Label
Jive
Release date
10 Oct 1995
Running length
20 tracks
Running time
83:03

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Intro 1:19 37,275
2 Riddle Box 2:51 9,753
3 The Show Must Go On 5:07 7,205
4 Chicken Huntin' (Slaughter House Mix) 3:42 3,312
5 Toy Box 5:24 11,012
5 Interview 0:47 2,962
6 Cemetery Girl 3:33 7,128
7 Cemetary Girl 3:33 3,611
7 3 Rings 5:08 7,512
8 Headless Boogie 4:50 6,270
9 The Smog 4:22 1,664
10 The Joker's Wild 4:56 6,610
11 Dead Body Man 4:20 10,415
12 Lil' Somthin' Somthin' 5:28 5,318
12 Lil' Somethin' Somethin' 5:28 828
13 Ol' Evil Eye 4:53 4,886
14 12 6:35 5,063
15 The Killing Fields 4:55 4,272
16 I'm Coming Home 5:52 5,620

About this album

Riddle Box is the third studio album by American hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse, released on October 10, 1995 by Battery Records.

It is the third Joker’s Card entry in the group’s Dark Carnival saga. The eponymous Riddle Box is a jack-in-the-box that decides whether your soul is sent to Shangri-La or Hell’s Pit in the afterlife.

The album’s themes mostly revolve around those of death; in “12”, Insane Clown Posse rapper Violent J takes revenge and kills 12 juror members who were involved in sentencing him to death. There are four different versions of the album: the standard pressing, a version containing a bonus track of snippets from four Hed PE songs, a version with reversed colors on the disc and a remastered version.

Riddle Box was the second Insane Clown Posse album to be certified Gold. The album spawned one single, “The Joker’s Wild”.

The album contains 16 studio tracks. “Chicken Huntin’”, which was remixed for Riddle Box, was previously released on Insane Clown Posse’s 1994 album Ringmaster. “Dead Body Man” was also previously released in 1994, on the group’s second EP The Terror Wheel, in a slightly lower key.

The album makes several references to American popular culture. “The Joker’s Wild” is based on the quiz show of the same name, though Insane Clown Posse’s rendition is set in Hell and is used as a means to punish the wicked rather than reward people. “Ol’ Evil Eye” is loosely based around Edgar Allan Poe’s famous short story The Tell-Tale Heart, and features excerpts from the story being read. In the booklet the production of “Ol’ Evil Eye” read “Lyrics: ICP & Edgar Allan Poe.

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