On this day in hip-hop history, 2 Live Crew released The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are.
Today in hip-hop history, 1986, the 2 Live Crew released their debut album, The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are on Luke Skyywalker Records. The debut album was highly controversial as the rap group shocked listeners with their unprecedented explicit lyrics of a sexual theme. Most notably on songs like "We Want Some Pussy" and "Throw the D."
The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are was a prime example of the Miami Bass subgenre coming out of the South. This style of hip-hop relied heavily on the bass and sub sounds provided by the drum machines of that time.
Despite all the controversy, the debut album was certified gold and sold over half a million records in the two years after its release. It reached #128 on the Billboard 200 and #24 on the R&B chart.
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1989 - The Beastie Boys released their sophomore album Paul's Boutique on Capitol Records.
1995 - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony released their second studio album E. 1999 Eternal on Ruthless Records.
2006 - Pharrell Williams released his debut solo album In My Mind on his own Star Trek label.
2014 - Bobby Shmurda released his debut single "Hot N*gga" on Epic.