Banned In The USA: 2 Live Crew CD Spotlight

Today’s Post is borderline NSFW

Banned_In_the_USA_2livecrewMusic Trivia:  What was the very first album to have a NON-REMOVABLE Parental Advisory label placed on it?   The very first albums to get this dubious honor were Soundgarden’s “Louder Than Love”, Guns N Roses “Appetite for Destruction”, Danzig’s debut (which contained no swearing!), and the 2 Live Crew’s “As Nasty As They Want To Be”.  But each of those labels were placed on the cellophane wrapper.   The first album to have a non-removable advisory sticker was “Banned In The U.S.A.” by the 2 Live Crew.   What makes this even more ironic, it’s probably one of tamest records the Miami rappers ever released.    Looking back over 20 years ago, is the CD any good?


Do_the_Bart_2livecrew“Banned In The U.S.A.” was not only the CD title, it was the lead single and theme of the record.   After getting permission from Bruce Springsteen to interpret his hit “Born In The U.S.A.”,  Luther Campbell wrote a diatribe against the RIAA and the government’s meddling into everything including the music industry.  The song begins with a Ronald Reagan impression, some KKK imagery, maintains a patriotic stance with some intelligent lyrics about age appropriate choices, and is a really fun piece of 90’s nostalgia.   The second single “Do The Bart” tried to hop on the meteoric success of The Simpsons and create a novelty stripper anthem in honor of Bart Simpson. Hard to believe a song that showcases a cherish TV cartoon character and lyrics about “shaking your titties and falling to your knees” didn’t become a huge hit (smile).



Mama_Juanita_MamolapengaYou don’t buy a 2 Live Crew CD looking for a musical masterpiece, you’re probably looking for freaky beats and a soundtrack for your next Spring Break road trip.  The band best known for their obscene nursery rhymes and explicit lyrics did provide a trio of “classics” for their long-time fans.  “Face Down, Ass Up”, “So Funky”, and “Strip Club” became club favorites.   The best song on “Banned In The U.S.A.” was “Mamolopenga” aka “Mamma Juanita”, a sexy club banger dedicated to the fine “Latinas down in Little Havana”, Miami.   Brother Marquis and Kid Fresh Ice traded verses about the senoritas with a little Spanglish mixed into the final mix.  Ultimately the song not received more airplay due to the added audio “bonus activity” at the end of the song but it’s one of 2 Live Crew’s best songs.  The rare music video shared today even included a Fidel Castro sighting.


Overall, the CD is just OK, it’s very dated, somewhat predictable, and not a rap essential disc.  But “Banned In The U.S.A.” does have a couple really good songs and in terms of historical significance, it’ll always going to be known as the first album to get the RIAA’s Parental Advisory label.