There are very few people in the world who will pick you up and take both you and your singer, who live 25 miles apart, to an airport 45 miles away before the crack of dawn. Thankfully, my parents, both notorious early risers, are down for the cause. It doesn't hurt that I have taken both of them to ... More >>
Fresh Kid Ice is the only member of 2 Live Crew to appear on every 2 Live Crew album. He's one of three founding members who got together in a dorm room at an Air Force base in Riverside, California, started rocking shows in Miami, moved permanently to the 305, and took sexplicit bass music around ... More >>
Brother Marquis was 19 years old when he joined 2 Live Crew and started recording some of the most famous dirty raps that the world has ever known. He was born in New York, moved to L.A. at 14, and flew straight to Miami when the Crew needed an extra rapper. Nearly 30 years later, he's been to the ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke reminisces about the album that changed hip-hop. It's hard to believe 25 years have gone by since I put out 2 Live Crew's As Nas ... More >>
Before Luther Campbell was Uncle Luke, he was Luke Skyywalker. But George Lucas sued him for violating copyright. And that's how the nasty boy went from car wars to Star Wars. The Lucas lawsuit was just the beginning of his infamy. Soon, Miami bass became the trunk rattle heard 'round the world. I ... More >>
In 1990, a concerned citizen by the name of Terence D. Edwards wrote a letter to the New York Times encouraging the public to reject 2 Live Crew. "The imagery of 2 Live Crew's lyrics and stage performance is of sexual degradation and sneering self-satisfaction," he wrote, "repeatedly and venomous ... More >>
Shit is poppin' and it ain't no Redenbacher. French Montana is back with another boobie-shaking music video featuring Drake, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and one sick-ass 2 Live Crew sample. In true Miami pool party fashion, there's plenty of near-nude bitches, squirt-gun violence, product placement, and ... More >>
Earlier this week, Crossfade reported on Khia -- the rapping stripper from Tampa, Florida -- and the naked picture she Tweeted on Sunday. Khia's stated motivation for leaking her own nudes was to celebrate the ten year anniversary of "My Neck, My Back," the MCs super explicit, lone hit single devot ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke explains why a 2 Live Crew reunion tour will prove booty music desegregated hip-hop.After 2 Live Crew and I performed at the ... More >>
When Crossfade read this week's edition of Luke's Gospel, entitled "2 Live Crew Is Reuniting Because Our Fans Want To Shake That Booty," we got, like, "Me So Horny!"-level excited.
Luther "Luke" Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. In this special edition, Luke remembers the man who had him arrested for singing obscene lyrics.Nick Navarro was the Made-For-TV-S ... More >>
Does the Godfather of Heavy Metal get crunk? You bet he does. It seems like enough time has passed since the sweaty-armpit era of mainstream rock (otherwise known as the Nu-Metal Dark Ages) that we can finally, maybe, approach the subject of fusing hip-hop with rock and roll. It wasn't always Fr ... More >>
New Times columnist, former 2 Live Crew leader, and Hurricanes fan for life Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell is none too pleased with this Nevin Shapiro fellow who went around wreaking infractions havoc at the University of Miami football program while dubbing himself "Little Luke." Campbell has already ... More >>
2 Live Crew's Brother Marquis dives face-first into that coochie.2 Live Crew Exxxotica Miami Beach 2011 Miami Beach Convention Center Saturday, May 21, 2011 Better Than: Your average hit-and-run humpdown. Running 20 minutes late for their booty call at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 2 Live ... More >>
2 Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice and Brother Marquis hanging in their natural habitat.If, like Crossfade, you've actually attended the annual Exxxotica Expo at the Miami Beach Convention Center (or some comparably antiseptic megavenue in Chicago, Los Angeles, or New Jersey) and not just feverishly da ... More >>
