Mr. Mixx

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DJ MR. MIXX
Birth nameDavid P. Hobbs
Also known asMr. Mixx
Treach DJ
Treach DJ Mr. Mixx
The 808 King
Born (1963-09-23) September 23, 1963 (age 56)
OriginSanta Ana, California
GenresMiami Bass
Occupation(s)DJ, Music Producer, Vocalist, Turntablist
InstrumentsTurntables, Keyboard
Years active1983–present
LabelsLuke Skyywalker Records
Lil’ Joe Records
Mr. Mixx Recordings
Associated acts2 Live Crew
Fresh Kid Ice
Brother Marquis
Luther Campbell
Afroman
Poison Clan
JT Money
Geto Boys
Kid Frost
Rudy Ray Moore
Lil Flip
Lil Troy
Amazing Vee
Mr. Mixx and Da Roughneck Posse
Bass Poets

David P. Hobbs (born September 23, 1963), better known by his stage names Mr. Mixx, Treach DJ, Treach DJ Mr. Mixx, and The 808 King, is a DJ, producer, and is perhaps best well known as a co-founder of the controversial rap group 2 Live Crew. Hobbs is credited with producing popular singles such as "Throw the D", "Me So Horny", "Hoochie Mama", and other titles in 2 Live Crew's song catalog. Hobbs was a major contributor to the creation of the Miami bass musical genre. He continues to DJ for and produce other hip hop artists to this day.

Early life[edit]

Hobbs was born on September 23, 1963, and raised in Santa Ana, California.[1]

In 1981, Hobbs graduated from Corona High School in nearby Corona, California, and enlisted in the United States Air Force shortly afterward.[1]

Career[edit]

1984: Military service and founding of 2 Live Crew[edit]

In 1984, while stationed at March Air Force Base near Riverside, California, Hobbs met fellow musicians and United States Air Force Airmen Amazing Vee (Yuri Vielot) and Fresh Kid Ice (Christopher Wong Wong).[2] The trio, with Hobbs as DJ and Wong Wong and Vielot as rappers, went on to form 2 Live Crew and would perform in small venues near the base, eventually releasing the group's first singles "The Revelation" and "2 Live Beat Box", on their own label independent label Fresh Beat Records, that same year.[3]

"The Revelation" and "2 Live Beat Box" became popular in Florida, so much so that Hobbs and Wong Won eventually relocated to Miami at the behest of local concert promoter Luther Campbell, who was especially impressed by Hobb's DJing skills and prowess on the Roland 808 drum machine.[3][4]

1985–1986: Miami Bass DJ and 2 Live Crew success[edit]

In 1985, 2 Live Crew released their follow up single, "What I Like" on Fresh Beat Records. That same year, the group entered into a joint venture with Campbell and formed Luke Skyywalker Records. Shortly after forming the record label, Campbell joined 2 Live Crew as producer, artist, and hype man. In April, 1985, rapper Brother Marquis (Mark D. Ross) joined 2 Live Crew, replacing Vielot, who left the group shortly after its relocation to Miami .

In January 1986, 2 Live Crew released the EP "Throw the D" with "Ghetto Bass" on the B-side, with Hobbs as DJ and producer on both tracks.[5] "Throw the D" became an influential blueprint as to how future Miami bass songs were written and produced.[6] Hobbs' performances on these releases made him the first Miami Bass DJ.[7]

The reconfigured group, featuring the most well known lineup of the group (Hobbs, Campbell, Wong Won and Ross) became popular locally and nationally with the release of their Gold-certified debut album, The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are on July 25, 1986.[8] Notorious for sexually explicit lyrics, the album made Hobbs and his band mates rap superstars.[9]

1988–1991: Continued 2 Live Crew success and attendant controversy[edit]

In 1988, 2 Live Crew released their second album, Move Somethin' It was also certified Gold and featured the singles "Move Somethin'" and "Do Wah Diddy Diddy".[10] The album improved on the charts from the previous album, making in to #68 on the Billboard 200 and #20 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts. A separate ”clean” version of the album, suitable for radio play, was released in addition to the explicit version.

