*Pioneering rapper, Luther Campbell, better known as Uncle Luke, recently lashed out about VHI’s upcoming “Hip-Hop Honors,” saying the network is misrepresenting him.
In a Vibe interview, the rapper unleashed his fury.
“This year I’m supposed to be honored, but they only want to honor me as a
member of the 2 Live Crew,” Luke Campbell said in an interview. “They want
to honor Master P for his business savvy and they want to honor Jermaine Dupri for his business savvy and I’m kind of offended by that. We have basically been talking it out, but it’s just so sad that people just don’t know my history. They try to link me with a group and not see me as a businessman. Luke Records was the first independent black owned record company owned by a rapper. We were the first to distribute our own product. There’s just so many first…For an organization like VH1 to try to say I’m just the first person to go to the Supreme Court over music censorship and be a part of the 2 Live Crew…I told them the other day, ‘Just go f*ck yourself.’ We were even the first to have a street team…I don’t want to be a part of it unless you honor what I’ve done in a proper way. I’ve never asked anyone to do anything. But when you ask me to be a part of something, I’m not going to let you disrespect me.”
But wait there’s more! The rapper recently won a court case regarding his use of Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman.” The case went to the Supreme Court, where the judge ruled, “a parody of record can qualify as ‘fair use,'” according to allhiphop.com.
VHI Hip-Hop Honors: The Dirty South will air some time in June for the seventh go-round. This year the tribute will recognize some of the South’s most infamous rappers and pioneers of Hip-Hop, including J Prince of Rap-A-Lot Records.