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2 Live Crew

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Riverside, Los Angeles CA, United States (1983 – present)

2 Live Crew is a controversial rap group, largely due to the sexual themes of one album, As Nasty As They Wanna Be (1989).

The 2 Live Crew formed as three men in the Air-Force all became stationed in Riverside California in 1983. Inspired by Planet Rock and Pretty Tony records, they put the group together with the intentions of “sustaining the kick drum”. They recorded their first release in 1984 which became a staple of Luke Skywalker and The Ghetto Style DJ’s in Miami. The group travelled 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. Shortly after, Amazing V left the group and Fresh Kid Ice along with Mr. Mixx moved to Miami, hiring Luke Skyywalker as their manager. In 1986, the act was hired to perform WEDR’s Dade County Youth Fair, adding fellow California rapper Brother Marquis of The Caution Crew, and recorded the opening song to their album live. After realizing their shows lacked stage presence, they decided to add Luke to the group as a stage hypeman. Reacting to the crowd’s dirty dancing they saw in Miami, they responded by recording suggestive music, which evolved into full fleged x-rated music. Once major labels came to Luke in hopes of recruiting the group away from Luke Skyywalker Records, Luke finally clamped down and had the group sign contracts. On the heels of “As Nasty as they Wanna Be”, Luke decided to record an album in his own name with the massive aid of 2 Live Crew.

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