Fresh Kid Ice of 2 Live Crew Passes Away at 53
Fresh Kid Ice, a.k.a. Christopher Wong Won, died early Thursday morning from an unknown medical condition. The founding member of the American hip-hop group, 2 Live Crew, was 53 years old, TMZ reported.
2 Live Crew exploded on the Miami scene in the late 1980s and was considered one of the most controversial acts of that time. Their 1989 album, As Nasty As They Wanna Be was packed with over-the-top sexual content and sometimes unauthorized samples. While this helped album sales to climb, it fueled backlash from the government and broke new ground on censorship. In 1990, Banned in the U.S.A. was the very first release to bear the “Parental Advisory” warning sticker.
Fresh Kid Ice was of Trinidadian and Chinese descent and was often credited with being the first prominent Asian rapper. In 1992, he released his debut solo album, The Chinaman and eventually would start his own record label, Chinaman Records. In 2016, Fresh Kid Ice published his memoir, My Rise 2 Fame and gave Vice a candid interview about being the first-ever notable rapper of Asian descent.
2 Live Crew had a few members come and go through the ’80s and ’90s, including founding members, J Mr. Mixx (David Hobbs) and Amazing Vee (Yuri Vielot), and Brother Marquis and Uncle Luke.
Uncle Luke, a.k.a. Luther Campbell took to Twitter this morning with a heartfelt post:
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