Today, Dec. 22, marks the 56th birthday of the legendary Luther R. Campbell of Luke Records and 2 Live Crew, a.k.a Uncle Luke.

A pioneer of the Miami Bass sound, Uncle Luke got his start as a concert promoter in Miami in the '80s before founding Luke Records and 2 Live Crew, who were known for their controversial subject matter, infectious jams like "Me So Horny" and "Pop That Coochie", and the role that they played in the free speech debate in the later '80s and early '90s. Luke was a fighter for freedom of speech especially after the crew was arrested for obscenity while at a show in Florida.

Eight 2 Live Crew albums and eight solo albums later, Luke has dabbled in acting,  is the founder of Luke Entertainment Group, a publicly traded corporation, and even dipped into politics when he ran for Mayor of Miami-Dade county in 2011, winning 11% of the vote and coming in fourth in a field of eleven candidates. Not bad for a rap vet.

Happy Birthday, Uncle Luke!

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