Mr. Mixx

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DJ Mr. Mixx
Birth nameDavid Hobbs
Also known asTreach DJ, Mr. Mixx, The 808 King
OriginRichmond, California
Miami, Florida
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)DJ
Years active1983–present
LabelsMr. Mixx Recordings
Michael Sterling Music Group
Associated acts2 Live Crew, Poison Clan, Afroman, Fresh Kid Ice, Brother Marquis, Luther Campbell

David Hobbs, also known as "Treach DJ" and "Mr. Mixx," is the co-founder of the controversial rap group, 2 Live Crew, he is also credited to have produced the song Throw the D for its group. The song is known to be the blueprint of the musical genre known as Miami Bass, as well as producing streak of hit records within the genre.

Career[edit]

Founding the 2 Live Crew[edit]

While stationed at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California, in 1984, he met fellow musicians Amazing Vee and Fresh Kid Ice to form the rap group 2 Live Crew.[1] The trio would perform in small venues, and eventually release their first single, "Revelation", on their own label "Fresh Beat Records" in 1984. "Revelation" was popular in Florida, so 2 Live Crew relocated to Miami.[2]

Miami Bass Blueprint, The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are and Move Somethin'[edit]

In 1985, for their next single "What I Like" Fresh Kid Ice was the only MC featured on the track released on Fresh Beàt Records, and Amazing Vee would leave soon after. In 1986 2 Live Crew recorded Throw the D with Ghetto Bass on the B-side, they went into a joint venture with Luther Campbell to start Luke Skyyywalker Records for the group. The single "Throw The D", which he produced, gave a permanent blueprint to how future Miami bass songs were written and produced.[3]

Shortly after Luke Skyywalker joined 2 Live Crew. In April of that year Brother Marquis joined the group, in Miami Fl. Luke Skyywalker gave The 2 Live Crew a record deal. They exploded on the local scene with their Gold debut album "The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are" (1985). This made Mr. Mixx and his bandmates rap superstars of that area.[4]

Their following album Move Somethin' (1988) also went gold.[5]

As Nasty As They Wanna Be[edit]

Their third album As Nasty As They Wanna Be (1989), it became the group's largest seller, being certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 1990, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled that the album was legally obscene;[6] this ruling was later overturned by the Eleventh Circuit.[7] It is the first album in history to be deemed legally obscene.[8] An obscenity trial followed, in which Henry Louis Gates, Jr., addressed the court on behalf of the defendants, all of whom were eventually acquitted.

1990s last albums with the Original Line Up, new projects, reunion with Fresh Kid Ice and Brother Marquis[edit]

Mr. Mixx made three more album with the 2 Live Crew before their original split. First Banned in the U.S.A. (1990), originally credited as Luke's solo album featuring 2 Live Crew and in later editions credited as a 2 Live Crew album. Second, Live in Concert (1990). Third, Sports Weekend: As Nasty as They Wanna Be, Pt. 2 (1991). All three albums were successful.

In 1994, with a group called Mr. Mixx And Da Roughneck Posse they made the album One Monkey Don't Stop No Show.[9] That same year with a group called Bass Poets they released the album Bass-Boom-Booty.[10]

In 1995, he teamed up with another producer named Billy Vidal and they made several Miami Bass compilations until 1997.[11]

In 1996, he reunited with Fresh Kid Ice and Brother Marquis. Under the 2 Live Crew banner they made the album Shake a Lil' Somethin' who's hit song by the same name, peaked at #11 on the Hot Rap Singles chart,[12] "Do the Damn Thing", which made it to #24 on the same chart,[13] and "Be My Private Dancer", whick peaked at #34.[14] It would be the last album to feature him.[15]

In 1998, he made the solo album The Sex Files.[16]

2000s to present day[edit]

In 2002, he released a solo called Nasty Controversial & Unauthorized.[17]

In 2009, he released another solo called The Money And The Booty .[18]

In 2010, he briefly reunited with Luther Campbell, Brother Marquis, and Fresh Kid Ice as they were honorees winners at the 2010 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors: The Dirty South Edition.[19]

In 2016, Mr. Mixx returned to the 2 Live Crew, which consist of him and Brother Marquis. They released two singles How Bout Dem Cowboys (2016) and One Horse Sleigh (2016).[20][21]

Other Projects[edit]

At one point, he created his own website, Collegepeepshowtv.com (now defunct), and has been on the road as Afroman's tour DJ, as well as making beats and working with other artists.

