2 Live Crew, Is What We Are

Hua Hsu

By Hua Hsu

on 05.22.11 in Reviews

Is What We Are

2 Live Crew

Rap had gone viral by the mid ’80s, and Miami’s 2 Live Crew were among the first to tweak its formulas in perverse, new ways. Their gold-certified debut demonstrated that you didn’t need to be dexterous rappers or ace storytellers to move the crowd. Sometimes you just needed to take it a few steps beyond raw, as they did on the frat row shout-along “We Want Some Pussy,” the woodpecker funk of “Get it Girl” or the sinister classic “Throw the ‘D’.” They would eventually become unlikely champions of the First Amendment, beholden as they were to their own image and profits rather than the hierarchy of a major label.