By the time 1989 came into existence, I was a fully-accredited teenager with the attitude to match. I was King Of Pop on the outside and (I thought) Iggy Pop on the inside. Looking back now, I could have been more rebellious and gotten into more trouble than I actually did. I got average grades. Didn’t push the envelope with authority. Didn’t look for ways to buck the system. I had perfect attendance in High School (except for the one time I cut school and hung out with my at-the-time girlfriend, but that’s a story for another time). Fact is, I was a pretty good kid.
I didn’t play sports, or an instrument, and my extra-curricular activities were just me heading home on the bus. No study group. Nothing. The one thing I had going through my teenage years was music. It wasn’t a real way to lash out and listen to things that my parents didn’t want me to, but it was something that I could explore how I wanted and whatever manner I wanted to. I had freedom.
As the 90s were dawning, it was a Renaissance of sorts in music. Big albums rounding out the 80s like Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses, & Def Leppard partnered with Milli Vanilli, New Kids On The Block and others. It was also at this point the PMRC was going full steam ahead trying to warn parents about sexually explicit or violent lyrics. Stickers warning purchasers of the evil that lurked within were emblazoned on so many albums that it seemed to become the norm. You felt that you were missing out if the album didn’t have the “Parental Advisory. Explicit Lyrics” tag on it.
The 2 Live Crew released As Nasty As They Wanna Be in early 1989 and it would’ve flown under the radar if it weren’t for Florida. Jack Thompson to be exact. He was the one that made me want to make sure I had this album in my collection. At the time, I wasn’t too deep into hip hop, but the fact that I was being told by someone that they didn’t want me to have it, made me want it more. Jack Thompson had a justice boner for anything he deemed obscene to a point where he wanted to make it illegal to own the album. Having a lead off track called “Me So Horny” must have set off an alarm of church bells to get Thompson started on his anti-obscenity crusade. MTV covered it at first and then it turned into a media circus when it went to trial.
Long story short, the first trial ruled the album obscene but was overturned on appeal.
As Nasty As They Wanna Be isn’t the greatest hip hop album ever made, some could argue it as sophomoric and full of sexism and violence…but it was an important one.
|1.||Me So Horny||4:37|
|2.||Put Her In The Buck||3:57|
|5.||Dirty Nursery Rhymes||3:08|
|6.||Break It On Down||3:59|
|7.||2 Live Blues||5:15|
|8.||I Ain't Bullshittin'||4:27|
|9.||Get Loose Now||4:36|
|10.||The Fuck Shop||3:25|
|11.||If You Believe In Having Sex||3:52|
|12.||My Seven Bizzos||4:19|
|13.||Get The Fuck Out Of My House||4:37|
|16.||Bad Ass Bitch||4:04|
|17.||Mega Mixx III||5:45|