Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice dies

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Chris Wong Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew who just passed away.

Fresh Kid is noted for being the first Asian rapper, the only 2 Live Crew member to appear on all eight albums, and for discovering rapper Flo Rida.

Christopher Wong Won, who was known as Fresh Kid Ice, died Tuesday at the age of 53. That year, a federal court declared their album As Nasty As They Wanna Be the first legally obscene album, making it illegal for retailers in south Florida to sell.

2 Live Crew's career was fraught with controversy.

In fact, Fresh Kid and Campbell, aka Uncle Luke, were arrested in 1990 after a live performance that city officials and police deemed obscene and lewd. The trio formed the group 2 Live Crew in 1984 and scored a number of his records including the controversial single "Me So Horny".


Fresh Kid Ice spent time in the armed forces before getting into music.

While the group officially disbanded after their 1998 album, The Real One, Won continued to release music as a solo artist; he also founded his own record label in 2004, Chinaman Records.

Fresh Kid Ice was born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Brooklyn. 'We've been in the background and stayed behind the scenes, but we learn from our mistakes. "We lost a legend", Uncle Luke wrote.

Fresh Kid Ice suffered strokes in 2008 and 2010. The incidents impaired his ability to move and speak.

Fresh Kid Ice is the second major rapper to face an untimely death in the last month - rapper Prodigy, best known as one half of the NY hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, died on June 20, aged 42.

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