Definitive Proof That 2 Live Crew Are Somehow Responsible for All Bad Southern Hip-Hop
Earlier this year, I posited the ridiculous yet vaguely plausible theory that the success of 2 Live Crew's brand of raunchy novelty hip-hop in the early 90s, opened the floodgates for rappers everywhere trying to pander to the lowest common denominator. With label execs seeing the dollar signs that could be had in artists whose only talent lay in their ability to devise an inane, self-debasing and sing-a-long friendly hook, hip-hop post-2 Live Crew has always featured a sizable component of what Bol described as "minstrel show rap."
At first I was a bit skeptical of my own theory that songs like "Chain Hang Low," "Fry that Chicken" and that godawful "Party Like a Rockstar" song. all had their roots in "Pop that Coochie." After all, "Pop that Coochie" might be ridiculous but it can't hold a candle to the abject minstrelry of Ms. Peachez and a bunch of children dancing around a plantation holding fried chickens. Consequently, I'd always harbored the doubt that perhaps 2 Live Crew were innocent of the wrongdoings I'd accused them of. However, after watching the above video, no doubt remains.
Behold, "Yo' Momma's On Crack Rock," a 1991 video box hit by a Miami Bass group called The Dog's, who even All Music describes as a "second-rate 2 Live Crew." "Yo Momma's on Crack Rock" might be the Rosetta stone of the genre, the missing link between The Crew and Ms. Peachez. The most astonishingly frightening thing about the song is the fact that it doesn't even try to be cautionary , instead taking the ostensibly sad story of a single mother on crack and turning it into a joke. So watch it and laugh, cry, and hang your head in sorrow that most major label rap bears a closer resemblance to "Yo Momma's On Crack Rap" than it does to Rakim or Big Daddy Kane. Blame the labels for putting this shit out, blame the fans for buying it, blame the hipster critics for big-upping it, blame the radio's for playing it, but most of all, blame Luke.