Banned in the USA

Banned in the USA

by 2 Live Crew2 Live Crew


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When Florida attorney Jack Thompson did everything he could to have the X-rated music of 2 Live Crew outlawed, his assault on the First Amendment led many free speech advocates to take up the group's cause. Thompson's actions inspired quite a bit of anger from both white liberals and African-American rappers, who saw something obscene about a prosperous lawyer declaring war on a young black entrepreneur who had avoided the pitfalls of Miami's Liberty City ghetto. Luke was under attack for doing the very thing Republicans consistently advocate -- using free enterprise to pull himself up by the bootstraps. Ironically, many of those who defended his First Amendment rights had little or no use for his lyrics. Banned in the USA, the Crew's first album for a major label and its first after the battle with Thompson, is for many, a guilty pleasure. Say what you will about Luke's high school locker-room lyrics; the Crew's Miami bass rap can be quite catchy, infectious, and amusing. Many New York hip-hoppers were quick to criticize the fast tempos employed by Miami rappers like Luke, but the fact that they did it their own way instead of emulating Northeastern MCs is something to admire instead of lambast.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/1996
Label: Lil Joe Records
UPC: 0022471011521
catalogNumber: 115
Rank: 110705


Album Credits

Performance Credits

2 Live Crew   Primary Artist
Luther Campbell   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Denver A. Wright   Vocals

Technical Credits

Luther Campbell   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
2 Live Crew   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Mixx   Engineer
Ted Stein   Engineer
Rodney "Kool Kollie" Terry   Producer
Jeff J.T. Thompkins   Composer
Luke   Producer,Engineer
Ron Taylor   Engineer
Richard Griffin   Composer
Carl Dorsey   Producer
Denver A. Wright   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Mike "Fresh" McCray   Producer
Big Tony   Composer
Tony Fisher   Producer
O.D.S.   Producer

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