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Album Review

Although the 2 Live Crew's debut album, 2 Live Is What We Are, went gold and sold more than 500,000 copies in the U.S., the LP wasn't without its detractors. Some New York hip-hoppers argued that Luther Campbell and his associates were pandering to the lowest common denominator, and everyone from church groups to feminists argued that their X-rated booty rhymes were nothing more than pornography with a beat. But the Crew's fans didn't care what their critics had to say, which is why their second album, Move Somthin', was also a big seller. Anyone who found 2 Live Is What We Are offensive was unlikely to be converted by Move Somthin'; booty rhymes like "HBC," "One and One" (an X-rated interpretation of the Kinks' "All Day and All of the Night") and "S&M" are as crude and sexually explicit as anything on the group's previous album. "S&M," as its title indicates, is an ode to kinky sex. The 2 Live Crew was hardly the first group to address the subject of bondage and sado-masochism — back in 1967, the Velvet Underground's "Venus in Furs" was among the kinkier rock songs of its day. Some of the Ohio Players' pre-Mercury album covers employed S&M/bondage imagery, and the 1980s heavy metal band Bitch had a female lead vocalist who loved to sing about the pleasures of being a whip-toting dominatrix. But kinky sex hasn't been a prominent subject in hip-hop, and "S&M" is unusually kinky for rap. Of course, the Crew didn't need to rap about whips and chains to offend people; even without "S&M," this LP would have been X-rated. Move Somthin' was trashed by the Crew's critics, but those who aren't offended by X-rated humor will find it to be a thoroughly entertaining sophomore effort.

Customer Reviews

kool keith says thanks...

still a banger! kickin that miami bass like there ain't no tomorrow.. all props due to the 2 live crew.

Track 9

I guess track nine Do Wah Diddy was a bit much even for Itunes. :)

a tru classic

Luke and the boys from MIA did something that few have done. They created a new style of hip hop music . From the deep , bass driven ,up tempo tracks to their "slick" lyrics , Skyywalker Records ( Luke Records now) was the grand daddy to much of the Souths 808 sound. Move Somethin' was a breakthrough for them. This album was a little more polished from their first and way more wild. Many of their songs sounded like they were made for the clubs, or just crusin in the drop. The production is great and djs, especially, need to check out Mr Mixx cause he catches wreck on Mega Mixx 2. Like NWA and Too $hort, the 2 Live Crew was a sign of the times and helped to bring their region a signature sound. They were the first independent record companies to really make some serious cash. New Yorkers needed recognize the Boys from "The Bottom". -DJ Mystic1, Union Made Productions, Las Vegas.

Biography

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...
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