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LUSH USA: BAN MICROBEADS

Hey there American Lushies, right now over at www.lushusa.com there is a petition to ban microbeads from cosmetic products to save our water habitats. With over 470 million microplastic pieces polluting the shores of San Fran Bay everyday, it’s time to show other cosmetic companies that more natural and organic ingredients such as rice, almond and oats can do the same job for skin cleansers. To sign the petition, visit: http://www.5gyres.org/banthebead/

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We’ve got white-collar people trying to grab our style
Saying we’re too nasty and we’re 2 Live
Corrupted politicians playing games
Bringing us down to boost their fame
They must be joking thinking we will fall
But they’re like flies movin’ the wall
We stand tall from beginning to end
With the help from fans and all our friends
Freedom of speech will never die
For us to help, our ancestors died
Don’t keep thinking that we will quit
We’ll always stand and never sit
We’re 2 live, 2 black, 2 strong
Doing the right thing, and not the wrong
So listen up, y'all, to what we say
We won’t be banned in the U.S.A.!

The First Amendment gave us freedom of speech
So what you sayin’? It didn’t include me?
I like to party and have a good time
There’s nothin’ but pleasure written in our rhyme
I know you don’t think we’ll ever quit
We’ve got some people on our side who won’t take your lip
We’re gonna do all the things we wanna do
You can’t stand to see a brother get as rich as you
This is the 90s and we’re conin’ on strong
Sayin’ things and doin’ things that you’re sayin’s wrong
Wisen up, ‘cause on Election Day,
We’ll see who’s banned in the U.S.A.!

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Sh*t never changes, huh?

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Banned In The USA: 2 Live Crew CD Spotlight

Today’s Post is borderline NSFW

Music Trivia:  What was the very first album to have a NON-REMOVABLE Parental Advisory label placed on it?   The very first albums to get this dubious honor were Soundgarden’s “Louder Than Love”, Guns N Roses “Appetite for Destruction”, Danzig’s debut (which contained no swearing!), and the 2 Live Crew’s “As Nasty As They Want To Be”.  But each of those labels were placed on the cellophane wrapper.   The first album to have a non-removable advisory sticker was “Banned In The U.S.A.” by the 2 Live Crew.   What makes this even more ironic, it’s probably one of tamest records the Miami rappers ever released.    Looking back over 20 years ago, is the CD any good?

 
“BANNED IN THE USA”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEH_ms8d1ws

“Banned In The U.S.A.” was not only the CD title, it was the lead single and theme of the record.   After getting permission from Bruce Springsteen to interpret his hit “Born In The U.S.A.”,  Luther Campbell wrote a diatribe against the RIAA and the government’s meddling into everything including the music industry.  The song begins with a Ronald Reagan impression, some KKK imagery, maintains a patriotic stance with some intelligent lyrics about age appropriate choices, and is a really fun piece of 90’s nostalgia.   The second single “Do The Bart” tried to hop on the meteoric success of The Simpsons and create a novelty stripper anthem in honor of Bart Simpson. Hard to believe a song that showcases a cherish TV cartoon character and lyrics about “shaking your titties and falling to your knees” didn’t become a huge hit (smile).

“DO THE BART”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6ZRlxBEHRs

You don’t buy a 2 Live Crew CD looking for a musical masterpiece, you’re probably looking for freaky beats and a soundtrack for your next Spring Break road trip.  The band best known for their obscene nursery rhymes and explicit lyrics did provide a trio of “classics” for their long-time fans.  “Face Down, Ass Up”, “So Funky”, and “Strip Club” became club favorites.   The best song on “Banned In The U.S.A.” was “Mamolopenga” aka “Mamma Juanita”, a sexy club banger dedicated to the fine “Latinas down in Little Havana”, Miami.   Brother Marquis and Kid Fresh Ice traded verses about the senoritas with a little Spanglish mixed into the final mix.  Ultimately the song not received more airplay due to the added audio “bonus activity” at the end of the song but it’s one of 2 Live Crew’s best songs.  The rare music video shared today even included a Fidel Castro sighting.

“MAMOLOPENGA”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0AuqCJYmPU

Overall, the CD is just OK, it’s very dated, somewhat predictable, and not a rap essential disc.  But “Banned In The U.S.A.” does have a couple really good songs and in terms of historical significance, it’ll always going to be known as the first album to get the RIAA’s Parental Advisory label.

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2 Live Crew documentary, Banned in the USA, 1990. Via …

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Banned In The USA

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Black Music History Month

2 Live Crew, Banned in the USA

Notes: Because of their often questionable lyrics, 2 Live Crew has had several run-ins with censorship despite releasing 2 different versions of their albums (one edited, one profane). In response, they released the protest song Banned in the USA, which clearly samples Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA, with full blessings from Springsteen himself.

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A$AP Rocky has been using the upside-down American flag for sometime as his iconography on T-Shirts. Of course he’s not the first one among the musicians who uses it and he’s not the first to get into trouble because of it either. PacSun stops selling these T-Shirts after getting lots of complaints. Do y’all know that the upside-down flag is kinda one of the symbols of protests of black people? Hope u got what i mean…

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With House Passage of Extreme 20-Week Abortion Ban, GOP Continues Assault on Reproductive Rights