Fresh Kid Ice, a founding member of 2 Live Crew, has died aged 53. The group’s manager says that the pioneering rapper passed away at 7:50 am this morning (Thursday July 13) at a Miami hospital as the result of a medical condition.
Fresh Kid Ice, real name Chris Wong Won, formed 2 Live Crew with DJ Mr. Mixx and Amazing Vee in 1984 and was later joined by Luther Campbell when they signed with his record label. Won had previously served for 4 years in the U.S. Air Force.
Fresh Kid Ice and 2 Live Crew wrote their names in the history books when their ‘As Nasty As They Wanna Be’ album became the first to be labeled as legally obscene by the government.
The group were also infamously arrested following a 1990 live performance when police decided their music and act was obscene and lewd.
Fresh Kid Ice went on to form his own record label, Chinaman Records.
Our thoughts go out to Fresh Kid Ice’s friends and family, including Luther Campbell, who tweeted:
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
— LUTHER R CAMPBELL (@unclelukereal1) July 13, 2017
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