Still nasty

By BRIAN COLEMAN  |  July 18, 2007

The last music they produced in California was a song that paid tribute to their new patron, Luke Skyywalker: “Trow the D[ick].” Mixx says of the song, which he claims is the first Miami bass record of all time, “It was a dance at the time down in Miami, and in appreciation to Luke for getting us gigs, we wanted to do a tribute record. We took the dance they was doing and Chris [Fresh Kid Ice] wrote some lyrics. I did the music based on ‘Dance to the Drummer’s Beat’ [by Herman Kelly], which was a break that Luke and them always used to play, and I scratched in some Dolemite stuff. Ghetto Style DJs didn’t produce the record, but they inspired it.”

Luke tried to persuade record labels in Miami, including Pretty Tony’s popular Music Specialists imprint, to press the song up, but they wouldn’t. So Luke decided to go for it himself, and the Luke Skyywalker Records empire began. Mixx claims that “Trow the D” went on to sell 200,000 records, which would most certainly be a mind-bogglingly large number for a start-up indie. Luke explains how this was the beginning of the true 2 Live Crew era: “Our first real single, ‘Trow the D,’ kind of started all the sex stuff, combined with the fact that Mixx and I both had a thing for comedians like Redd Foxx and Rudy Ray Moore [a/k/a Dolemite]. In order to be different, we couldn’t be coming like Run-DMC and all them New York rappers, so we did the adult comedy thing.

“There was no turning back at that point, because in the music biz you can’t put out one record independently and expect to get your money [from distributors] from that one record. I had to put out another record, because they wanted a steady flow.” The label’s second release was an answer record to their own label debut recorded by Luke’s cousin Anquette and called “Trow the P[ussy].” “She had never rapped before in her life,” Luke laughs. “After those two records, I was like: ‘Yeah, let’s do this.’ It was another challenge for me, and I like challenges. I started that label out of my mother’s wash house, and those records were sold out of the back seat of a Honda.”

By all accounts, early 2 Live Crew shows weren’t anything to write home about. The MCs were serious, they did their lines, Mixx blew minds with his innovative turntable skills, and they left. Luke, watching from the wings, slowly went from manager to on-stage instigator. He explains: “When I got involved, I didn’t really want to be in the group, I was just trying to help them out. Their live show wasn’t no different than any other rap group out there; they’d just walk up and down on stage and do their songs. And when I went on the road with them, the shows really started to get boring to me. So I was like: ‘All right, let me get up here and start some shit.’ So I’d get up there and do what people today call a hype man. Before me there wasn’t no hype man.”

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