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2 Live Crew Rapper Brother Marquis: Dead At 57

Best know for his involvement with the iconic hip-hip group 2 Live Crew, Brother Marquis has passed away at the age of 57.

The manager of the once controversial Miami-based rap group confirmed that the MC, born Mark Ross, died on Monday (6.03) though no further details surrounding his passing were disclosed. 

Alongside Christopher Wong Won (Fresh Kid Ice), Luther Campbell (Luke Skyywalker) and David Hobbs (Mr. Mixx), Marquis joined the group in 1986, and during their hay day the group released eight albums from 1986’s The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are to The Real One in 1998.

Due to the sexually explicit nature of their lyrics, the quartet was considered extremely controversial at the time, with their third album, As Nasty as They Wanna Be (1990) ruled legally obscene and made illegal to sell. Including Brother Marquis, three members of the group endured an obscenity trial for performing songs from that album at a nightclub and were ultimately found not guilty and the ruling against the album was overturned in 1992. 

In addition to 2 Live Crew, Marquis formed the duo 2 Nasty, featured on Ice-T’s song ’99 Problems,’ and released the solo project, Bottom Boi Style Vol. 1. He reunited with various members of the Crew on and off from the mid-2000s. 

Ross’ bandmate Fresh Kid Ice passed away in 2017.

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Author: Al Dente

Photo: DJ Mr Mixx