Fresh Kid Ice, 2 Live Crew Co-Founder, Dead At 53

Fresh Kid Ice Cause of Death: How Did the 2 Live Crew Rapper Die?

"My Condolences goes out to the family [of] Chris Wong Won Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew, who passed away this morning".

Wong Won was 53 years old. Kid Ice is a pioneer for Asian rap and was an influencial voice in hip hop along with his band members DJ Mr. Mixx and Amazing Vee in the mid 1980s to early 90s.

A native of the island of Port of Spain, Trinidad, Fresh Kid Ice grew up in Brooklyn, New York.

See more social media tributes to Won - from Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, and others - below. 2 Live Crew would add rapper Brother Marquis to their lineup and in 1986, Campbell's Luke Records released the outfit's debut LP, The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are.




Their most popular album, As Nasty As They Want To Be, which was released in 1989, was the first album that the U.S. government deemed legally obscene.

The group referenced their legal problems with their next album, 1999's Banned in the US and sampled Bruce Springsteen's Born in the United States of America.

The Supreme Court ruled in favour with 2 Live Crew in 1992 but the case led to parental advisory labels on album covers.

Fresh Kid Ice was the only 2 Live Crew member who appeared on all albums. The group's last record, The Real One, was released in 1998. In Florida, Fresh Kid Ice served as the group's de facto leader on singles like "Throw the Dick" and "What I Like". He discovered the rapper Flo Rida. "I didn't know an Asian dude was rapping like that!'" Wong wrote a lot about being ostracized as a youth due to his heritage in his memoir My Rise 2 Fame.

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