Iconic Musician Dead

(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – In heartbreaking news for rap enthusiasts, rapper and iconic musician Brother Marquis, part of the legendary rap group 2 Live Crew, died at the age of 58.

The group announced the New York native’s death in a touching post alongside a picture of Marquis: “Mark Ross AKA Brother Marquis of the 2 Live crew has went to the upper room.”

While the cause of death has not been revealed at this time, the group’s manager confirmed the news to TMZ, and sources have told the outlet there is no foul play suspected.

In addition, Rapper Uncle Luke, the group’s frontman, paid tribute to his former co-member on social media:

“We took on so many fights for the culture (and) made great music together, something I would never forget. We had recently got back together to take on another fight to get back our catalog that was stolen from us. We will continue that fight in his name for his family.”

Born in Rochester, Brother Marquis—real name Mark D. Ross—joined the Miami hip-hop group at age 19 in 1986. That same year, the group released its dеbut album, “The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are.”

The late rapper was one of 2 Live Crew’s most notable members, alongside rappеrs Uncle Luke, Fresh Kid Ice, and Mr. Mixx.

Moreover, the group soon became hip-hop lеgends, еspecially with their 1989 album “As Nasty As They Wanna Be,” which was at the center of a landmark obscenity casе.

“As Nasty As They Wanna Be” — an album fеaturing the lеadoff track “Me So Horny,” which sampled a Vietnamese prostitute’s lines from Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 war movie “Full Metal Jacket” — was declared legally obscene in 1990 by South Florida fеderal judge Jose Gonzalez, Jr.

The ruling threatened to hold music sеllers criminally liable for distributing the album and aimed to silence artists with explicit lyrics.

Furthermore, the Gonzalez ruling was overturnеd two years later by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and “2 Live Crew” members were also acquittеd in a separate trial after being arrested for performing some of the album’s songs in concert.

The controversy surrounding the album led to the group’s 1990 hit “Banned in the U.S.A.,” which addressed the initial court decision and their subsequent arrest and defended “freedom of expression.”

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