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SpouseMichelle Rapp
MarkSprays the audience with Faygo soda at their shows
FactFavorite bands/artists include Prince, Michael Jackson, and Pearl Jam.

Joseph Bruce, better known by his stage name Violent J, is an American rapper, record producer, and professional wrestler. He is a member of the hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse, and is the co-founder of the independent record label Psychopathic Records.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Bruce began his music career in the hip hop group Inner City Posse before founding Insane Clown Posse along with fellow rapper Joseph Utsler in 1989. Insane Clown Posse gained a following in the early 1990s with their unique brand of hardcore rap, which often incorporated elements of horror and the supernatural.

The group’s first album, Carnival of Carnage, was released in 1992 and was followed by a series of successful albums that established the duo as one of the most popular rap groups in the world. In addition to his work with Insane Clown Posse, Bruce has also released several solo albums and has collaborated with other artists such as Twiztid and Blaze Ya Dead Homie.

As a wrestler, Bruce is best known for his appearances with the independent promotion Juggalo Championship Wrestling, where he is a former two-time JCW Heavyweight Champion.

Bruce was born Joseph Bruce on April 28, 1972, in Detroit, Michigan. He is of African-American and German descent. Bruce’s mother, Beverly, was a singer; his father, Joseph Bruce Sr., was a bass player. Bruce has two older brothers, John and Kenneth.

Bruce’s parents divorced when he was three years old; he and his brothers were then raised by their mother and stepfather, Robert “Bobby” Stewart. Stewart was a high-ranking member of the Black Mafia, which also influenced Bruce’s later interest in hip hop.

Bruce began his music career in the late 1980s as a member of the hip hop group Inner City Posse. The group was composed of Bruce, Utsler, Esham Smith, and other local rappers. Inner City Posse released its first album, Carnival of Carnage, in 1992. The album was a success, selling over 50,000 copies.

In 1993, Bruce and Utsler founded the record label Psychopathic Records. The label’s first release was the album Carnival of Carnage. Psychopathic Records went on to release several more albums by Insane Clown Posse and other artists associated with the label.

In 1997, Bruce and Utsler began appearing as professional wrestlers on the independent circuit. They made their debut for Juggalo Championship Wrestling at the company’s first event, Bloodymania. Bruce and Utsler have since appeared regularly for JCW, wrestling other wrestlers such as Sabu and New Jack.

Bruce is a two-time JCW Heavyweight Champion, having won the title in 2000 and 2003. He has also held the JCW Tag Team Championship on two occasions, first with Utsler as part of The Oddities (a tag team also featuring New Jack and Sabu) and then with partner Corporal Robinson.

Bruce has released several solo albums outside of his work with Insane Clown Posse. His debut album, The Shining Path, was released in 2008. The album peaked at number seven on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.

Bruce’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million. He has earned most of his wealth from his music career, particularly from his work with Insane Clown Posse. In addition to his music earnings, Bruce has also made money from his wrestling career and from his work as a record producer.

General Info

Height1.88 m
ProfessionActor, Author, Rapper, Professional Wrestler, Record producer, Screenwriter, Film Score Composer, Shiny Diamonds, If We Were A Gang, Yellow Brick Alleyway


SpouseMichelle Rapp
ChildrenJoseph Bruce, II, Ruby Bruce, Shiny Diamonds, If We Were A Gang, Yellow Brick Alleyway
ParentsLinda Bruce, Richard Bruce, Shiny Diamonds, If We Were A Gang, Yellow Brick Alleyway
SiblingsRobert Bruce, Theresa Bruce, Shiny Diamonds, If We Were A Gang, Yellow Brick Alleyway


MoviesBig Money Hustlas, Big Money Rustlas, Death Racers, Insane Clown Posse: Bootlegged in L.A., Insane Clown Posse: Six Jokerz Unauthorized, Insane Clown Posse: Hatchet Attacks: Live From Red Rocks, Insane Clown Posse: Juggalo Championsh*t Wrestling: Vol. 3
TV ShowsImpact Wrestling

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#Marks / Signs
1Sprays the audience with Faygo soda at their shows


1People call us anti-gay for our lyrics all the time. That's lies, all lies. I've had many intimate relationships with juggalos as well as juggalettes, so you know I'm not judging. True clowns don't judge.
2I'll be quicker to kick an ass before I'll ever kiss one.


1Son, Joseph Bruce II, born January 2005.
2In 1998, Eminem approached him with a flier to promote his "Slim Shady LP" release party, which read that ICP might make an appearance there. ICP had never met, or heard of Eminem at the time. He declined the "invitation", and Eminem took this as a personal insult and thus the battle between Eminem and ICP began.
3Released an autobiography entitled "Behind the Paint" in 2003.
4Favorite bands/artists include Prince, Michael Jackson, and Pearl Jam.
5In all of his CDs he gives credit to "the Butterfly"
6Had to pay a total of $100,000 out of his own pocket to complete the budget of the film Big Money Hustlas (2000), which he wrote.
7Turned down a role in Prison Song (2001) as a bigoted prison guard because he did not want to play a racist.



