Call of Booty: 2 Live Crew Reunite for Summer Tour
Luke says the rumors are true at his Sundance appearance
The Fuck Shop is back in business! Southern rap pioneers and First Amendment champions 2 Live Crew are reuniting for a summer tour, according to mouthpiece Luther Campbell, who announced the news during his Saturday Sundance appearance. As the group’s label-owner, co-producer and occasional defendant in court during their heyday, Luke hasn’t teamed with the other members of 2 Live since their NSFW 1995 collabo “Hootchie Mama”; while Fresh Kid Ice, Brother Marquis and Mr. Mixx have been leading various incarnations under the 2 Live banner for years. The four core members reunited last year for the VH1 Hip Hop Honors, performing for the first time in 13 years and sparking talk of a summer reunion tour that never came to fruition — so basically don’t count your chickens until they’re screaming “Dick Almighty” in a crowded club.
While best known for the raunchy megahit “Me So Horny,” 2 Live Crew’s legacy is best known for Luke’s empresario role that launched Southern rap in the 1980s, the trunk-rattling boom that helped spawn bass music, and at least two trips to the Supreme Court fighting for our rights to rap dirty and the fair use of parody. Luke was at Sundance promoting Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, which combines an autobiographical look at his rise to fame with a Troma-style nuclear meltdown story and MoMA-ready puppet show cut-outs from artist Jillian Meyer. We’ve only seen 52 seconds of it but can decisively say it’s better than Melancholia.