Retro Rap Relapse: The 2 Live Crew’s ‘Me So Horny’

Once upon a time, hip-hop wasn’t about overt sexual innuendos. Then along came The 2 Live Crew and changed the game. A little ditty, using an unintentionally funny scene from Stanley Kubrick’s war film “Full Metal Jacket,” called “Me So Horny” had conservative pissed. Their album, As Nasty As They Wanna Be, even got somebody arrested for selling it. Those little “Parental Advisory” stickers? Yeah, blame them for that.

In our first edition of Retro Rap Relapse, we go back to the video that stirred the pot of controversy in music and reflect on how awesomely bad the “Me So Horny” video truly is in hindsight.


:03 – The limo driver with the John Stockton shorts and a tuxedo jacket (WITH tails, might I add) opens the door for Luther Campbell…and opens the door to my hip-hop heart because a limo driver with a tuxedo jacket and short-shorts was so hip-hop in the ’90s. Today? Not so much.

:54 – We just spend damn near a minute of this song watching Luke and his posse walk while that Vietnamese chick repeats “Me So Horny.” More like “Me So Bored.” I was hyped when I first saw this video as a kid because I thought I was going to see some boobies.

1:00 – Instead of great big glorious boobies, we get Marquis with great big gold chains and an enormous telephone that I completely am lost on the reasoning for. Wait, is it a balloon phone? Still confused.

1:08 – Nobody cares that the #3 just broke, eh? Nevertheless, Marquis is calling a freak to get busy with. Looks like we’ll get to see some glorious boobies after all. Oh yeah, props to the fact that Marquis is watching “Arsenio Hall.”

1:18 - Swagger jacked! What the hell just happened? Marquis — in his all white with fat gold chain glory — brings the freak some flowers and some Fred Williamson fool in a bath robe comes out of nowhere to shut the operation down? Marquis didn’t know she had a live in boyfriend? And wasn’t Marquis calling ol’ girl while watching Arsenio Hall, which just so happened to come at night? The sun appears to be out here.

1:31 – Enter the hook with urban Robert Palmer girls. Interesting to note that this is well before booty injections and breast implants were the norm. You didn’t have to have a rotund backside with tremendous hooters to be in a rap video. The good ol’ days for au’ natural women.

1:46 – Shorty in the mirror drives my previous point home. She would have never, ever, ever made it into today’s video. Fresh Kid Ice is happy though, so I guess we are too.

1:54 – Okay, so, like, if you are watching the MTV version of the video in the player above, you probably just went “WTF” as Ice’s verse just cut off and dove right back into the hook. Well, this was an explicit song and video that had a whole lot of this…

So it had to be cut out of the video. Oh yeah, this too…

It’s not the super regular looking chicks in swimsuits accentuated by dookie rope gold chains gyrating, it’s the assault rifle that’s being held for no apparent reason that forced the edit. Seriously, who carries an assault rifle to a pool party?

2:14 – Marquis is back giving us a nursery rhyme verse about how he’ll play with your heart. I think Marquis forgot that he got played in the first verse?

3:03 – How did people carry around cell phones that size back in the day? It couldn’t go in your pocket, you just had to carry it like a small child.

3:35 – As you can see, there’s another edit. It might have something to do with Fresh Kid Ice suggesting this cute honey commit heinous acts to his nether regions. The type of heinous acts that we can’t even type here.

3:56 – …and as the song fades out, Marquis crawls on all fours and takes a pee.

What the hell did I just watch?

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Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) likes to reminisce and wax poetic on old school hip hop, ’80s movies and video games.