2 Live Crew’s third album As Nasty As They Wanna Be (1989), became the group’s most successful commercial studio album and was certified double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album’s lead single "Me So Horny" peaked at 26 of the Billboard Top 100 chart.[11] A clean version of the album, As Clean As They Wanna Be was released concurrently with the explicit version.

In 1990, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled As Nasty As They Wanna Be to be legally obscene, becoming the first album in history to be so declared by a federal court;[12] this ruling was later overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.[13][14] An obscenity trial followed, where all of the defendants, including Hobbs, were eventually acquitted of all charges.

In late 1990, following the verdict in the obscenity trial, 2 Live Crew released their fourth studio album, Banned in the U.S.A.. The album included the hits "Do the Bart" and the title track which peaked at 20 on the Billboard Top 100 chart.[15] The eponymous title single referred to the earlier federal court obscenity ruling regarding the group's previous album As Nasty As They Wanna Be. Bruce Springsteen granted the group permission to interpolate his song "Born in the U.S.A." for the single. Banned in the U.S.A. was also the first album to bear the RIAA-standard Parental Advisory warning sticker.[16]

Live in Concert, 2 Live Crew's fifth album and only live album, was also released in 1990. The album peaked at number 46 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[17]

Sports Weekend: As Nasty as They Wanna Be, Pt. 2, featuring the single "Pop That Coochie," which reached 58 on the Hot 100 chart, was released by 2 Live Crew in 1991.[18] The group's sixth album was a sequel of sorts to As Nasty As They Wanna Be, and was also accompanied by a clean version, Sports Weekend: As Clean As They Wanna Be, Pt. 2.

Sports Weekend: As Nasty as They Wanna Be, Pt. 2 would be the last studio album to include all of the most well known members of the group, Hobbs, Wong Won, Ross, and Campbell.[19]

1993–1999: Final albums with the most well known 2 Live crew line up, solo projects and 2 Live Crew reunion[edit]

Deal with This, a compilation album produced entirely by Hobbs, was independently released in 1993 on the Macola Records label, as a 2 Live Crew/Rock On Crew album. The singles that appeared on the album were unreleased tracks from 1984–1985 that Hobbs, Vielot and Wong Won had recorded before Ross and Campbell joined the group.

In 1994, Hobbs formed a group, Mr. Mixx and Da Roughneck Posse, which released the studio album One Monkey Don't Stop No Show.[20] That same year, with a group called Bass Poets, Hobbs released the album Bass-Boom-Booty.[21]

In 1995, Hobbs, Wong Won, and Ross reunited to release the single "Hoochie Mama" for the soundtrack of the popular 1995 movie Friday. The soundtrack reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, where it held its position for two weeks, and remained on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for six weeks.

Also in 1995, Hobbs teamed up with producer Billy Vidal to release several Miami Bass compilations from 1995 through 1997.[22]

In 1996, Hobbs again reunited with Wong Won and Ross as the 2 Live Crew, to perform, produce and release the group's seventh studio album Shake a Lil' Somethin' whose hit song of the same name, peaked at #72 on the Top 100 chart and #11 on the Hot Rap Songs|Hot Rap Singles chart.[23][24] Two of the album's singles charted: "Do the Damn Thing", which made it to #24 on the Hot Rap Singles chart, and "Be My Private Dancer", which peaked at #34.[25][26] Shake A Lil' Somethin' would be the last 2 Live Crew album to feature Hobbs.

In 1998, Hobbs released his first solo album The Sex Files.[27]

2000-present: Solo albums and current projects[edit]

In 2002, Hobbs released his second solo studio album Nasty Controversial & Unauthorized Part 1.[28]

In 2005, Hobbs released his third solo album Vgnl Minded on his own independent label, Mr. Mixx Recordings.[29]

From 2008 to 2011, Hobbs created and ran his own website, Collegepeepshowtv.com.[30]

In 2009, Hobbs released his fourth solo album The Money And The Booty .[31]

In 2010, Hobbs briefly reunited with former band mates Wong Wong, Ross, and Campbell as 2 Live Crew, and were honored at the 2010 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors: The Dirty South Edition awards show where they also performed.[32]

