November 9, 1993 |
In 1989, Luther Campbell, leader of the rap group "2 Live Crew," wrote his own version of the late Roy Orbison's 1964 classic, "Oh, Pretty Woman." Initially, the two songs sound the same. A pretty woman is spotted walking down the street. But where Orbison's lyrics conjure up a fantasy of longing and fulfillment, the rapper tells a more brutal tale. On second glance, the pretty woman turns out to be "a big hairy woman."
July 2, 1992 |
Omaha officials have dropped obscenity charges against two record retail chains after they agreed to stop selling sexually explicit albums by Miami rap group 2 Live Crew to minors. The controversial case was dismissed late Tuesday after representatives for Trans World Music Corp.
May 9, 1992 |
Despite a U.S. appellate court reversal of a 1990 Florida ruling that had declared a 2 Live Crew rap album obscene, Omaha officials vowed Friday to press forward with their own pornography trial involving the group's music.
May 8, 1992 |
The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Thursday overturned a 1990 federal ruling that declared obscene a sexually explicit album by the Miami rap group 2 Live Crew. According to the appellate court, no evidence was presented in the June, 1990, Ft. Lauderdale trial to prove that the group's controversial "As Nasty as They Wanna Be" album is without serious artistic value, an obscenity definition previously adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court.
April 23, 1992 |
Obscenity charges were filed Wednesday in Omaha, Neb., against two of the nation's largest record retail chains for selling albums by Miami rap group 2 Live Crew to minors. A total of six criminal counts were filed against Musicland and Trans World Music Corp., as well as an Omaha retailer, after store employees allegedly sold copies of the group's "Sports Weekend" album to underage customers. The record carries a music industry label that says "Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics."
March 9, 1991 |
A Cincinnati rap concert targeted by police for possible obscenity prosecution was canceled late Thursday by the arena manager because of insufficient insurance coverage. John Nath, vice president and general manager of the Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum, blamed the promoter's failure to meet insurance requirements, not pressure from the police, for the cancellation of "Rap Jam '91," scheduled for tonight.