Somebody Say HEY We Want A LUKE Biopic!!
Former 2 Live Crew frontman and Miami’s favorite Uncle, Luther Campbell, and Atlanta-based production company Swirl Films have joined forces. Swirl Films got their black book and gave America’s number one freak a call and obtained the life rights of rapper Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell. Together they will develop and produce a series of television and film projects that center around the hip hop star’s colorful history. In addition to this, they will also create scripted and unscripted programs that show Campbell’s influence in the entertainment industry and local community.
Swirl Films is the number one urban film production company in the United States. I reached out to the co-head of development and producer Nikki Byles, who orchestrated the deal.
“Uncle Luke is a living legend,” she told LRM Online. “He has led an incredible life and I’m elated that he chose us to help him tell his story. I look forward to us doing many projects with him in the future, scripted and unscripted. He’s an exceptional storyteller and has many great ideas. I can’t wait!”
Changin’ The Game
The rap game would be totally different today if it weren’t for Luther Campbell. In the ’80s Campbell created an independent label and released many of local Miami artists’ albums like Poison Clan and Trinere. He helped develop the big bass sound of Florida subsequently putting southern hip hop on the map. He is a trendsetter and a pioneer for freedom of speech. Campbell’s known for Changin’ The Game and raising the roof, not only in hip hop but in the music industry as a whole.
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Headaches, Headaches, And More Headaches
In 1989 a judge ruled 2 Live Crew’s sexually explicit double platinum album As Nasty As They Wanna Be as obscene. As a result of this ruling in Broward County, Florida record store clerks went to jail for selling the album. This also led to the arrest of several members of 2 Live Crew following a live performance. The party rap group went to court over these obscenities. The outcome ruled their music had artistic value and therefore the judge dropped the case. After these headaches, Campbell designed the Parental Advisory logo that is still placed on albums today.
The uphill battle didn’t end there. Many LRM readers and Star Wars fans might remember Luke’s previous name, Luke Skyywalker and Skyywalker Records. Star Wars creator George Lucas sued, resulting in Campbell dropping the moniker. The artist now goes by Luke and his label is Luke Records.
Don’t Stop Get It Get It
2 Live Crew went to the Supreme Court again, this time for copyright infringement. The group sampled Roy Orbison’s hit song “Oh, Pretty Woman”. The 2 Live Crew version of this tune was labeled a parody and the rap group was victorious again. This triumph set the standard for shielding parody songs from future lawsuits under the fair use clause in federal copyright law. Once again showing that the 2 Live Crew are advocates for freedom of speech and paved the way for many artists to come.
Swirl Films has a lot of ground to cover in their projects with Luther Campbell. He is a rapper, author of several books, businessman, unintentional sex ed teacher, and humanitarian in Florida. Once recognized for his outspoken bad boy image he’s now a pillar of the community in Dade County. He takes an active role in mentoring the youth and coaches high school football in Liberty City. Not only that, but he ran for Mayor of Miami! Campbell is very active on all his social media platforms and engages with politicians and always speaks his mind. As we pass the 30 year banniversary of 2 Live Crew, cancel culture and censorship still remain in full effect. We need Luke now more than ever. Thank you Uncle Luke for protecting our First Amendment!
Follow Luther Campbell on Instagram @UncleLukeReal1, UncleLukeTV on YouTube, and visit www.LukeRecord.com. Stay up to date on these projects and visit www.SwirlFilms.com
I can’t wait to watch a movie about Luther Campbell’s life story! What about you?
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