Today marks the 25th anniversary of 2 Live Crew’s As Nasty As They Wanna Be, one of the most memorable albums in hip-hop history. Its notoriety as the first LP to ever be deemed legally obscene, teamed with chart-topping songs with provocative titles like “Me So Horny” and “The Fuck Shop,” drove As Nasty As They Wanna Be to double platinum success, becoming the group’s bestselling LP.

In honor of As Nasty As They Wanna Be’s anniversary, FRANK tracked down the photographers responsible for the unforgettable and controversial album cover.

Find out more about how they stumbled into taking the iconic photo, their relationship with 2 Live Crew, and more at


after seeing a lot of pictures featuring dogs injured by porcupines, i decided that hector ought to get his salamander-stoat wereform chalkurite thing revamped with quills, to better suit his nasty prickly personality 

it makes a wonderful addition for the complicated relationship he and Pint endure. I thought it’d suit his explosive attitude and bipolar freakouts rather nicely, and it makes more sense for pint to get increasingly jaded or just plain uncaring about him in the long run—a hundred needles to the face seem like a thing even a chalkurite with a ridiculous pain threshold would get pretty upset with 

hector gets his periods of remorse after turning his adoptive monster dad into a pincushion, but for the most part he just avoids post-confrontations with him—or if there are, he’ll pretend nothing ever really happened, or accuse Pint of being responsible.  Pint isn’t a good parent either, and most of times he just sulks and blames himself for it—over time he learns to stop blaming himself as much, though by that point he just doesn’t even bother caring for Hector anymore.

Overall, bad communication, terrible attitudes on both ends and a capacity of turning into big mean monster make for really, reaaaally bad combo relationships

2 Live Crew - As Nasty As They Wanna Be 12”

Did you think that 2 Live Crew was going to come up after a Broadway musical? No? Then you don’t know me. The title of this record is no joke or exaggeration. I’m pretty sure I blushed a few times while listening to this. This was one of the first records to receive a parental advisory label from the PMRC. Trust me, it eared it. It not only earned it, it went out to Siberia to train in a cabin to win it. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t dancing on the couch listening to this joint. As you may have guessed, Hip Hop is up next.