Michigan's favorite greasepainted sons, the Insane Clown Posse, recently put some legal troubles behind them and got back on a more musical track.
After being charged with battery in connection to an January incident at an Indiana waffle house, the rap duo, Violent J (a.k.a. Joseph F. Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (a.k.a Joseph Williams), plead guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct last week according to the group's record label. Both Bruce and Williams were ordered to pay fines of $325.
As we reported earlier this year (see "Insane Clown Posse Arrested After Restaurant Brawl"), the two men were arrested after police claimed that an 18- year-old victim was beaten by the rappers and several other members of the group's touring entourage at a restaurant following an ICP show in Indianapolis, IN.
The Posse is currently resting after its European tour, and plans to launch a U.S. tour in August, though
spokespeople say no dates have been confirmed yet. The group's record label has also delayed the reissue of its first two CDs ("The Ringmaster" and "Carnival of Carnage") indefinitely. As we first reported in April (see "Insane Clown Posse's Violent J Hospitalized After Panic Attack"), the albums were to hit stores on May 12, and the label, Island Records, hopes to have them out soon.
Things are progressing full-steam ahead however on the group's plans to release a rarities collection, titled "Forgotten Freshness," in August. The two-CD set will compile ICP's B-sides and previously unreleased tracks, including Jason Nevin's remix of the group's "Hocus Pocus."
Much sooner than that, the group still plans to release its first home video, dubbed "ICP's Shockumentary," on June 23. As we previously reported, the collection will feature videos as well as interview and concert footage.
The group still
also plans to release a new studio album in November, and has already banked a couple of tracks for it.