The 2 Live Crew is back in the studio, ready to release their album in over twelve years - and have brought producer Mannie Fresh along for the ride.
The Miami, Florida rap group has tapped the former Cash Money producer, in addition to former Slip-N-Slide producer Funk Boogie.
The album, titled Just Wanna Be Heard, is set to be released on Nu Focuz Entertainment/Lil Joe Records this August, and will feature guest appearances from Too $hort, E-40 and the Insane Clown Posse.
"We’ve been away for so long. The album states where Marquis and I are coming from,” said member Fresh Kid Ice to AllHipHop.com. “We want to be back on the scene and with a lot of things going on. Music is like the same right now when you listen to a lot of different groups and so forth. So it’s our time again to be heard and we wanna be heard. So with two platinum producers and we all basically vibed on how to take 2 Live Crew to the next level instead of sounding like we did in the 80’s and 90’s."
The first single for the album will be titled "Cougar." "It’s a lot of older women with the younger men type of thing and it’s a good thing,” said Fresh Kid Ice. “Cause you gotta learn somewhere so hopefully every young man can experience a cougar and hope she don’t bite too hard."
Although the album doesn't feature original member Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell, the iconic group member will join them on select dates during a summer tour.