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Luke and 2 Live Crew's newest albums

We grade ”Changin’ the Game” and ”Shake a Lil’ Somethin”’

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It’s been a while since Luke Campbell and 2 Live Crew’s raunchy raps made them First Amendment poster boys, and time has not been kind. While Luke and 2 Live Crew no longer collaborate, their separate recordings hardly progress beyond the formula behind 1989’s ”Me So Horny.” Luke attempts some limp R&B retreads with Changin’ the Game, yet even his hyper Miami bass beats sound tired; 2 Live Crew, meanwhile, stick to their usual bottom-heavy grooves, homophobia, and strip-club cliches. If anything, these artists aren’t offensive enough — just dull. Game: D Lil’ Somethin’: D+

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