*Luther Campbell has announced that his former rap group 2 Live Crew, famous for lewd party hits such as “Me So Horny” and “Pop that Coochie,” has reunited and will head out for a tour this summer.
Uncle Luke announced the news on Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, where he is promoting a short film called “The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke.”
2 Live Crew’s 1989 album “As Nasty as They Wanna Be” gained notoriety as the target of a national anti-obscenity campaign, which culminated in the arrest of three of the group’s members in 1990. They were soon acquitted of the obscenity charges, partly on the strength of expert testimony from Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
The controversial album ended up selling more than 2 million copies, but the group’s popularity faded with subsequent albums, and members gradually went their separate ways.
“I just can’t wait to just start practicing. That’s going to be a blast,” Campbell, the 51-year old MC and recent Miami-Dade Mayoral candidate, told the Associated Press.
“We’re going to perform the songs and everybody’s going to be excited. Some of the older people of our generation will be able to tell their kids, ‘You’re staying home tonight, we’re going to see 2 Live Crew and shake our booty!’”
*Current Miami mayoral candidate and former rapper Luther Campbell is all over the place now and is taking on Florida International University, calling it racist.
He said he was appalled by the “Cuban-only forum” held at the school last week.
“The university is having a Cuban-only forum, which is wrong to the students, because the students are from all different races and all different cultures and all the students don’t speak only Spanish,” Uncle Luke said.
The event was in fact a Spanish-language debate.
But he wasn’t alone in this complaint. His opponent and fellow Black candidate Roosevelt Bradley also says the it was an act of racial terrorism.
At this point, the Miami race for mayor appears to be a two man battle between Julio Robaina and Carlos Gimenez. The two are polling at 25 and 20 percent among voters, respectively.
However, Campbell is not out it; he has polled quite well: Of the 499 likely voters polled by The Miami Herald and Univision, Campbell was selected by 10 percent of the group.
*He’s been talking about doing it for months and now it’s time to make it official. Luther Campbell, yes, “Uncle Luke,” has filed the necessary paperwork to run for mayor of Florida’s Miami-Dade County.
The 50-year-old controversial ex-rapper and member of the 2-Live Crew, spoke to a crowd about being taken seriously as politician.
“My major hurdle is people taking me seriously, a lot of people think this is a joke,” he said. “I call it a banana republic and I’m serious about it. You look at the commission and they make their own rules as they go, regardless of what the county attorney says, they make their own rules, just do what they want. They have no respect for the people.”
Campbell says if he’s elected mayor, he’ll focus on revitalizing the small business environment, redeveloping the area by stabilizing neighborhoods and beautifying the visual aesthetic of the county. Additionally, he voiced his public safety concerns by proposing to build stronger links between the law and community, as well as provide affordable housing and encourage adults to engage with the youth.
Watch as Luther Campbell explains why he’s running for mayor of Miami Dade County:
*Former 2 Live Crew member Luther Campbell, who just happens to be a Miami New Times columnist, opened up his latest article with a shameless plug and campaign pitch.
Since he announced his candidacy for mayor for Miami-Dade County, he’s been challenged with proving he can do the job. This is what he had to say:
“I’ve thought about running for public office before, but someone would always end up talking me out of it, saying, ‘We have this good person here, he will do good for the community,’ so I always backed out,” he said. “But I’d end up frustrated because they didn’t do anything. I’d give them ideas and they would just tell me what they wanted to hear.
“I get in my car, ride around Liberty City, and everything looks the same as when I was in the neighborhood growing up,” he continued, detailing the factors that motivated him to run for mayor. “I see the same crimes in the same areas. Officers and residents are still getting killed in the community I grew up in. I go to a city like Atlanta that has sensible affordable housing, and no one is being murdered. I go to Miami International Airport and see the same construction that has been going on for like a hundred years. All of that frustrates the hell out of me. Why aren’t we getting it right in Miami-Dade? Why is our government only serving one set of people? That’s what is pushing me to run.”
Luke is just showing his readers, haters, and fans that he is very much capable and intelligent enough to do the job. He’s commented on politics and other issues within the community via the paper, but that’s about where his experience stops.
But Campbell isn’t the only rapper on the scene doing his political thing these days. Lest not forget Chi-town rapper Rhymefest who is going for one of the city’s alderman positions.
*Former 2 Live Crew front man and now high school football coach, Luther Campbell is considering a run for mayor Miami-Dade County, Florida. And he says if his constituents elect him, his time in office will be a reality show.
If incumbent Carlos Alvarez is recalled in an upcoming vote, Campbell said he’ll do it. Via his blog, he said the reality show would provide long needed transparency of what’s really going on in the office.
“Cameras are going to capture when some lobbyist comes to see me to lobby me on some [stuff] they want approved. The cameras are going to be rolling when a commissioner meets with me when I want to talk about the things we need to build for this community. The voters are going to know who is full of [stuff] and who isn’t if I am elected mayor.”
Although Campbell has not officially announced anything, he’s already getting support, at least in his eyes.
“With Rick Scott winning the governor’s seat,” he mentioned, “I don’t see how I could lose.”