With songs like, “Me So Horny,” “We Want Some Pussy,” and “Hoochie Mama,” a group like 2 Live Crew is impossible to forget. Luke, Brother Marquis, Fresh Kid Ice, Mr. Mixx, Amazing V and Verb basically became the Godfathers of Booty Shaking music. Their careers blossomed in the height of Freak Nik, but as hip hop evolved, their music stepped aside and made room for gangster rap, conscious hip hop and more of a pop sound for rap music. However, anyone that knows anything about hip hop knows that booty shaking will never get old! The fellas were recently honored at the Vh1 Hip Hop Honors and are slowly making their way back into the public eye. The fans have demanded 2 Live Crew to bring back those fun, hard hitting and contagious rhythms we’ve grown to love and they are kindly obliging. Fresh Kid Ice and Brother Marquis took time out of their busy schedules to chat with Chronic about their lives now, when they should retire and even their “old man careers!” It seems there’s no age limit on hip hop as the 2 Live Crew continues to prove that age ain’t nothing but a number, bringing us back the music that made us fall in lust with them in the first place!
What are you working on right now?
Fresh Kid Ice: We’re just finishing up the album. The single is called, “Cougar.” The album is Just Want to be Heard. The single should be coming out this month. Hopefully, the album will be out some time in August.
How long did it take you to put the project together?
Fresh Kid Ice: We’ve been working on this for a couple of years.
It’s been a while since you’ve been out. Do you still have support?
Fresh Kid Ice: I think we have a nice fan base. They haven’t heard from us in a while; that’s one of the reasons we’re coming back out. A lot of the young kids that are finding out about 2 Live Crew because of the Vh1 Hip Hop Honors want to know where our music is right now. We’re trying to show them.
How do you feel the album’s going to do since it’s been so long…
Brother Marquis: Yeah they might like, “Sit your old asses down!” [laughs] Man, I don’t care! I still look good for my age! I don’t care what people say. One hundred-fifty thousand to two hundred thousand copies–that might be a plus for us.
How about the rest of the group–is everyone reuniting?
Fresh Kid Ice: We’re trying to put together a reunion tour. Right now, it’s Marquis and myself. Luke is doing his own thing with production.
There’s no hard feelings or anything?
Fresh Kid Ice: No. Everybody was doing different things, taking different turns.
What kind of music can we expect on Just Want to Be Heard?
Fresh Kid Ice: It’s a cross between the classic and the new. We are the classic 2 Live Crew. A lot of it is upgraded with the different sounds. Manny Fresh is one of the producers. Funk Boogie–who did a lot of the Trina and Trick Daddy stuff. We ventured out to make it more clubby. We have Manny Fresh as a feature, E-40, Too Short, Insane Clown Posse and some local groups.
Your niche is booty shaking music. How do you feel about the artists making that kind of music these days?
Fresh Kid Ice: It’s a good thing because it’s one of the familiar things of the south. The south is the party place. New York is real conscious hip hop. L.A. is a little more gangster. The best place to be is at the party. Since we’re in a recession, people don’t want to hear anything negative.
How do you feel about hip hop right now?
Brother Marquis: I still feel good about it because once I get tired of hearing all the degradation, I can always listen to Mos Def, Common, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu and some Floetry to get my mind right. I’m glad that hip hop has become regional. I can listen to some New York shit and vibe with New York. I can listen to some Texas shit and vibe with them. I can listen to some Georgia shit and vibe with them. That’s good.
What do you have to say about the critics of your music?
Fresh Kid Ice: When we first started, they said hip hop was a fad and we wouldn’t last and 20 something years later, 2 Live Crew is still in the game. We’re still going strong, we’ve got a fan base–they can say what they want to say, but ultimately, it’s up to the people. We just want to relieve your stress! We wouldn’t have sold so many records if there wasn’t a place for party records.
What do you feel about the growth of hip hop since you’ve been in it for 20 plus years?