In 2016, Hobbs reunited with Ross to reform 2 Live Crew shortly before Wong Won‘s death in 2017. The duo subsequently released two singles How Bout Dem Cowboys (2016) and One Horse Sleigh (2016), and continue to tour nationally as 2 Live Crew.[33][34]

Hobbs also currently tours nationally with Afroman as his tour DJ, and continues to work with and produce other hip hop artists.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Serwer, Jesse (July 7, 2016). "2 Live Crew's DJ and Producer Mr. Mixx On the Roots of Miami Bass". www.redbullmusicacademy.com. Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Fresh Kid Ice Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Huey, Steve (1999). "The 2 Live Crew: Biography". allmusic. Retrieved January 4, 2010.
  4. ^ Campbell, Luther (May 10, 2016). "2 Live Crew Founder Mr. Mixx Can't Perform the Group's Songs Thanks to Court Settlement". miaminewtimes.com. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  5. ^ Strouse, Chuck (2017-07-13). "Chris Wong Won, Member of Historic 2 Live Crew, Dies at 53". Miami New Times. Archived from the original on 2019-04-14. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Uncle Luke Talks Tupac Movie, Forming '2 Live Crew', Remembers Rapper 'Fresh Kid Ice'". YouTube. OurVerity ENT. July 15, 2017.
  8. ^ "Gold & Platinum – RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  9. ^ Allah, Sha Be (2018-07-25). "Today In Hip Hop History: 2 Live Crew Dropped Their Debut Album '2 Live Crew Is What We Are' 32 Years Ago". The Source. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  10. ^ "Gold & Platinum – RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  11. ^ "The 2 Live Crew Me So Horny Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  12. ^ Skyywalker Records, Inc. v. Navarro, 739 F.Supp. 578 (S.D. Fla. 1990).
  13. ^ Luke Records, Inc. v. Navarro, 960 F.2d 134 (11th Cir. 1992).
  14. ^ Deflem, Mathieu. 2019. “Popular Culture and Social Control: The Moral Panic on Music Labeling.” American Journal of Criminal Justice, vol. 44 (First online: July 24, 2019).
  15. ^ "The 2 Live Crew Banned In The U.S.A. Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  16. ^ Schonfeld, Zach. "Does the Parental Advisory Label Still Matter?". Newsweek. Archived from the original on 2019-04-13. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  17. ^ "The 2 Live Crew Live In Concert Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  18. ^ "The 2 Live Crew Pop That Coochie Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  19. ^ Schwartz, Zachary; Horn, Leslie (2017-07-14). "Remembering Fresh Kid Ice, a Pioneering Asian Rapper". Noisey. Archived from the original on 2019-04-07. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  20. ^ "Mr. Mixx And Da Roughneck Posse – One Monkey Don't Stop No Show". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  21. ^ "Bass Poets With Special Guest: Mr. Mixx – Bass-Boom-Booty". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  22. ^ "Mr. Mixx". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  23. ^ "The 2 Live Crew Shake A Lil' Somethin'... Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  24. ^ "The 2 Live Crew Shake A Lil' Somethin'... Chart History". Hot Rap Songs. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  25. ^ "The 2 Live Crew Do The Damn Thing Chart History". Hot Rap Singles. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  26. ^ "The 2 Live Crew Be My Private Dancer Chart History". Hot Rap Songs. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  27. ^ "Mr. Mixx – The Sex Files". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  28. ^ "Dj Mr Mixx* - Nasty Controversial & Unauthorized". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  29. ^ "Vgnl Minded". Discogs. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  30. ^ "Collegepeepshowtv.com". Internet Archive Wayback Machine. August 3, 2019.
  31. ^ "DJ Mr. Mixx* - The Money And The Booty (Special German Edition)". Discogs.
  32. ^ "2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South (2010 TV Special) Full Cast & Crew". Imdb.
  33. ^ "How Bout Dem Cowboys – Single The 2 Live Crew & Mr. Mixx". Itunes. Nov 18, 2016.
  34. ^ "One Horse Sleigh The 2 Live Crew & Mr. Mixx". Itunes. Nov 18, 2016.

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