Sherpa & Yeti’s hosts a nasty night
BRECKENRIDGE – Sherpa’s gets a little nasty as it brings in one of the most controversial rap groups in history.2 Live Crew fills Sherpa & Yeti’s with its booty-shakin’, X-rated rhymes at the fourth annual Exotica Ball Saturday.The posse helped prompt the record industry to put warning labels on albums with explicit lyrics after repeatedly creating legal stirs.It first caught the attention of Tipper Gore’s Parents Music Resource Center with albums like “As Nasty As They Wanna Be” and lyrics our editor would delete the minute we typed them into our computer. The hype led 2 Live Crew to become a (not so homely) household name when Gore and attorney Jack Thompson started a campaign to prevent minors from buying the album.In 1990, Florida judge Mel Grossman ruled that probable cause for obscenity violations existed and warned record store owners that selling the album could lead to prosecution.Two days after the ruling, the band made headlines when a Florida record store owner sold the album to undercover police officers and was arrested. Soon after, the band members were arrested for performing music from the album in a Miami strip club, though three months later they were acquitted.In 1992, a court of appeals overturned the obscenity ruling, and the Supreme Court upheld the decision.”The battles never affected our creativity, but we were always trying to defend ourselves,” said 2 Live Crew member Fresh Kid Ice (Chris Wong Won). “It took time and lots of cash, but it was worth it in the long run. It helped put the group on the map – to let people know we stood for something – freedom of speech.”What rappers couldn’t say 15 years ago, they can say now. It’s OK for them to say what they want and not pay the price. We took the brunt of that back in the days.”2 Live Crew did release edited versions of its profane and sexually graphic albums; it changed up the words, which Fresh Kid Ice says helped the rappers be more witty because they had to come up with a different way of expressing their ideas.”It didn’t dilute it because most kids know what’s going on anyway,” he said. Fresh Kid Ice doesn’t apologize for his lyrics or think they warp young minds – instead, he looks at the positive side of the music.”Rap gave kids something to listen to, and it showed them there’s something outside of their community,” he said. “Hip hop embraces everybody. It’s not a white thing, it’s not a black thing, it’s not a Chinese thing. The hip-hop movement brought a lot of cultures together.”And 2 Live Crew continues to bring people together – in a most seductive way – with its live shows.”It’s wild and interactive and a lot of fun,” he said. “We always have a good time, and we go as far as they want us to.”Always ready for a party, 2 Live Crew will judge a thong contest after the show. The winner will walk home with $200. “The thong contest seems befitting for 2 Live Crew,” said Josh Frager, co-owner of Sherpa & Yeti’s. “It’s kind of like their field of expertise. They bring their own booty girls that dance. They do their utmost to live up to their reputation. They like to push the envelope.”2 Live Crew also will sign autographs and give away promos for a new solo album, “Freaky Chinese,” which features the explicit lyrics and sexual overtones the posse is known for but updates the sound and style of music.Though 2 Live Crew will play only half of its normal set, it’ll be sure to get the hits in.”Most people would rather hear the hits anyway than hear a longer show and pay more,” Frager said. “There’s no way any guy can find more fun for eight bucks.”Doors open at 9 p.m. Saturday. Local DJs will open the show, followed by 2 Live Crew.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or email@example.com.
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