Luther Campbell, one of the most controversial and foul-mouthed rappers of the 1980s as the frontman of the infamous 2 Live Crew, is officially running for mayor of Miami-Dade County. Campbell, or Luke as he was known when he was pumping out obscene hits like "Me So Horny" and "Face Down, Ass Up," hinted at a mayoral run last month, but he confirmed his political intentions in a new interview with the Miami New Times.
The Campbell platform includes plans to create new jobs and more affordable housing, and weed out "government employees who have been around for decades and aren't doing anything." One position that stands to anger 2 Live Crew fans, dollar bill wavers, Mötley Crüe and even the Luke of 25 years ago is Campbell's plan to tax exotic dancers. "Even though all my stripper friends are gonna be mad at me, I think we can stimulate the economy with a tax on strippers. They make all this money and don't pay taxes," Campbell says. "I'd take that cash and put it into a fund where it supports youth athletics for girls like cheerleading or softball." Like a lost 2 Live Crew lyric, Campbell hopes to "stimulate the economy with a tax on strippers."
Campbell doesn't seem all too concerned with the theory that it's impossible for an African-American candidate to win a mayoral campaign in a city dominated by Hispanic/Latino voters (current Mayor Carlos Alvarez is Cuban-born, and he was preceded by Cuban-American Alex Penelas). Why does Campbell believe he can win over Latino voters? One word: Pitbull. "When I discovered Pitbull, everyone told me there was no way a Cuban rapper could make it. My response was, if I can discover Trick Daddy and put all my effort into promoting and marketing the Miami he represented, why can't I do the same for Pitbull?" Campbell said. "Cubans and other Latinos in Miami-Dade get up and dance to my music just like African-Americans." This is going to be a fun campaign.
[Amazing photo of 2 Live Crew and Mötley Crüe: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com]
- Luther Campbell