Get ready to pull out your "Me So Horny," "Pop That Coochie," and "We Want Some Pussy" dance moves, because the 2 Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice, Brother Marquis, and Uncle Luke are reuniting for "one night only" this Thanksgiving's Eve at LIV Miami.
The crew has not performed with the four members that made those songs famous since November 1991 in Houston, Texas, where they played with the Geto Boys.
Stanley Cobble, former Luke Records Southwest region record promoter, was there for that show, and he knows just how powerful they are when all their forces are aligned. Here's what he had to say about Miami Bass, records and tapes, and the dancers.
Crossfade: How'd you get down with the 2 Live Crew?
Stanley Cobble: Luke was based from his mom's house. He mailed me 300 records and sent me 500 dollars and a box of records for myself. He said, "Get these records to your DJ friends in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Killeen, and everywhere else. Then go to the retail stores and make sure they get the one-sheet for the 12-inch. Texas was like the second spot the Crew blew up in for record sales and shows.
How did that Miami Bass sound get responded to in Texas?
It was a new sound, 'cause at the time New York dictated Texas, from Eric B and Rakim to Run D.M.C. But when 2 Live came out, it was something new. Everybody in Houston and Dallas grew up on 2 Live Crew. I talked to DJ Screw before he passed away; he wanted to Screw and Chop the whole 2 Live Crew catalog. They helped the whole South see that they could do it independently, and after 2 Live Crew, a lot of people did.
What was the scene like?
I had just got out of high school and was working as a DJ for all the Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha parties at UT in Austin. I also managed the Playland Skating Rink every summer. I had Sunday nights there doing 800 to 1,000 people every week. The first major artist to come through and do a signing was Fresh Kid Ice. He came and did autographs and introduced himself to Austin. That became his second home. Not much later, he started a store there called Miami Bass Records and Tapes.
What did you think of the girls?
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I came up as an athlete in high school, and I started DJing early in life, so I was used to being around lots of girls. But goin' on tour with 2 Live Crew, women were coming from all different directions. Then I thought, "These must just be slut girls," but from talking to them in the lobby of the hotel, they were doctors and lawyers and everything. It was wild because in the South, the law enforcement didn't agree with what they were about. Each show was a situation where someone could go to jail.
How did the dancers get down?
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I could see the look on their face when they were dancing onstage and saw someone they liked out in the crowd. The next morning, you would see about three or four guys leaving the hotel from the girl's room. They were doin' ménage à trois and all that. The radio DJs were always trying to make the dancers their girlfriend. These girls was nymphomaniacs and freaks.
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Uncle Luke and 2 Live Crew Reunion. As part of Dirty Hairy. Wednesday, November 26. LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The show starts at 11 p.m., and tickets cost $40 plus fees for women and $60 plus fees for men via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-674-4680, or visit livnightclub.com.