Luke Feels Disrespected by VH1’s ‘Hip Hop Honors’
When VH1's Hip Hop Honors ceremony heads down south later this year, it looks like former 2 Live Crew member and honoree, Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell may not be in attendance. The Miami native is steaming mad that despite his career milestones as a solo artist, he is only being honored as a member of the group.
"This year I'm supposed to be honored, but they only want to honor me as a member of the 2 Live Crew," Campbell said in an interview. "They want to honor Master P for his business savvy and they want to honor Jermaine Dupri for his business savvy and I'm kind of offended by that. We have basically been talking it out, but it's just so sad that people just don't know my history. They try to link me with a group and not see me as a businessman."
Among his career highlights include founding Luke Records, which was shortened from Luke Skywalker Records following a lawsuit from 'Star Wars' creator George Lucas, who accused Campbell of infringing on the movie franchise. "Luke Records was the first independent black owned record company owned by a rapper. We were the first to distribute our own product. There's just so many first ... the first to have an independent R&B group to go platinum with H-Town."
Known for introducing Miami Bass to the mainstream, Campbell's sexually explicit content led him to face censorship issues. "For an organization like VH1 to try to say I'm just the first person to go to the Supreme Court over music censorship and be a part of the 2 Live Crew ... I told them the other day, 'just go f--- yourself.' We were even the first to have a street team. That wasn't discovered by [Loud Records founder] Steve Rifkind. I love Steve to death, but they keep giving him the credit. I don't want to be a part of it unless you honor what I've done in a proper way. I've never asked anyone to do anything. But when you ask me to be a part of something, I'm not going to let you disrespect me."
Despite not being an original member of 2 Live Crew, Campbell is arguably the most famous. After breaking from the group to pursue his solo career, Campbell ran into more legal red tape, with the release of 'Banned in the USA.' The remaining 2 Live Crew members filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against him and his Luke Records imprint for unpaid royalties from the album. He went on to find success with the release of 1991's 'I Wanna' Rock' and has since started producing adult films through his company Luke Campbell Entertainment Group.