Live Crew co-founder Fresh Kid Ice dies at 53

David Hobbs Mark Ross Christopher Wong

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 Won Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew who just passed away people we lost a legend", he wrote.

Fresh Kid Ice is noted as one of the first prominent Asian rappers and is the only 2 Live Crew member to have appeared on all of the group's albums.

Ice, real name Chris Wong Won, died on Wednesday night at a Miami hospital from an unspecified medical condition.

Their most popular album, As Nasty As They Want To Be, which was released in 1989, was the first album that the United States government deemed legally obscene. After migrating to Brooklyn from Trinidad and Tobago, he formed 2 Live Crew in the early '80s.

Fresh Kid and Campbell were arrested in 1990 after a live performance police deemed obscene and lewd.


He co-founded 2 Live Crew with DJ Mr. Mixx (David Hobbs) and Amazing Vee (Yuri Vielot) while still living in California but they relocated to Florida when their 1984 debut single "The Revelation" became a surprise hit there.

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

Hip-Hop is mourning the death of one of it's legends.

In a 2014 interview, Won told the Miami New Times that the group "knew that there's value to our music even though it's not what (the authorities) wanted it to be".

'The Asians were there in the beginning of hip-hop - but as DJs, ' he said. Ice had previously suffered two strokes, one in 2008 and one in 2010.

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