This album is so notorious that even the Supreme Court gave it props. As Nasty As They Wanna Be is the standard-bearer for music that treats the moral fabric of America like a clean-up rag. More than just woofer-destroying 808s, mystifying amounts of misogyny and swear words that rhyme, Nasty is 18 reckless experiments that turn every hip-hop microtrend circa 1989 into a delirious locker-room goof. The legitimate pop hit "Me So Horny" overshadows the real silliness going on. There's a hip-house parody ("Get the Fuck Out of My House"), a naughty go-go stomper ("Bad Ass Bitch"), some Jamaica-baiting reggae-rap ("Reggae Joint"), some truly inexplicable no-bar blues (the gloriously tuneless "2 Live Blues") and even a dance number for the brothers with the funny haircuts ("Get Loose Now"). The dour robots in Kraftwerk probably broke into a hearty human laugh when they found out they were the backbone for a song called "Dick Almighty." Nasty was the big bang (or big boom as it were) for the Dirty South, predating crunk's hard-rock affinity by irresponsibly lifting riffs from Eddie, Jimi, Slash and, um, whoever the guy from Nazareth was… 2 Live Crew even use the word "skeet" on record 15 years before Dave Chappelle told white people what it meant!
By Hua Hsu on 05.22.11 in Reviews
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 st...
By Dan Epstein on 04.22.11 in Reviews
There's something for everyone on your list at Luke's Sex Shop! A 2 Live Crew Christmas album in all but name, this nasty-ass 1994 album shows Luke Skyywalker and the boys getting into the holiday spirit by dangl...
By Jon Caramanica on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Let Me Take You to the Rockhouse is a document of a time where hip-hop was uncertain of its next move. Maybe Southern rappers would prove their lyrical dominance: "P.W.Y.P. (Practice What You Preach)" compellin...
By Marc Hogan on 02.27.15 in News
The music will keep playing without commercial interruption. For now. On Thursday, the U.S. telecom watchdog voted to adopt tougher rules that would treat broadband internet service as a public utility, like landline...