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July 23, 1990 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Don't get fooled again by 2 Live Crew. Luther Campbell, the group's leader, may deserve support in the obscenity battles growing out of 2 Live Crew's last album, but he doesn't deserve our money for his new solo album, which will be released Tuesday. Despite the greater comic invention and the more sophisticated musical grooves this time, Campbell's basic approach continues to offer a dour, ultimately ugly view of sex.
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January 22, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell is now a high school football coach in Miami. HBO's "Real Sports" catches up with him in an interview to be aired during their show on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. PT. The players on Campbell's team weren't born when his album, "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" was declared obscene and banned. Now Campbell is a strict disciplinarian who does not allow any curse words.
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July 3, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS
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.
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May 14, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
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.
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September 8, 1990 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Hey, I'm a clean guy," Luther Campbell joked to reporters backstage at the MTV Awards show, just after he performed his protest single "Banned in the U.S.A." with his group, 2 Live Crew. But a short while later, he unleashed a fiery, profane tirade against censorship and racism that was anything but clean. Campbell has largely kept his cool through his group's obscenity battles. But during a question-and-answer session backstage at the Universal Amphitheatre Thursday, Campbell lost it.
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July 25, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Luther Campbell, the most controversial figure in pop music, is standing in the parking lot of his two-story Luke Records headquarters in a low-rent area of town. He seems reluctant to go inside because of all the phone calls. It isn't just the media on the line with more questions about why his group, 2 Live Crew, was canceling an 11-city U.S. tour (the answer: exhaustion).
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March 25, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS
Luther Campbell is a wanted man. Ever since Florida Gov. Bob Martinez tried to get Campbell's rap group 2 Live Crew and its sexually explicit "As Nasty as They Wanna Be" album prosecuted last month for violation of the state's pornography and racketeering penal codes, Campbell has been under siege. Recent rulings by district court judges in Florida's Lee and Broward counties have declared the album obscene and banned it for sale to both adults and minors.
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June 11, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Two members of the rap group 2 Live Crew were arrested early Sunday morning after an X-rated, adults-only performance in Hollywood, Fla., in the latest legal move against the group on grounds of obscenity. Group leader and producer Luther Campbell, 29, and Chris Won Wong, 21, were stopped by Broward County sheriff's deputies shortly after leaving the Futura Club about 3 a.m.
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July 23, 1990
A Wednesday concert at the Country Club in Reseda and another Friday at the Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim are among 11 dates canceled by 2 Live Crew due to the "complete exhaustion" of leader Luther Campbell. The controversial act's Los Angeles publicist said that Campbell's Miami physician has "ordered complete rest" for the performer. The local dates are are expected to be rescheduled for November.
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May 20, 1994 | From Associated Press
Some former University of Miami football players say they were offered cash for making big plays in key games from a fund partly bankrolled by players who had gone on to the NFL, the Miami Herald reported. The former Hurricane players say the cash rewards, in violation of college football rules, included up to $500 for a touchdown, the newspaper said.
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January 15, 1992 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
2 From Crew Sue: Two founding members of 2 Live Crew sued Luther Campbell, the rap group's leader, claiming he cheated them out of more than $1 million in royalties. David Hobbs, 28, and Mark Ross, 25, filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court in Miami. Last month they filed a $2-million lawsuit in a Florida court, claiming Campbell owed them royalties. Campbell has denied wrongdoing.
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November 12, 1990
How fortunate for Campbell that Counterpunch is available to him. With the help of The Times, he was able to promote his album and concerts and brag without challenge. How unfortunate for Jello Biafra that no such opportunity was available to him in 1987 when he was on trial for "obscene" artwork in the Dead Kennedys' "Frankenchrist" album. MARK HARBISON San Diego The obscenity case involving Biafra ended with a hung jury.
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October 21, 1990 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Without a serious disagreement among them, six jurors took only about two hours Saturday to eat lunch and then find three members of the rap group 2 Live Crew not guilty of violating obscenity laws in a nightclub concert performance.
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October 17, 1990 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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."
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October 11, 1990 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Prosectors and defense attorneys in the closely watched 2 Live Crew obscenity case will continue efforts to pick a jury today, drawing panelists from a pool of registered voters that is predominantly white, middle-aged and female. The defense is claiming that the prospective jurors do not adequately represent Broward County and cannot judge a black, inner-city rap group.
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June 30, 1990
With regard to Thompson's "Bruce and Luther can go to hell" comment (in Philips' "Boss Apparently OKs Crew's Use of 'U.S.A.,' " June 26): Let's see, on one hand we have Bruce Springsteen and Luther Campbell in hell, and on the other hand we presumably have Jack Thompson ascending to heaven. Never has hell been made to sound so attractive. JEFF BERKE Los Angeles
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January 15, 1992 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
2 From Crew Sue: Two founding members of 2 Live Crew sued Luther Campbell, the rap group's leader, claiming he cheated them out of more than $1 million in royalties. David Hobbs, 28, and Mark Ross, 25, filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court in Miami. Last month they filed a $2-million lawsuit in a Florida court, claiming Campbell owed them royalties. Campbell has denied wrongdoing.
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October 7, 1990
This is in regard to daily and Sunday Calendar articles over the past months that have implied that Luther Campbell of gutter-mouthed rap fame is the victim of a bigoted campaign to take away his right to free speech. Perhaps your paper will not print a few views opposing Campbell's relentlessly self-serving tactics, but Newsweek had the guts to publish some of his "lyrics" so readers could see what this man is trying to defend. He's made the rounds of talk shows and has been quoted in many newspapers about how the racist cops passed by racks of adult videos before singling out his record (2 Live Crew's "As Nasty as They Wanna Be")
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