While 2pac was in jail, Suge Knight mocked Puff Daddy at an award show, raising tensions between the East Coast & West Coast rap communities. When 2pac came out of jail, he teamed up with Suge Knight to battle Notorious BIG and Puff Daddy!
The Dogg Pound had a video titled "New York, New York" where they are shown as larger-than-life human stomping around New York and knocking down buildings (this was before 9/11). Mobb Deep took it personally, and responded with "LA LA".
2pac got involved and insulted Mobb Deep along with Notorious BIG, Puff Daddy, Junior Mafia and anyone else who was too friendly with them.
As we all know, 2pac and Notorious BIG died, and tensions between East and West Coast rap communities had to be calmed.
Mobb Deep continued on, this time making singles that hit the pop charts. For example, in 1999, Mobb Deep teamed up with Lil Kim for their biggest hit "Quiet Storm". Lil Kim had the hottest verse, with "hot dam ho, here we go again"
Mobb Deep had their love ballad w/ R& B group 112
Mobb Deep later stepped out of their New York comfort zone, and worked with rappers from different regions and diversifying their sound. The best and least expected collaboration was with Atlanta's Lil Jon, who was the King of Crunk. It definitely brought a different sound for Mobb Deep!
Mobb Deep had this collabo with Twista, with the horror movie score
they also had a pop rap track with Missy Elliott and Nelly w/ sampled
They also teamed with 50 Cent's G-Unit, which had the club hits "Outta Control" and "Have a Party" (w/Nate Dogg)
Prodigy had a lifetime struggle with sickle-cell anemia, an inherited disease that affects the blood cell's ability to carry oxygen through the body.
Prodigy expressed his struggles with sickle-cell anemia with his solo song "You Can Never Feel My Pain"
2.) Fresh Kid Ice
Fresh Kid Ice was part of 2 Live Crew, along with Brother Marquis, Mr. Mixx (who was the DJ) and Uncle Luke (who as explained later in the post, didn't last long in the group and became a star in his own right)
Fresh Kid Ice was of African & Chinese ancestries. He was the first major rap star of Asian ancestry, and led the way for many Asian (and part-Asian) rappers like Far East Movement, PSY, Tyga, appl.de.app (of Black Eyed Peas), Sticky Fingaz (from Onyx), Roscoe Umali and Nicki Minaj.
And like Nicki Minaj, Fresh Kid Ice was born in Trinidad & Tobago and moved to the US as a kid. He spent his younger years moving around a lot, going from New York to California.
Fresh Kid Ice was in the US Air Force and was stationed in California where he met Brother Marquis (another person who moved from New York to California) and Mr Mixx. They eventually found their way to Miami, which would be the homebase for their group 2 Live Crew.
Miami in the 1980s was notorious for many things: parties, drugs, gangs and riots. Even the local college football team (University of Miami Hurricanes) had the bad-boy image, with it's street tough dudes who talked trash and did end-zone dances.
2 Live Crew fit right in to that environment.
There, they also met Luther Campbell (aka Uncle Luke), a tall, loud entrepreneur who owned Luke Records. He signed them to his label and made himself a member. He wasn't much of rapper, more of a guy that chanted their song's chorus in a real loud and hyped voice. Sort of like Lil Jon before there was a Lil Jon.
However, the other members of 2 Live Crew eventually got fed up with their contract and left Luke Records. They joined Lil Joe Records. Meanwhile, Uncle Luke had a successful solo career!
Yes, it's hard to believe now in the 21st Century that there was a time when South wasn't even much of a factor in hip-hop. The South just dominates the entire hip-hop scene now. Even rappers from the outside copy the Southern hip-hop style into their music.
But that all unheard of until 2 Live Crew came in.
2 Live Crew introduced the world to the Southern style of rap, but more specifically in their case .....booty music :)
As the name says it, booty music is all about shaking your booty! The music had fast beats that gets everyone to dance floor showing their wild sexual side. Even the most introverted aren't immune to the effects of the beat of booty music! :)
Booty music became the ultimate party music of the late 80s and the 1990s. Other rappers from the South joined the booty music scene, including but not limited to 69 Boyz, 95 South, DJ Laz, Tag Team, Quad City DJs, Kinsu, Afro-Rican, Dis N Dat, and more!
