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."
October 18, 1990 |
At times straining to hear, jurors began listening Wednesday to a raspy, 45-minute tape of a 2 Live Crew concert, the major piece of evidence in the prosecution's efforts to convict the Miami rap group on obscenity charges. The tape, made by vice squad detective Eugene McCloud with a microcassette recorder in his shirt pocket, was played in segments so McCloud could interpret the shouted lyrics and comments and describe crowd reaction to the jury.
May 14, 1990 |
Charging that the music industry has failed to come to his support, rap entrepreneur Luther Campbell, leader of the controversial group 2 Live Crew, called Saturday in Los Angeles for major record companies to boycott stores that refuse to carry his records.
July 3, 1990 |
A Los Angeles federal judge has sent a letter to film director George Lucas' attorneys, asking Lucasfilm Ltd. to file a contempt proceeding against Luther Campbell, leader of the controversial rap group 2 Live Crew.q In the letter, U.S. District Court Judge James Ideman charged that Campbell may have violated the judge's May 9 order barring the rapper from using the name Luke Skywalker, a licensed trademark owned by Lucas.
November 10, 1990 |
Obscenity charges against the 142-store Sound Warehouse chain were dropped Thursday in Dallas after the corporation agreed not to restock 2 Live Crew's "As Nasty as They Wanna Be" album. Terry Worrell, president of Sound Warehouse--the first chain ever to be cited at the corporate level for distributing obscene music--said he was relieved that the prosecution was over.
October 17, 1990 |
A prosecutor warned a jury of four women and two men Tuesday that they would hear "graphic depictions of sexual conduct . . . violent sex acts, and women being abused . . . " during the landmark obscenity trial of the controversial rap group 2 Live Crew. The attorney for band leader Luther Campbell countered that "certainly (the songs) are sexually related, but sex is not verboten in this country. This is not about offending people. This is about a legal test."