The Dark Carnival is a concept of the afterlife in which souls are sent to a form of limbo while waiting to be sent to heaven or hell based on their individual actions.
These concepts are related by Insane Clown Posse in a series of albums called the six Joker's Cards.
The album was recorded and initially released by the Disney-owned record label Hollywood Records.
The album was taken off shelves by Hollywood hours after its release, in response to criticism from the Southern Baptist Church of decisions that the church believed did not reflect Disney's family-friendly image, although Disney claimed that the album was released due to an oversight by its review board.
Disney requested that the tracks "The Neden Game", "Under the Moon", and "Boogie Woogie Wu" be removed because of lyrics referencing abuse of women, rape and murder, and the slaughter of children, respectively.
The Great Milenko featured more rock influences than previous Insane Clown Posse albums, including an introduction performed by Alice Cooper and guitar tracks performed by Steve Jones (on "Piggie Pie"), and Slash (on "Halls of Illusions").
After Hollywood terminated the group's contract, Insane Clown Posse signed a new contract with Island Records (whose parent at the time, Poly Gram, distributed Hollywood releases in North America), which agreed to release the album as it was originally intended.
The music of The Great Milenko features a rock sound and features guest appearances by popular rock stars Alice Cooper, Steve Jones and Slash.
The Great Milenko is the fourth studio album by American hip hop group Insane Clown Posse, released on August 12, 1997, by Hollywood Records, in association with Psychopathic Records.
As the fourth Joker's Card in the group's Dark Carnival mythology, the album's lyrics focus on the titular Great Milenko, an illusionist who tries to trick individuals into greed and other such sins.