Label: Luke, Atlantic Records

As Nasty as They Wanna Be isn't just an album name; in the wake of the controversy the project's explicit content sparked, it became a defiant political declaration. In 1990 a federal judge in Florida ruled that the LP was legally obscene, which led to the arrest of three 2 Live members when they brashly performed some of the songs at a Broward County club. The group fought back in the courts: They were acquitted, and the obscenity ruling was later overturned. Salute to 2 Live Crew for patriotically defending our freedom to get freaky.