This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History
 


This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History


December 22nd – Luke was born Luther Roderick Campbell in Miami, Florida on this day in 1960.

In the early 1980’s, Luke began as a hip-hop concert promoter bringing some of the biggest names in rap music to the Miami area.

In 1983, Luke took a radio broadcasting course at WDNA, a Miami public radio station, an endeavor that would contribute to his future career as an on-air host.

One of the groups that Luke brought in was a Southern California outfit who had a minor hit in the Miami area who called themselves The 2 Live Crew, whose original lineup consisted of group founder, and DJ, Mr. Mixx, Fresh Kid Ice, Amazing V and later on Brother Marquis.

Luke, who at the time was known as Luke Skyywalker, named after the Star Wars film hero of the same name, took over as the group’s manager and becoming its frontman as well.

He also signed them to his Luke Skyywalker Records label.

The 2 Live Crew immediately became an instant sensation with the release of their debut album “The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are” in 1986.

The group would follow that up with seven more albums from 1987 to 1998.

The group’s brand of explicit adult material made them extremely popular, controversial and sold millions of records.

The 2 Live Crew came to the forefront of free speech and obscenity laws as retailers who sold their recordings in the state of Florida were arrested and charged with selling indecent material.

Members of the group were arrested during a performance in a Miami nightclub in 1989.

All cases involving The 2 Live Crew and retailers, who were persecuted for selling their records, ended up in dismissals or acquittals.

During this time, Luke was also served legal papers by Star Wars creator George Lucas, ordering him to stop using the Luke Skyywalker stage name, which he now shortened to Uncle Luke or simply Luke.

In response to the group’s ever-present controversy, they released the album “Banned In The U.S.A.” in 1990 as a 2 Live Crew album and as Luke’s first solo set, with almost identical track listings.

In the process they obtained permission from legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen to interpolate his classic “Born In The USA” hit, for the free speech manifesto title track.

The group would go on to tour the world and make hip-hop history in the process.

Luke meanwhile would release seven more solo albums from 1992 to 2006, with “My Life & Freaky Times” being the latest.

A new solo album by Luke is expected in 2015.

Luke has also been a multi-media king since leaving the 2 Live Crew, entering politics, the development of youth programs, high school football coaching, the stock market, the oil business, magazine publishing, the adult film industry, radio broadcasting and a columnist for the Miami News Times.

Luke has been one of the most important figures in the Miami bass history of hip-hop ever.