West Coast2016writer: "Bi----s" - as Joseph Bruce
The Comix Scrutinizer2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Todd's Pop Song Reviews2012TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Mimesis2011writer: "Where's God?"
A Family Underground2009Documentary performer: "So High", "Shiny Diamonds" / producer: "Shiny Diamonds" / writer: "Duk Da Fuk Down" - as Bullet / writer: "Headache", "Welcome To Thy Show", "Juggalo Family", "If I Was a Serial Killer", "Walk into the Darkness", "Hum Drum Boogie", "Ride the Tempest", "So High", "Shiny Diamonds", "Come Out To Play"
Death Racers2008Video writer: "Real Underground Baby", "Walk Into The Darkness", "Truly Alone", "Manic Depressive", "The People"
Psychopathic: The Videos2007Video writer: "Juggalo Homies", "Tilt A Whirl", "Halls Of Illusion", "Chicken Huntin'", "Another Love Song", "Chicken Huntin' Slaughterhouse Remix", "How Many Times?", "Bowling Balls", "Piggy Pie", "Hokus Pokus", "Real Underground Baby"
Evil Bong2006writer: "Like It Like That", "So High"
Demons at the Door2004Video writer: "Blaaam!!!"
Bowling Balls2004Video short writer: "Bowling Balls"
Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Volume 32003Video writer: "Down With The Clown", "Riddle Box", "Chicken Huntin' Slaughterhouse Remix"
Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home2003Video Game writer: "Chicken Huntin' Slaughterhouse Remix", "Down With The Clown" - as J. Bruce
Solaris2002writer: "Riddle Box" - as Joseph Bruce
Frontline2001TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Volume 12000Video writer: "Riddle Box", "Down With The Clown", "The Dead One", "Chicken Huntin' Slaughterhouse Remix", "What is a Juggalo?"
Big Money Hustlas2000Video writer: "Fuck the World", "Cotton Candy", "Bring It On", "Ninjas", "Bitches", "Spin the Bottle"
Heavy Metal 20002000writer: "Dirt Ball" - as Bruce
Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Vol. 22000Video writer: "Riddle Box", "Down With The Clown", "What Is A Juggalo?"
The Fear1995writer: "Dead Body Man"


Big Money Rustlas2010Big Baby Chips
Death Racers2008VideoViolent J
Bowling Balls2004Video shortJ
WCW Monday Nitro1999-2000TV SeriesViolent J.
Fall Brawl2000TV MovieViolent J.
WCW Thunder2000TV SeriesViolent J.
Big Money Hustlas2000VideoBig Baby Sweets Ape Boy
WCW World Championship Wrestling1999TV SeriesViolent J.


Big Money Rustlas2010original story - as Joe Bruce / screenplay - as Joe Bruce
Bowling Balls2004Video short
Big Money Hustlas2000Video as Joseph Bruce

Music Department

Death Racers2008Video composer: additional music - as Insane Clown Posse


Juggalohio2011Video short special thanks


Unplanned America2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Insane Clown Posse Theater2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
Down with Clowns2013DocumentaryHimself
American Psycho Tour2012Himself
Tosh.02012TV SeriesHimself
1000 Ways to Die2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Attack of the Show!2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Aqua Teen Hunger Force2010TV SeriesHimself
A Family Underground2009DocumentaryHimself
The Hitchcock of HipHop2008VideoHimself
JCW SLAM TV, Volume 22007VideoHimself
Psychopathic: The Videos2007VideoHimself (segments "Homies" - "Tilt A Whirl" - "We don't die" - "Halls of Illusions" - "Chicken Huntin" - "Another love song" - "How many times?'" - "Bowling balls" - "The people" - "Piggy pie" - "Hokus pokus" - "Let's go all the way'" - "'Real underground baby") / Bullet (segments "Duk da fuk down" - "Real underground baby") / Fats Pepper (segment "Raw deal") / ...
PWU Power Surge TV2007TV SeriesHimself
JCW SLAM TV, Volume 12007VideoHimself
The (White) Rapper Show2007TV SeriesHimself
The Chronicles of the Dark Carnival2006TV MovieHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHimself
Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood2004Video GameHimself (voice)
NWA: Total Nonstop Action2004TV SeriesHimself
Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Volume 32003VideoHimself - The Insane Clown Posse / Diamond Donovan Douglas (voice)
Howard Stern1998-2003TV SeriesHimself
Insane Clown Posse: Bootlegged in L.A.2003Video documentaryHimself
The Purple Show2003Video documentaryHimself
Born Twiztid: Beyond the Freekshow2002Video shortHimself
Music Jamboree2002TV Series documentaryHimself
MADtv2002TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2002TV SeriesHimself
Frontline2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Volume 12000VideoHimself - Insane Clown Posse / Diamond Donovan '3D' Douglas (voice)
The Howard Stern Radio Show1999-2000TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Vol. 22000VideoHimself - Insane Clown Posse / Diamond Donovan Douglas (voice)
Behind the Music1999TV Series documentaryHimself
WCW Road Wild1999TV MovieHimself
WWE Raw1998TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Insane Clown Posse
Summerslam1998TV SpecialHimself - The Insane Clown Posse / The Oddities
WWE Sunday Night Heat1998TV SeriesHimself (1998-1999)
ECW Hardcore Heaven '971997TV SpecialHimself - The Insane Clown Posse
WCW Worldwide Wrestling1975TV SeriesHimself (1998-1999)

Archive Footage

Vanilla Ice Archive2012DocumentaryHimself
Death of an Indie label2011DocumentaryHimself
WWE Summerslam: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 32009Himself
WWE: Greatest Stars of the '90s2009VideoHimself
Hatchet Attacks: Live from Red Rocks2008Video documentaryHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHimself
Road Warriors: The Life and Death of Wrestling's Most Dominant Tag Team2005Video documentaryHimself
The Rise & Fall of ECW2004Video documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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