2 Live Crew Rapper Brother Marquis Dies at Age 58

Brother Marquis of 2 Live Crew (Credit: YouTube/VladTV)

Brother Marquis, a member of Miami rap group 2 Live Crew, has died. He was 58.

The group shared news of his death on its social media accounts Monday, June 3.

2 Live Crew’s manager confirmed the passing of Brother Marquis in an email to USA Today.

Group member Uncle Luke (aka Luther Campbell) remembered his friend on X (formerly Twitter).

“My Condolence goes out to the Family of Brother Marquis and so many of his Fans from around the World after learning his passing,” Uncle Luke posted. “We took on so many fights for the culture made Great music together something I would never forget.”

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Brother Marquis, real name Mark Ross, was born in Rochester, New York in April 1966. As a teen, he moved with his family to Southern California and later relocated to Miami.

In 1986, he joined 2 Live Crew, which was made up of DJ Mr. Mixx (David Hobbs), Luke Skyywalker (Luther Campbell), and Fresh Kid Ice (Chris Wong Won), who died at age 53 in 2017.

The group found success in the late 1980s and 1990s. Their most popular song was “Me So Horny” from the 1989 album As Nasty As They Wanna Be.

In a 2022 interview with the VladTV YouTube channel, brother Marquis said he wrote “the entire record,” including the hit single “Me So Horny.”

As Nasty As They Wanna Be was the first album banned by the U.S. government. In 1990, a federal court ruled the album was legally obscene, and made it illegal for retailers to sell the record. The obscenity ruling was overturned by an appeals court two years later.

Brother Marquis was also featured on tracks by other artists, including Ice-T.

“Woke up to the news that My homie Brother Marquis of the 2Live Crew has passed away.” Ice-T shared on X Tuesday. “He was my partner and on the Original 99problems. Sad news… Too young… too soon. RIP Homie.”

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