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2 Live Crew's Brother Marquis on New Album, Turn Me On, and Three Decades of Dirty Rap

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On the topic of freedom of speech, can we go through some of your verses on different songs? Let's start with a classic:

From "Face Down, Ass Up"

Grip it with your pussy, go up and down

I got her callin' my name out when I'm freakin' out

I bust a nut, and then I'm breakin' out

So when you're naked, down on all fours

You better make sure that you get yours

'Cause a nigga like me will love ya and leave ya

I got mine, ho! SEE YA!

Did you write that or just perform it?

I wrote that.

How'd you come up with it?

Oh, man, fuckin' around, you know. It was like, I got mine, see ya. Be fuckin' girls and bustin' a nut and goin' to sleep. Haha.

Where'd you record it?

We had a studio on 71st street in Liberty City. I wrote it in the studio. When we did that album, we never did have a lot of people around. We always kind of worked alone, never an entourage. Mr. Mixx liked to work by hisself. We worked at night. It was a lot of tension on that album with Luther feelin' himself on that "Banned in the U.S.A." But we were so hot that it came out and it went gold.

Alright, here's another one:

From "Me So Horny"

Sitting at home with my dick on hard

So I got the black book for a freak to call

Picked up the telephone, then dialed the seven digits

Said, "Yo, this Marquis, baby! Are you down with it?"

I arrived at her house, knocked on the door

Not having no idea of what the night had in store

I'm like a dog in heat, a freak without warning

I have an appetite for sex, 'cause me so horny

Did you come up with that verse?

I wrote every lyric on that record. When we used to do concerts and go back to the room, that movie Full Metal Jacket always used to be on the TV. I used to mess around with the Asian lady's line, "Me so horny," just clownin' around and Mr. Mixx put it to record.

How'd you come up with the lyrics?

I was sittin' at home with my dick on hard, literally. That was some true shit. I was sittin' at home, watchin Arsenio Hall. I was discovering myself sexually with a lot of nice lookin' chicks and it all came into play.

Where were you living back then?

Probably on 135th and Biscayne. I had some nice lookin' girls. A lot of pretty girls. I would meet 'em like in the street, just ridin' around, man. Meet 'em at the club or see 'em in the street, pull over and start talking to them. Goin' out campaignin' for bitches.

What car were you driving?

When I wrote that, I had an '83 Buick Regal with trues and vogues on it. Yup. And I had that crush interior, the velvet pillow crush, with about four 12s in the trunk. Back in the '80s, you know we was rollin' with that bass. That's when we had the fans in the trunk, otherwise the amps would get so hot they start clickin' and cut off.

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