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2 Live Crew

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Riverside, Los Angeles CA, United States (1984 – present)

2 Live Crew (also known as “The 2 Live Crew”) is a controversial group, largely known due to the sexual themes of one album: 1989’s ‘As Nasty As They Wanna Be’. It was both certified double platinum by the RIAA as well as subject to an acrimonious legal case. 2 Live Crew formed as three young men in the U.S. Air Force all met each other after they became stationed in Riverside, California in 1984.

Made up of Fresh Kid Ice (born Chris Wong Won), DJ Mr. Mixx (born David Hobbs), and Amazing V (born Yuri Vielot), the multi-racial rap group released their debut single, “Revelation”. in 1985. Published through Fresh Beat Records/Macola Records out of Hollywood, California, their track showed the fingerprints of early music. Inspired by records by hip-hop pioneers such as Afrika Bambaataa, they put the group together with the intentions of “sustaining the kick drum”.

“Revelation” achieved major success in Miami, Florida, where performer Luke Skyywalker (born Luther Campbell) and the Ghetto Style DJ’s took interest in 2 Live Crew. The group traveled to Miami to perform at Luke’s “Pac Jam” teen club, also landing live mix show slots on Steven J Grey’s WEDR radio show. In 1985, the group released a new single, called “What I Like”, on Fresh Beat/Macola.

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