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Although Luther Campbell is long gone, 2 Live Crew remain the same, turning out the same lewd rhymes and bass-heavy grooves as they did in the eight-six. Which means, of course, that The Real One may indeed satisfy some fans of the group, since it delivers what the Crew always delivers, yet some longtime listeners will have to admit that the porn-rap schtick ran out of steam long ago. Nevertheless, there's a handful of cuts that have a strong enough groove to satisfy the needs of hardcore fans who just want to hear some new material from their favorite groups.


Formed: 1985 in California

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

No rap group (save, perhaps, N.W.A) has stirred more controversy or provoked more heated debate than the 2 Live Crew. The furor over the graphic sexual content of their X-rated party rhymes -- specifically their 1989 album As Nasty as They Wanna Be -- was a major catalyst in making rap music a flash point for controversy and an easily visible target for self-appointed moral guardians. The fierce attacks on the group's First Amendment rights put many of their defenders in an awkward position -- passionately...
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