February 6, 2009
Nasty Turns 20
Rap music is no stranger to controversy. In the genre’s early days, trailblazers such as Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC and Beastie Boys shook the music establishment plenty over the question of decency. But all bets were off in early 1989 when The 2 Live Crew released As Nasty As They Wanna Be.
With its racy album cover and its most conspicuous hit “Me So Horny”, Nasty made it to the courts and was ruled obscene by a Florida judge. Shortly after the ruling, arrests were made to shop owners selling the album not to mention the group itself during a performance. A later ruling overturned the decision, but the album’s place in music history had been secured: the first album ever to be deemed legally obscene in the U.S.
The Crew and this seminal album in particular opened the door for many of hip hop & rap’s most shocking artists. From Ice-T to Public Enemy in the early 90s, the East-West Coast rap rivalries of 2Pac and Notorious B.I.G., and more recently, the stylings of Eminem and 50 Cent.
February 7 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of As Nasty As They Wanna Be. Me love you long time, indeed.
Posted by Dennis at 10:44 am