Finally, a light moment in the ever-unfolding 2 Live Crew saga: 2 Live Jews -- MC Moisha and Easy Irving -- are Miami-based octogenarian rappers who have released the album "As Kosher as They Wanna Be," and its first single, "Oy! It's So Humid." Sounding both Crewish and Yiddish, the single features such risque lines as "Walking back to the hotel from the bagel shop/ It was so damn humid I was almost like a mop/ I was sweating like a mule, I was frying like a blintz/ I was swimming in my shorts, if you get the hint." The girlie chorus goes "Oy, it's so humid, oy, it's so humid/ it's like a sauna in here ... " And, yes, there's a video. The rest of the album (on Kosher Records) features Beastless Boys-style raps such as "Accountant Suckers," "Beggin' for a Bargain," the inspirational "Young Jews Be Proud" and "Shake Your Tuchas" (it's a Yiddish thing, you wouldn't understand).

Actually, Moisha and Irving are characters created by 27-year-old comedian and impressionist Eric Lambert and 25-year-old musician and producer Joe Stone (both are Jewish). This isn't the first radio-friendly parody rap for Stone, who penetrated the lower reaches of the Billboard charts in the mid-'80s with "Ronnie's Rap." There's an intriguing subtext here, as well: Stone's father, Henry, was the founder and president of TK Records, the most successful Florida-based independent label ever (thanks to KC and the Sunshine Band, recently celebrated on a Rhino compilation). Eventually the label went into Chapter 11, and today the most successful label in Florida is ... 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell's Luke Records!

Chain Reaction to 'Nasty' On the more familiar serious note: Even as the Crew's new "Banned in the U.S.A." album approaches platinum status without the help of federal judges and local law enforcement officials, its predecessor, "As Nasty as They Wanna Be," continues to attract attention, most recently in Dallas, where city district attorneys charged two major retail chains with selling obscene material. It's no longer local clerks who are being threatened with fines and imprisonment, but executives in faraway corporate headquarters. One chain has already pulled "Nasty" from its two dozen Texas stores as well as from locations in Tennessee and Florida.

Some companies are choosing not to have anything to do with bands performing explicit material. Indiana-based Digital Audio Disc Corp. recently refused to press the self-titled major label debut by Houston rappers the Geto Boys. In fact, Geffen, which distributes the Def American label (also home to Andrew Dice Clay, Slayer and Danzig), refused to allow its name or logo to appear on the album (and the latest albums by those other groups as well); late yesterday Geffen appeared ready to withdraw totally. Besides the standard Recording Industry Association of America advisory, the Geto Boys album will carry a sticker reading "Def American Recordings is opposed to censorship. Our manufacturer and distributor, however, do not condone or endorse the content of this recording, which they find violent, sexist, racist and indecent."

Why the fuss, particularly since many of the songs have been out more than a year on the Geto Boys' own Rap-A-Lot label? Well, the Los Angeles Times suggests we imagine a mix of N.W.A.'s violent imagery and 2 Live Crew's sexual nasties, most evident on "The Mind of a Lunatic," an "I Am a Camera"-style depiction of the actions of a sadistic rapist-murderer who slashes a woman's throat and then has sex with the corpse. "Scarface" describes a violent sex act that ends with a shotgun blast to the woman's head. Other cuts include "Let a Ho Be a Ho," "Grip It on That Other Level" and "Size Ain't {Expletive}" (Geto Boy Bushwick Bill, who is a midget, told the Times, "There is no line between reality and exploitation.")

Perhaps not surprisingly, Digital Audio Disc Corp. has now totally severed its relationship with Def America; the CD will be pressed by another company. There were apparently no problems with the cassette manufacturing or the publicity.

Atlantic Antics Other twists on the taste and censorship front: Atlantic Records seems to be the Grove Press of the '90s. Last year it took heat over anti-gay comments by Sebastian Bach of Skid Row. Earlier this year it released an album by the rap group Audio Two, with a cut titled "Watcha' Lookin At" containing the fillip "what's the matter with you, boy, are you gay? Yo, I hope that ain't the case 'cause gay mothers get punched in the face." This is hardly a PSA at a time when violent incidents against homosexuals are at an all-time high and continuing to rise. Recently, both Atlantic CEO Ahmet Ertegun and label head Doug Morris indicated they would not have allowed the song on the album if they had known its lyrics, but stood by the group on free speech grounds. A few weeks ago, of course, Atlantic signed its distribution deal with 2 Live Crew.

(However, Atlantic has done a back flip, pressuring the thrash metal band Vio-lence into dropping a cut called "Torture Tactics" from its new "Oppressing the Masses" album. The song contains graphic descriptions of the way governments and terrorist groups try to get information out of people unwilling to give it up. The song was on advance tapes for the album but subsequently disappeared; it may eventually resurface as a single on an independent label.)

Back on the gay-bashing front, Arista's Snap provoked a radio and retail boycott in the Boston area after vocalist Turbo Harris assaulted the owner of a gay nightclub where the band had just performed at an AIDS benefit in mid-July. Saying he was not anti-gay but had lost his temper after being sexually approached by several patrons, Harris subsequently apologized, but at least two radio stations dropped the group's Top 10 single "The Power" and its follow-up "Oops Up/ Believe the Hype." The New England Disc Jockey Association has also stopped reporting the new song, and the Newbury chain has pulled the singles and album from its shelves. An upcoming concert at a gay nightclub in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was canceled by the promoter.