President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has a special place in hip-hop history.
In 1989, she defended the 2 Live Crew in their landmark 1989 case which resulted in the overturning of a Broward County, FL ban on the group’s controversial album As Nasty As They Wanna Be.
In his column for Miami’s New Times newspaper, Uncle Luke from 2 Live Crew voiced his support of Kagan.
In 1989, Broward County Sheriff Nick Navarro banned the sale of our album, As Nasty as They Wanna Be, and a federal judge backed him. We appealed. The next year, Kagan, who was working at a Washington, D.C. law firm, wrote a brief that argued the album “does not physically excite anyone who hears it, much less arouse a shameful and morbid sexual response.” In other words, my homegirl Kagan was saying people could not be aroused by the lyrics “’cause my d**k’s on bone” or “me so horny, me f**k you long time.” She realized these words did not meet the standard of appealing to prurient interests. She did a great job fighting on 2 Live Crew’s behalf, which lets you know that Kagan is not easily swayed by public opinion or by politicians with their own hidden agendas.