Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice dies

Posted July 14, 2017

Fresh Kid Ice, a founding member of the rap group 2 Live Crew, has died, aged 53, according to his manager.

'My Condolence goes out to the family Chris Wong Wong Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew who just passed away people we lost a legend, ' he wrote.

Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, but raised in Brooklyn, New York, he co-founded the 2 Live Crew, the influential Miami hip-hop act, in the mid-1980s along with DJ Mr. Mixx (born David Hobbs) and Amazing Vee (born Yuri Vielot).

Fresh Kid Ice, whose real name is Christopher Wong Won, died on Tuesday in a Miami hospital from an undisclosed illness. In 1989, 2 Live Crew went to court because their 1989 album As Nasty as the Wanna Be was considered too offensive.

Fresh Kid Ice was the only member to appear on every 2 Live Crew album. They later were signed to Luther Campbell's record label. In 1990 a federal court ruled that it was "obscene" and made it illegal for record stores in southern Florida to sell the album.

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2 Live Crew were known for their sexually explicit lyrics, many of which caused much controversy. The group released their eighth and last studio album in 1998.

In a 2016 interview with Vice, he described the current state of Asian representation in rap and hip hop music.

Uncle Luke and other notable artists paid homage to Fresh Kid Ice, who was also known as "The Chinaman" on social media.

Fresh Kid served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years before getting into music. In 2009 and 2010, Won suffered two unrelated strokes and had to learn how to walk and speak again, Vibe reports.