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2 Live Crew      

Hip Hop Group; Known for Controversial Sexual Themes

2 Live Crew is a hip hop group from Miami, Florida. 2 Live Crew was created by DJ Mr. Mixx (David Hobbs) with fellow rappers Fresh Kid Ice (Chris Wong Won) and Amazing V. (Yuri Vielot).

The group released its first single, “Revelation,” in 1985. “Revelation” was popular in Florida, so 2 Live Crew (sans Amazing V) relocated to Miami. Rapper Brother Marquis (Mark Ross) joined 2 Live Crew for its next single “What I Like.” Local rapper Luke (Luther Campbell) gave 2 Live Crew a record deal and worked as the group's manager and later as lead vocalist.

2 Live Crew's debut album, “The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are,” was released in 1986. With word of mouth attention, the album was certified gold by the RIAA.

In 1989, the group released their album, “As Nasty As They Wanna Be,” which also became the group's most successful album. It peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and No. 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album became their largest seller, going 2x platinum. A large part of its success was due to the single “Me So Horny,” which was popular despite little radio rotation. The single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart and No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in 1989 despite lack of airplay due to the controversial nature of the lyrics.

In 1990, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled that the album was legally obscene. This ruling was later overturned by the Eleventh Circuit. It is the first album in history to be deemed legally obscene.

In 1991, 2 Live Crew released the first live rap album, “Live in Concert,” and “Sports Weekend,” a full-length studio original. It peaked at #22 on The Billboard 200 and #19 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

1994 saw Luke, Fresh Kid Ice and a new addition to the group, Verb, regrouping as the New 2 Live Crew and issuing “Back at Your Ass for the Nine-4.” The album peaked at No. 52 on the Billboard 200 and No. 9 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

The New 2 Live Crew broke up in 1995. In January 2012, the group announced that they would be reuniting and touring the following summer.


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