The JJ Boys "Party at the Top of the Hill" & Inner City Posse 'Ghetto Territory' and 'Enter the Ghetto Zone' (lost early Insane Clown Posse recordings; early 1990s)
Insane Clown Posse is a rap duo from South West Detroit that has caused much controversy in their lengthy career, and is most known for their stage performances and Dark Carnival gimmick. But before they were the successful duo they are now, they were a gang/rap group of three called the Inner City Posse, and before that, they were under the title The JJ Boys.
As far as the JJ Boys go, there isn't a whole lot to talk about. During this period, Joseph Bruce (Violent J/Jagged J at the time), Joseph Utsler (Shaggy 2 Dope/Kangol Joe at the time), and John Utsler (John Kickjazz/former Inner City Posse and Insane Clown Posse member) weren't taking their rap careers seriously, and only one song is known to be under that name, the song being "Party at the Top of the Hill". It was recorded using Scratchmaster T's four-track, and was only distributed to family and friends, so the likeliness of it ever appearing outside of family and close friend circles are slim to none (though supposedly the lyrics were leaked), and Violent J seems to not have it anymore.
On the other hand, Ghetto Territory and Enter the Ghetto Zone are EPs that are just extremely rare. They were passed around high schools in the area for free, and not many copies were made. It is possible that they're just singles from the Dog Beats EP, but whether they're alternate versions or not remains a mystery.
If "Intelligence and Violence" is anything to go off of, the quality of the cassettes are extremely poor, being made with two karaoke machines (one playing the beat, the other one recording), and Violent J sticking his head in between them rapping. It's also safe to assume that he used other artists' instrumentals (considering that was the case on "Intelligence and Violence").
- Supposed lyrics of Party at the Top of the Hill Retrieved 07 Aug '17
- JCarnival Spirits interview with Violet J in which he says he doesn't have the song. Retrieved 07 Aug '17
- Discogs page on Ghetto Territory. Retrieved 07 Aug '17
- Discogs page on Enter the Ghetto Zone. Retrieved 07 Aug '17
- Discogs explains how the recording process worked. Retrieved 07 Aug '17