Luther Campbell of the rap group 2 Live Crew says people should spend more time worrying about homelessness and hunger and less time trying to prove the lyrics to his songs are obscene.

"We have an outrageous amount of people sleeping in the streets and without anything to eat, but we find rappers more important," Campbell wrote in Monday's Los Angeles Times.Campbell and fellow 2 Live Crew members Mark "Brother Marquis" Ross and Chris "Fresh Kid Ice" Wongwon were acquitted in Florida last month of obscenity for performing songs from their "As Nasty as They Wanna Be" album.

They could have been jailed for up to a year.

"Our environment is slowly being pulled apart, and we put people in jail for a bunch of words," Campbell wrote. "Sometimes I wonder what starving people in Ethiopia would think about the money we've wasted on taking this to court."