Rhymefest and Wyclef Jean are not the only emcees dabbling in politics. 2 Live Crew co-founder Luther “Luke” Campbell, who presently coaches high school football in Miami, Florida, recently told the Miami New Times that he’s open to running for the city’s mayor seat.
The cause for the former rapper’s pursuits has to do with a controversial Miami mayor facing a recall after Dade county employees received raises and a county budget increase in the face of a troubled economy. “If Carlos Alvarez gets recalled, I will seriously think about running for Miami-Dade County mayor,” wrote Campbell in an editorial for the newspaper. Mayor Alvarez has a present recall date of March 15, 2011. Campbell promises more “transparency” to the elected office if he were to be chosen by the people.
Known in large part for his explicit Rap lyrics and history of adult films, the 50 year-old lifelong Miami resident is aware of questions that come to the mind of skeptics. “If I decide I will get into politics, I have no problem addressing the many controversies that have been a part of my life,” he wrote. “I will have no problem answering questions about the negative side of my life. I look forward to my opponents digging up every wrong thing I have done.”
Luke’s last album was 2006’s My Life & Freak Times.