Fresh Kid Ice, one of the founding members of rap group 2 Live Crew, has died early Thursday in Miami at age 53, according to multiple media reports.
They later hooked up with Luther Campbell and signed to his record label. They obtained even greater fame and notoriety in the 1980s as their album, As Nasty As They Wanna Be, was the first to be labeled legally obscene by the federal government.
A native of the island of Port of Spain, Trinidad, Fresh Kid Ice grew up in Brooklyn, New York.
His real name was Chris Wong Won and he was considered a pioneer for Asian rappers.
Fresh Kid formed the legendary hip-hop crew 2 Live Crew alongside DJ Mr. Mixx and Amazing Vee in 1984.
While Wong Won continued to record with 2 Live Crew, he released his debut solo album, The Chinaman, in 1992.
"Dam! Just got call we lost 2 Live crew legend Fresh Kid Ice this morning!"
Fresh Kid Ice was the only 2 Live Crew member who appeared on all albums. The group released their eighth and last studio album in 1998. He discovered the rapper Flo Rida.
'The Asians were there in the beginning of hip-hop - but as DJs, ' he said.
'A lot of people see us as being passive, but sometimes being passive means that you're learning. (An Asian rapper) has to just come along and do it big'. Ice had previously suffered two strokes, one in 2008 and one in 2010. The incidents impaired his ability to move and speak.
In 2012, he, Uncle Luke and Brother Marquis had a 2 Live Crew reunion.
Hip-Hop is mourning the death of one of it's legends.
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