2 Live Crew Live in Phoenix (in 1990)

By Shea Serrano

8:45 p.m.: So here's what this is: More than 20 years ago, 2 Live Crew, one of rap's most notoriously offensive acts, performed in Phoenix.

The concert was recorded and released as a live show album called The 2 Live Crew Live In Concert. It came out a few months after their Banned In The U.S.A. album (most famous for the eponymous single "Banned In The U.S.A." and "Do The Bart," a song with a video that made white guys think it was okay to wear hightop fades, which came after their double platinum Nasty As They Wanna album, which probably contributed to a sizeable portion of Florida's unplanned pregnancies at the end of the 80s. Somehow, The 2 Live Crew Live In Concert ended up being the only concert album the group ever released.

Even more somehow-y, a cassette version ended up in a large blue plastic in a thrift store in Houston for sale. It was 0.75. I bought it. And now I'm going to listen to it. And now you're all caught up.

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