25 Best South Florida Rappers of All Time: From 5 to 1
Style: Pornographic soul
Blowfly is considered by many to be the first dirty rapper thanks to his 1980 single "Rapp Dirty." His span of albums include Porno Freak, 2001: A Sex Odyssey, and Live At the Platypussery. But as Clarence Henry Reid, the musical mastermind is an R&B-soul aficionado who got his start at TK Records. He wrote and produced for big names like Sam & Dave, Betty Wright, and KC & the Sunshine Band.
But there's no denying the great allure of Reid's futuristic supervillain-costume clad alter ego, Blowfly. In sequins, he's famous for parodying popular songs, making them entirely perverted. When only a lad, he turned "Do The Twist" to "Suck My Dick." Genius!
In 2011, The Weird World of Blowfly documentary explored the man's music, financial woes, oddly conservative persona, and attempt to regain his footing in the spotlight. He just performed at the Gathering and made Spin's list of "The 40 Best Things We Saw at Gathering of the Juggalos 2013." We consider that a big score for Miami and our flashy, filthy first local rapper.
1. 2 Live Crew
Style: Horny booty bass
These booty bass gods put Miami on the porn rap map, and after 1989's As Nasty As They Wanna Be, 2 Live Crew valiantly flipped a giant middle finger to Florida conservatism. U.S. district court judge Jorge Gonzalez ruled the album obscene and illegal to sell (the ruling was later reversed) and Crew members were arrested for performing their explicit, sex-ridden ditties in public. But the horndogs overcame the hate, and on their subsequent and aptly titled Banned in the U.S.A., the boys proudly whooped, "FACE DOWN ASS UP! THAT'S THE WAY WE LIKE TO FUCK!" Now that kind of moxie, kiddies, is what makes for the best rap in South Florida.
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