Live Crew co-founder Christopher Wong Won dead at 53

Live Crew co-founder Christopher Wong Won dead at 53

Live Crew co-founder Christopher Wong Won dead at 53

Fresh Kid Ice, one of the founder members of controversial hip-hop outfit 2 Live Crew has died, aged 53.

Former group member Luther Campbell (Uncle Luke) tweeted his condolences earlier today.

"People we lost a legend", Campbell tweeted.

The rapper and his crew were active promoters for First Amendment Rights after their album, As Nasty As They Wanna Be, was the first to be deemed legally obscene by government officials. Also widely recognized as the first rapper of Asian decent, Fresh Kid Ice leaves behind quite a legacy.

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Fresh Kid Ice, whose real name is Christopher Wong Won, died on Tuesday in a Miami hospital from an undisclosed illness. 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).

For the last 30 years, Fresh Kid Ice's health was challenging.

In 1986, the group released the album "The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are".

The independent "Booty Bass" pioneers would soon relocate to Miami, where they helped popularize a brand of Hip-Hop blending Rap and Bass music. He was also noted for being the only member of 2 Live Crew to appear on all of their albums until he left the group to relaunch Chinaman Records, Chinaman being his other nickname. He released a tell-all autobiography, My Rise 2 Fame, in 2015. "I didn't know an Asian dude was rapping like that!'" Ice had previously suffered two strokes, one in 2008 and one in 2010.

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