The Rap Against a Rap Group

Anti-obscenity campaigners are getting as nasty as they wanna be against raunchy music, but will juries go along?

If things do not change soon for 2 Live Crew, the dirty-talking Miami-based musicians may be spending more time trying to beat raps than performing them. A federal judge in Fort Lauderdale ruled two weeks ago that their double album, As Nasty as They Wanna Be, is obscene -- the first musical recording ever banned by a court. Soon after, a Fort Lauderdale record-store owner was hauled in by police for selling their album. Then two members of the group were arrested for performing at an adults-only nightclub in Hollywood, Fla. The penalty in both cases could be a $1,000 fine...

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