No rap group save, perhaps, N. 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 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 supporting their freedom of speech on the one hand, but often finding little artistic merit in their music. And they were indeed crude and coarse, and frequently misogynistic by most standards; even if they fit squarely into a tradition of raunchy, sexually explicit black comedy Redd Foxx , Rudy Ray Moore , Blowfly , etc. Despite or, more likely, because of that fact, the 2 Live Crew were fairly popular even before all the uproar and benefited greatly at first from all the publicity, although later on the novelty perhaps wore off due to overexposure. Regardless of whether one enjoys their sense of humor, to focus only on the controversy ignores the 2 Live Crew 's musical contributions. They were responsible for popularizing the booming, hard-driving sound of Miami bass music, and they were the founding fathers of a populist, dance-oriented rap subgenre that relied on simple, explicit chants and up-tempo rump-shaking grooves, appropriately dubbed "booty rap. Mixx born David Hobbs , and Amazing V. The trio released their debut single, "Revelation," in and its popularity in Florida led the group -- sans Amazing V -- to move to Miami, and after second single "What I Like," they were joined by Brother Marquis born Mark Ross.
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The 2 Live Crew was an American hip hop group from Miami , United States which had its greatest commercial success in the late s to the early s. Fronted by Luke Campbell , they were considerably controversial in the U. The 2 Live Crew, although seen as a main fixture in the Miami hip-hop scene, actually got their start in California and was created by DJ Mr. The group released its first single, "Revelation", on its own label "Fresh Beat Records" in The A-side of "Revelation" contained a song by the same where the only rapper featured was Amazing Vee, and on the B-Side it contained a song named "2 Live" where Fresh Kid Ice was the only rapper featured. Also due to the subsequent success of 2 Live Crew, this made Fresh Kid Ice the first rapper to be noted in Asian American in hip hop , and the first Asian rapper to gain notoriety. Amazing Vee was only credited as writer, and left the group shortly after. The single "Throw The D" released in January gave a permanent blueprint to how future Miami bass songs were written and produced. Mixx as he is credited to be the architect of the genre.