’d always put someone on there to antagonize us,” Shaggy 2 Dope told Loudwire. “They like seeing us get riled up. I guess we do ill shit when we get riled up.
“[Slipknot] told them that we had mad beef and this and that, you know what I’m sayin’? So they let ‘em up in there. I thought it was fucking funny as hell and smart as shit on Slipknot’s part.”
There is, however, one very real flame war that is yet to be resolved. Insane Clown Posse have accused Sharon Osbourne of owing the band $50.000.
According to Violent J, Osbourne bet the duo that their next record, Bizzar / Bizaar, wouldn’t sell 200,000 copies. and would result in the band getting dropped by Island Records.
“She lost that bet super hard,” Violent J explained. “That record went gold. She, without question, owes us that money. We said, ‘You ain’t gotta pay us. Just pay it to a charity in our name.’ Because if it would’ve went the other way around, I bet you they would’ve been calling us out saying when are we gonna pay?”
“What do you expect from someone who’s a liar anyhow?” Shaggy added.