2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors |Hip Hop Rally Machine |Hip Hop Honors Video Last night's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors show was full of hits (the return of Missy Elliott, for one), and misses (the glaring omission of Outkast, among many others). Still, much of it gave us some serious hometown pride. In a move that pr ... More >>
Blast From the Past is a weekly column on Crossfade re-examining classic releases from Florida music of yesteryear. To read previous installments, click here. 2 Live CrewBanned in the USA(Luke Records) Well, it was bound to happen within these pages: 2 Live Crew. It would be downright irres ... More >>
Downtown-type promoters love booking 2 Live Crew. (It hasn't been too long since they played the Vagabond, and there were those shows at the old Studio A before that.) This always creates a magical mash-up of a crowd that falls along a very, very wide irony spectrum. The thing is, no matter wh ... More >>
This is old news, but bears repeating: The version of 2 Live Crew does not feature Luke. Ok, that's out of the way. But as the remaining members of the group -- Fresh Kid Ice and Brother Marquis -- told Miami New Times last year, that doesn't really matter. Luke was hired as a hype man anyways, they ... More >>
JipsyBest Weekly Party(((Shake))) at the Vagabond30 NE 14th St.Miami 33132305-379-0508thevagabondmiami.comHipsters love irony. But don't call the Sweat Records and ¿Que Pasa M.I.A.? crews responsible for this Thursday-night fiesta hipsters. That's totally not what they're trying to attract. T ... More >>
Shepard Fairey, the graffiti artist behind that highly stylized Obama poster you saw just about everywhere last year is preemptively suing the Associated Press. The image he used as the basis for the poster was an AP stock photo, and the AP wanted recognition and money in return. So Fairey is taking ... More >>
I guess this is a week for me listening to local DJ's get down on mix tapes. I know they aren't mix tapes anymore, but that's how I think of them. There used to be little kiosks in Manhattan that us bridge and tunnel kids would flock to in order to purchase cassettes from DJ Clue?, Tony ... More >>
The events that happen in childhood shape us, haunt us and turn us into the men and women that will lead the world. It's sociological science fact. When I borrowed a taped copy of Appetite for Destruction from Enrique Fernandez at age nine, I had no idea that 2 Live Crew and NWA were on side 2. I li ... More >>
There's something about the early music of Yo Majesty that will always have a soft spot in my heart. Back when this Tampa-based duo used to be a trio, Shunda K, Jwl B, and Shon B, were my favorite female MCs of 2007. They were butch, black, badass rappers who were sort of like a 2007 version of 2 ... More >>
Local rappers know the road to stardom is through the champagne room.
As a recent purveyor of South Florida’s finest strip clubs, I’ve been taking stock of songs that are currently getting the most spins. As some people know, strip clubs are now ground zero within certain genres to find out what tracks are hot--often before they even make it into radio rotation. M ... More >>
Jack Thompson is the Coral Gables attorney who campaigned to have 2 Live Crew's dirty rap masterpiece As Nasty As They Wanna Be taken off the shelves in Florida due to obscenity. 2 Live Crew responded with a follow-up, titled Banned in the U.S.A. Well guess who's been banned now? Thompson was disb ... More >>
He wants to set the record straight.
So Fort Lauderdale's hardest working hip-hop crew, Major League, have a brand new video that they just released a couple of days ago. They shot it, directed, and edited it themselves and the song is appropriately titled "Grustlin" since what these guys are most known for, aside from having good beat ... More >>
The original members bounce back. And without Uncle Luke, thankyouverymuch.
So Independence Day is right around the corner. Of all the music gigs taking place in South Florida over the three day weekend, arguably, the one that's creating the most buzz is 2 Live Crew's upcoming performance at the Vagabond this Thursday night. It's been awhile since a lot of people have seen ... More >>
The Cool Kids hanging with the next president. Well, it's another HOT day in Texas and the music is as hot as the temperatures. Some parts of the metro area hit 96 degrees and Austin proper was at 93 degrees today. That's a record for March 14th btw. Anyway, the music has all been solid and there ... More >>
And your mind will follow