Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell has a distinction that neither time nor current chart status can diminish: he is a hip-hop first. Before OutKast, before Ludacris, before Jermaine Dupri, and the other Southern artists on the Billboard charts, Luther Campbell was the first Southern rapper. Known to put the "F" in freak, Luther Campbell was born and raised in Miami, Florida . He began his career as an intern for WEDR, a local urban station in the Miami area and he later became a concert promoter, before taking the helm as the freaky front man for rap group, 2 Live Crew, in the mid- 80's. After struggling to get signed, Luke started the first independent rap label, Luke Records. 2 Live Crew released their first album, As Nasty as They Wanna Be, under Luke Records in 1986. The first single, "Me So Horny" shot to the top of the Billboard charts even as it was banned from radio stations and retail stores. Despite the ban, the album sold well over 2 million copies to the ire of many politicians. Luke's highly publicized obscenity trials gave birth to the "parental advisory" sticker and his 1994 Supreme Court parody/fair use case shed a new light on the First Amendment.
In 1993 Luke released his first solo album, In the Nude, which was followed by a Christmas album and a greatest-hits LP before Luke signed a distribution contract with Island for 1997's album, Changin' the Game. Luke's Freak Fest 2000 (Loud) followed three years later and Somethin' Nasty (Koch) appeared in the spring of 2001.
In 2006 Luke announced he was retiring from hip-hop and launching an adult entertainment company. He said goodbye to his fans with the three-CD collection My Life & Freaky Times. A year later in December of 2007 Campbell launched, digital entertainment distribution company, The Luke Entertainment Group. Today Luke runs his company with the help of his fiance Kristin Thompson, who serves as general counsel. Luke has four children, and two who currently reside in Miami with him. Luther Campbell, Jr. is a 15 year old high school student, who hopes to follow in his father's footsteps one day and join the family business. Luke's 17-year old daughter, Lacresha Campbell, is heading into her senior year of high school and preparing to go off to college. Lacresha is currently looking at Florida A&M University and the University of Florida, but if Dad has his way she will go to the University of Miami.
Kristin Thompson, a 27-year old Dallas, Texas native won over Luther Campbell's heart. Luke's fiancé, Kristin, says she fell in love with the former, 2 Live Crew front man, after he swept her off her feet and reminded her of the "other" important man in her life, her father. Thompson says the same qualities that she saw in her father, attentive, strong, and protective, she saw in Luke instantly and she fell in love.
Kristin attended Florida State University undergrad and double majored in international business/marketing and sports management and received her law degree from Nova Southeastern University. The Texas beauty now works at Luke Entertainment as general counsel. When not assisting her fiancé, Luke, Kristin works extensively with the National Youth Football League as a National Cheer Director for youth throughout the Florida, Maryland, and Texas area. During Kristin's downtime she loves making arts and crafts, redecorating the house, and she doesn't miss an episode of HGTV's "Divine Design" with Candice Olson. After the wedding, Kristin plans to take the bar exam and eventually start her own entertainment law firm in Miami. In the future, she also hopes to expand the sporting division of Luke Entertainment and maybe one day take the NFL agent exam.
Kristen met Luke at Jerry's Deli in Miami Beach in late October. He was immediately smitten with her, while she says she didn't take him seriously. The two exchanged numbers and after two years Luke proposed to Kristin on Halloween in 2007. She looks forward to having children with Luke in the future and the two will be exchanging vows on July 19th in Dallas, Texas and honeymooning in Cabo San Lucas.