It’s been 25 years since Luther (2 Live Crew) Campbell released his debut album, Banned In The USA, a seminal hip-hop release. He has dealt with drugs, women, violence and, most of all, censorship and now talks the talk in his new autobiography, The Book Of Luke: My Fight For Truth, Justice And Liberty City. By Dave Marsh.
Luther Campbell’s autobiography, The Book Of Luke: My Fight For Truth, Justice And Liberty City (Amistad, $24.99), is such a remarkable book that it’s tempting to just list the reasons why. [In 1992, Campbell with John R Miller, wrote As Nasty as They Wanna Be: The Uncensored Story Of Luther Campbell Of The 2 Live Crew.]
In addition to the not as well-known as you think it is story of his and 2 Live Crew’s battles with the censorship police [after all, this was the group with the hit song, Me So Horny] and real cops, too, Luther traces accurately, honestly and heatedly the history of Miami, especially black Miami; the role of cops; the why of everything that happened to him in regard to censorship; football, especially high school and college football; and the status and condition of black people in America, not only in relation to white people but also to other poor groups. (Miami has more-or-less separate ghettos for blacks, Cubans of the Marielita class, and Haitians).
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