Legendary Miami hip-hop outfit, 2 Live Crew, announced recently they have have reunited and will be heading on this road this summer for a tour.
Frontman Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell revealed the news at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Saturday (January 21), where he was in attendance to promote a short film titled “The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke.”
While details regarding the 2 Live Crew reunion/tour were scarce, Luke told the Associated Press that he “just can’t wait to just start practicing” with his old group.
He said the group will “perform the songs and everybody’s going to be excited.”
“Some of the older people of our generation will be able to tell their kids, ‘You’re staying home tonight, we’re going to see 2 Live Crew and shake our booty,” Luke added.
Although 2 Live Crew have been around since the mid-1980s, garnering attention locally in Florida, it wasn’t until the release of their 1989 album, As Nasty as They Wanna Be, that they became a national success.
Thanks to their sexually explicit lyrics, the group garnered notoriety as the target of a national anti-obscenity campaign, which culminated in the arrest of three of the group’s members in 1990. They were soon acquitted of the obscenity charges, partly on the strength of expert testimony from Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
They also tested the right to Freedom of Speech, and largely contributed to the birth of the infamous Parental Advisory warning stickers still seen on albums today.
As Nasty as They Wanna Be went on to sell more than two million copies, but the group’s popularity faded with subsequent albums, and members gradually went their separate ways.
Tour dates for the 2 Live Crew reunion are to be announced. Stay tuned…