Press play to listen to a nice recap of Luke’s life and career, presented by Chuck D…in honor of Luke’s birthday which was last week.
The Life of Luther Campbell by Chuck D
Transcript/Summary of the recording:
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 out-fit , who had a minor hit in the Miami area who called themselves The 2 Live Crew , whose original line-up 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 , after the Star Wars film hero of the same name , took over as the group’s manager and becoming its front-man 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 7 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 fore-front 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 itself were arrested during a performance in a Miami night-club 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.
The group would go on to tour the world and make hip-hop history in the process.
Luke meanwhile would release 7 more solo albums from 1992 to 2006 , with My Life & Freaky Times being the latest.
Luke has also been a multi-media king since leaving the 2 Live Crew , entering politics , magazine publishing , the adult film industry, radio broadcasting and as a columnist for the Miami News Times.
Luke has been one of the most important figures in the Miami bass history of hip-hop.