The 2 Live Crew's debut album, The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are, was released in 1986.Alex Henderson of Allmusic commented that the album "did take sexually explicit rap lyrics to a new level of nastiness", with tracks such as "We Want Some Pussy" and "Throw the 'D'".Campbell changed his stage name to Luke (and changed the record label's name to Luke Records) and the group released an extremely political follow-up album, Banned in the U. A., after obtaining permission to use an interpolation of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U. Mixx re-formed again to record "Hoochie Mama" for the soundtrack of 1995 movie Friday. Mixx, and Brother Marquis who then left Luke and Luke Records to go to Lil' Joe Records and released Shake a Lil' Somethin' (1996) without Luther Campbell.It peaked at number 145 on the Billboard 200, also peaking at number 33 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Mixx left soon after, leaving Fresh Kid Ice and Brother Marquis to record The Real One in 1998.In 1990, action was taken at the local level and Nick Navarro, Broward County sheriff, received a ruling from County Circuit Court judge Mel Grossman that probable cause for obscenity violations existed. Charles Freeman, a local retailer, was arrested two days later, after selling a copy to an undercover police officer. After international exposure with support from freedom of speech advocates like SCREW magazine's Al Goldstein and many others, they were acquitted soon after, as professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Mixx (David Hobbs) with fellow rappers Fresh Kid Ice (Chris Wong Won), and Amazing Vee (Yuri Vielot).In 2017, Fresh Kid Ice left the group to relaunch Chinaman Records as well as stating on his Facebook page that he was fed-up with the label keeping their new music unreleased, while making false announcement of their release. The Chinaman was the first solo album by Fresh Kid Ice.Fresh Kid Ice was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. At the age of 12 he moved from Trinidad & Tobago to Brooklyn, New York. Tilden High School, and that summer he joined the U. It was released in 1992 by Effect Records, a division of Luke Records.Freeman's conviction was overturned on appeal as well."A lot of people have gotten the impression that I'm this rude sexual deviant or something," Campbell told journalist Chuck Philips.