Infamous hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse have never been shy about speaking their minds. In their latest verbal scuffle, the controversial duo have lashed out at men’s lifestyle magazine GQ for naming them the worst rappers of all time.
The group -- consisting of MCs Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope -- tops a list of 25 entries that includes the likes of Madonna, Prince, Tom Green, Pitbull, Will Smith, Master P, Vanilla Ice, the 1985 Chicago Bears and Tom Green.
GQ writer Rob Tannenbaum pulled no punches in calling out the Detroit-based duo. “The KISS-style makeup these two self-anointed "wicked clowns" wear is a tip-off -- they live to sell peripheral products, from DVDs to comic books to PPV wrestling cameos, to the tune of millions of dollars annually,” Tannenbaum writes. “Like most d-bags, they're predictable: Ample use of the words f**k, psycho, and f**k attracts a devoted fan-clan, and their annual festival has also included, yep, Vanilla Ice.”
In response, Violent J went off on GQ in a statement to gossip website TMZ. "Insane Clown Posse has been selling rap records, rocking rap stages and making rap money for over 20 years now,” he said. “You can't rack up all that rap success for this long and still be 'the worst ever.' GQ magazine should stick to what they know: Dressing preppy metrosexuals."
Fellow ICP rapper Shaggy 2 Dope also got in on the fracas, saying to TMZ, "Tell GQ to say it to my face!"
Insane Clown Posse has been in the news for other reasons as of late. According to a press release, the duo has signed a deal with Fuse to bring their digital series “Insane Clown Posse Theater” to the music network. The 30-minute weekly program will feature Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope offering their take on music and pop culture via a mix of music videos and viral clips. The show will also include sketches and interviews with an array of special guests.