Later, other Southern cities developed their own styles of party-styled hip-hop, including "bounce music" from New Orleans and "crunk music" from Atlanta. By the late 90s, the South was the place to be! (something that was hard to say before the Civil Rights Movement ended Jim Crow).
But it wasn't just the fast beats and loud voices that made 2 Live Crew stand out! It was also their very raunchy style of humor, with lots of references to sexual body parts and nasty sex acts! Their lyrics offended both the Religious Right (who dominated the political scene in the South) as well as the Feminists (who didn't find their humor in many sexual fantasies expressed in their lyrics).
At the time, Tipper Gore was leading the crusade against offensive lyrics from many rock & rap musicians. Her intended long-term goal was to get both conservative and feminists to support her husband Al Gore who was a rising star of the Democrat Party. But what she really did was alienating the younger generation who would eventually become future voters.
Meanwhile, conservative politicians banned "obscene music" from being sold in several counties in the South. 2 Live Crew was even arrested for performing their songs in one Florida town
This made 2 Live Crew into the new leaders of the Free Speech movement.
All the notoriety from the censors made 2 Live Crew more popular. At the same time, rap artists like Ice-T and NWA, as well as rock artists like Slayer were enjoying the free publicity gained from all the complaints from the censors. They refused to apologize for their music, which made them superheroes to the younger generation.
Ironically, in the 2010s, there has been a new group of censors called the So-called Justice Warriors (SJWs) who lead aggressive campaigns against "microaggressions", "cultural appropriation" and anything that isn't "politically correct". Just like the Religious Right, the SJWs have no sense of humor, making them easy targets of ridicule. Their aggressive foot-stomping and storming of speeches by guest speakers were meant to scare people. But what it's REALLY doing is making super-stars of outrageous speakers like Milo Yiannopolous (aka Milo) and Bill Maher who revel in all the free publicity!
Enough of the censors, let's go over some hits by 2 Live Crew.
I try to keep my blog "family friendly", but as you know 2 Live Crew is known for being "family friendly", so I'll just link to "clean versions" of their songs
This was their 1st major hit, "Me So Horny", which sampled a catchphrase of a Vietnamese sex worker from the "Full Metal Jacket" movie.
Here's "Banned in the USA", 2 Live Crew's response to all the censors. The song sampled Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA
All the censorship pansies, including the Religious Right Fascists and the Politically Correct So-called Justice Pansy Warriors should listen to this song!
Here's Mama Juanita, which sampled Santana's "Oye Como Va"
If you ever wonder why so many dance to songs with degrading lyrics, the drum beats of the next song can get even the most uptight person onto the dance floor and totally ignore that song is telling women "you ain't nothing but a Hoochie Mama". That sounds so rude! Nothing against women who fit the "hoochie" stereotype, but I'm sure there's to them than just her hoochie style! But even the most hardcore feminist can't resist the drum beats to this song!
And here's the ultimate party jam of all time, the song that should be required to played at EVERY party in the Universe!
A party should NEVER go without THAT song!
I was very fortunate to be in high school when that song was popular! That song (plus the Hoochie Mama song) got played at our school dances :) It was a magic moment, it was legendary! :)
Pablo the Mad Tiger Warrior (aka Me) has this suggestion for the entertainment world
With movies already made about NWA, Notorious BIG and 2pac, there has been talk of making more, with people wanting a film about Snoop & the Dogg Pound or about Wu-Tang Clan!
What I really want to see is a movie about 2 Live Crew! It's not just their music or their wild parties. There was real controversy about them when they first became popular! Politicians wanted to censor them, activists of all types (religious right-wingers, radical feminists, etc) objected to their music! Plus, they had business conflicts with Uncle Luke! Plus, with their personalities, you'll know there'll be some funny moments in the movie!
We need that film!