Luther Campbell talks sex-rap, censorship and racism
His music was labelled legally obscene — but Luther "Luke" Campbell didn't flinch. The 2 Live Crew member says his band stuck by their explicit lyrics, despite the threat of jail time.
That 90s court case wound up making waves in wider culture. The rap group's successful defense of their right to be as nasty as they wanna be set the stage for future controversial acts.
Decades after that game-changing decision, Campbell joins Shad to discuss his memoir, The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and Liberty City.
2. Their use of Roy Orbison's Oh, Pretty Woman, and ensuing Supreme court case, helped legitimise the commercial use of parody songs, paving the way for cultural phenoms Weird Al Yankovic and Saturday Night Live.
3. They pioneered the Miami bass party sound that would later give us Tag Team, Quad City DJs, Lil Jon and LMFAO, among others.
4. Hate it or love it, 2 Live Crew helped make parties at clubs and beaches staple backdrops for hip-hop music videos (see pretty much every video posted above).