Bizzar

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Bizzar
Studio album by Insane Clown Posse
Released October 31, 2000
Recorded 1999 - 2000
Genre Hip-hop, Midwest hip hop
Length 67:31
Label Island/Psychopathic
548 175
Producer Mike E. Clark
Insane Clown Posse chronology
Bizaar
(2000)
Bizzar
(2000)
Forgotten Freshness Vol. 3
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
NME 3/10 stars[2]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[3]

Bizzar is the seventh studio album by Insane Clown Posse. Released on October 31, 2000, it is the second half of the Bizzar Bizaar double album, released the same day as its companion album, Bizaar. It is the group's 15th overall release.

Release and reception[edit]

On the August 20, 1999, episode of The Howard Stern Show, Insane Clown Posse clashed with fellow guest Sharon Osbourne bet Violent J $50,000 that the group's next album would not sell more than 200,000 copies, and that it would be subsequently dropped from its distributor. Violent J then increased the bet, predicting that the group's next album would sell at least 500,000 units.[4]

Bizaar and Bizzar combined to sell 400,000 units, which fell short of Violent J's prediction. Following the release of the albums, Insane Clown Posse left Island Records after its contract expired because, according to the group, they did not want to release its sixth Joker's Card through Island Records.[5]

A music video for the song "Let's Go All The Way", a cover of a Sly Fox song, was filmed.[5] MTV agreed to play "Let's Go All The Way" on their network, airing it once in the late evening.[5] Bruce and Utsler decided to bombard Total Request Live (TRL) with requests for the video.[5] While on their "Bizzar Bizaar Tour," Insane Clown Posse posted on its website that December 8 was the day for their fans to request the video. Bruce and Utsler named that day "The Mighty Day of Lienda," meaning "The Mighty Day of All or Nothing."[5] On December 8, Rudy Hill, Robert Bruce, Tom Dub, and six other Psychopathic Records employees and friends drove down to New York City. They were met by nearly 400 Insane Clown Posse fans standing outside in front of the TRL studio window, all with signs supporting the duo.[5] Thirty minutes before the show began, Viacom security guards and New York City police officers were dispatched to remove all the fans from the sidewalk.[5] When some fans, including Robert Bruce, refused to move because it was a public street and no other individuals were asked to move, they were assaulted.[5] All telephone requests for the video to be played were ignored, and Insane Clown Posse was never mentioned during the show.[5] MTV later informed Island Records that the heads of the network must choose the band first before it can become eligible to be featured on TRL.[5]

Both Bizaar and Bizzar received three-out-of-five-star ratings in The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, the highest rating that the magazine ever gave to any Insane Clown Posse album.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro" 1:55
  2. "Bizzar" - Featuring Twiztid and Esham 3:36
  3. "Cherry Pie (I Need A Freak)" 4:33
  4. "Questions" Featuring Esham 5:44
  5. "Mr. Happy 4:43
  6. "Radio Stars" 4:33
  7. "My Axe" 3:52
  8. "If" 3:39
  9. "Let's Go All The Way" 3:35
  10. "Let A Killa" 4:56
  11. "Juggalo Paradise" 3:41
  12. "Crystal Ball" - Featuring Twiztid 22:44

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak Position
Billboard 200 21[7]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ NME review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Fischer, Blair R (August 20, 1999). "Insane Clown Posse and Sharon Osbourne Battle on Howard Stern Radio Show". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Bruce, Joseph; Echlin, Hobey (August 2003). "Hatchet Rising". In Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (2nd Edition ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 470–496. ISBN 0-9741846-0-8. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan, ed. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. pp. 405–6. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ "Insane Clown Posse Artist Chart History: Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-08-19.