The 2 Live Crew: “The Funk Shop”
Back in 1989, The 2 Live Crew had just released their infamous album “As Nasty As They Wanna Be”. It was the first album to ever have a Parental Advisory – Explicit Lyrics sticker, and the album was so controversial that it was outlawed in many places, including their home state of Florida (where The 2 Live Crew would then record a new record called “Fuck Martinez”, dedicated to Florida governor Bob Martinez and Broward County sheriff Nick Navarro). Not only did 2 Live Crew fight and win for 1st Amendment rights for musicians, they also fought for fair use in parodies with their “Pretty Woman” song where they sampled and interpolated Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman”. They fought it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court…and won. It was a groundbreaking album lyrically, but not enough credit goes to their DJ and producer Mr. Mixx, who was one of the first rap producers to fully utilize the Roland 808 sequencer. His mix of Kraftwerk samples, samples from comedy records, and samples from rock bands such as Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, The Beatles, and The Kinks, helped lay the foundation for modern rap music.
Also back in 1989, they were on the Phil Donahue Show (a groundbreaking show itself), for an episode about explicit lyrics in music. From the performance itself to the video editing, it is hilarious:
0:18 — “Oh, my God…”
0:20 — Luke talking shit to the audience. “Now we know what kind of audience we got!” “Tell some of these narrow minded people what’s going on…”
0:42 — Fresh Kid Ice (R.I.P.) starts rapping. His verse is censored, which is a perfect setup for the next verse by Brother Marquis…
0:43 — “Did he just call us narrow-minded?”
0:55 — Luke doing the chicken dance with a shit-eating grin on his face
1:25 — “Now how many of y’all ever been to a hotel, and y’all had sex at a hotel? Put your hands up!” *nobody puts their hands up* “The whole lot of y’all out there lying!”
1:39 — Brother Marquis starts rapping the uncensored version. The 2 Live Crew immediately laugh their asses off when they hear him cussing
2:15 — Lady with the Sarah Huckabee Sanders screw face
2:27 — “Now how many of y’all have Penthouse magazines in your house? Put your hands in the air!” *nobody puts their hands up* “Y’all lying again!”
2:56 — “What does ‘Splak’ mean?”
3:04 — Luke pointing at the audience and calling them hoes. AT THE 3:04 MARK! That is some brilliant editing.
3:27 — “What the hell did I just see?”
Cordier Street Beatdown
Somewhere in France, there is a street called Cordier, which is known for its beatdowns. Beatdowns of comedy, that is! I’m not sure if this video is a parody, but it has to be, right? It contains all the hardcore cliches of spin-kicks, tough guy stances, and circle pits, but I’m not entirely convinced. Here we go…
0:03 — I don’t know what the hell he is saying, but he’s holding a baseball bat, so I’m guessing he’s talking about baseball?
0:12 — Requisite gang vocals
0:13 — Requisite walk down the train tracks. Holy shit that vocalist’s voice is shot
0:18 — Requisite spin-kicking
0:31 — This vocalist sounds like Jamey Jasta from Hatebreed, if he had a French baguette shoved up his ass
0:48 — Vocalist spin-kicks the crowd. That’s not how it’s supposed to work, guys…
0:52 — Who the hell are these people in the cages?
0:56 — Requisite spoken word part
1:08 — Whoa…this vocalist’s voice is super shot!
1:10 — Requisite performance in a cemetary. You’re not supposed to actually stand on someone’s grave marker though, guys…
1:26 — 10 wannabe thugs in a Renault
1:48 — Ghost ride the whip
2:02 — Someone gets hit over the head with a piece of wood
2:03 to 2:45 — What in the actual fuck…
2:45 — Uh, guys, you left a bottle of water on that dude’s grave…
25 Ta Life Backyard Extravaganza
Well, it does take place in a backyard, but I wouldn’t call it an extravaganza, except perhaps ironically…
0:10 — Is Rick Ta Life actually going to perform without a drummer or a backing track? Why yes, of course he is.
0:35 — “Everybody sing along!” *nobody sings along*
0:46 — “WHFIOUFHGDHHFGHDH BLECH!”
1:00 — “Everybody sing along!” *where the hell is everybody?*
1:25 — “Straight-edge!”, next to somebody holding a beer
1:30 — Random chicks walking by and laughing
1:38 — “VCMBFBJMBSBSBMBSM BLECH!”