Dark Carnival is an excuse to do a little bit of wordplay at the expense of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. I know the actual term Dark Carnival doesn’t exactly apply to Circuses because Carnivals and Circuses are quite different.
Circuses are focused a lot more on performers and animals whereas a Carnival is more for rickety rides and, well, “carnies”. I only stuck with the term “Dark Carnival” because I had thought that was what they called their concerts when their fans, or “juggalos”, congregate. (Also, I realize that the two dudes in Insane Clown Posse are not Juggalos)… but according to Wikipedia, I was way off on what the Dark Carnival was:
“The Dark Carnival is described by Insane Clown Posse in much of their discography. This concept, similar to the “heaven and hell” language of most major monotheistic religions, is the primary source of inspiration for Insane Clown Posse’s two series of albums called Joker’s Cards, each containing six albums.
The Dark Carnival is where souls face judgment based on their individual actions before being sent to Hell. The concept was inspired by a dream of Insane Clown Posse member Violent J where spirits in a traveling carnival appeared to him.”
Sooooo, yeah… I really don’t know shit about ICP. But I’m okay with that.