Approach to music[edit]

The "Miami Bass Sound" was popularized by Mr.Mixx, based on uptempo dance music samples being intertwined with rap lyrics and the Roland TR-808 drum machine.Other producers of the day used this popular drum machine,but DJ Mr.Mixx turned the bass drum decay knob (to the right) to add more bass to the beat,making a consistent bass rumble through the speakers.Luther Campbell's "Ghetto Style DJ's" (Miami,Fla) enormous sound system popularized the new "bass sound". It's one of the most important drum sound ingredient in producing rap music.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fresh Kid Ice Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve (1999). "The 2 Live Crew: Biography". allmusic. Retrieved January 4, 2010.
  3. ^ Bein, Kat (November 3, 2014). "Tootsie Rolls, 'Hoochie Mamas,' and Cars That Go Boom: The Story of Miami Bass". thump.vice.com. VICE. Retrieved February 27, 2017. Miami Bass, Booty Bass, Booty Music, or whatever you want to call it, changed the scenes of hip hop, dance music, and pop forever...The story of music’s dirtiest genre reaches back to the ‘80s with roots set firmly in Afrika Bambaataa’s elektro-funk...foundational artists Amos Larkins and Maggotron, both of whom have been credited as kicking the regional sound into motion. According to Stylus Magazine, Larkins and the Miami Bass conception can be traced back to the movie Knights of the City...Inspired by the humid and vice-ridden melting pot of cultures, ...MC A.D.E.’s "Bass Rock Express" gets the title for first hit of the genre, but it was 2 Live Crew who became the poster boys of movement. Record store owners who sold the album were arrested and charged with crimes of obscenity, and 2 Live Crew members were arrested just for playing shows...US Appeals Court system ruled rap was protected by First Amendment rights...2 Live Crew made it safe for hip-hop as we know it to exist. The influence of the genre is far-reaching...Miami Bass remains not only one of the most ridiculous and enjoyable genres of music in recent memory but also one of the most important.
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  6. ^ Skyywalker Records, Inc. v. Navarro, 739 F.Supp. 578 (S.D. Fla. 1990).
  7. ^ Luke Records, Inc. v. Navarro, 960 F.2d 134 (11th Cir. 1992).
  8. ^ Deflem, Mathieu. 1993. "Rap, Rock, and Censorship: Popular Culture and the Technologies of Justice." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association, Chicago, May 27–30, 1993
  9. ^ "Mr. Mixx And Da Roughneck Posse - One Monkey Don't Stop No Show". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  10. ^ "Bass Poets With Special Guest: Mr. Mixx - Bass-Boom-Booty". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  11. ^ "Mr. Mixx". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  12. ^ "The 2 Live Crew Shake A Lil' Somethin'... Chart History". Hot Rap Songs. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  13. ^ "The 2 Live Crew Do The Damn Thing Chart History". Hot Rap Singles. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  14. ^ "The 2 Live Crew Be My Private Dancer Chart History". Hot Rap Songs. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  15. ^ Wong Won, Christopher 'Fresh Kid Ice" (July 20, 2015). "My Rise 2 Fame": The Tell All Autobiography of a Hip Hop Legend. Iconic Three Media Group,LLC.
  16. ^ "Mr. Mixx - The Sex Files". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  17. ^ "Dj Mr Mixx* - Nasty Controversial & Unauthorized". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  18. ^ https://www.discogs.com/DJ-Mr-Mixx-The-Money-And-The-Booty-Special-German-Edition/release/2821376
  19. ^ "2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South (2010 TV Special) Full Cast & Crew". Imdb.
  20. ^ "How Bout Dem Cowboys - Single The 2 Live Crew & Mr. Mixx". Itunes. Nov 18, 2016.
  21. ^ "One Horse Sleigh The 2 Live Crew & Mr. Mixx". Itunes. Nov 18, 2016.

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