Live Crew co-founder Fresh Kid Ice has passed away


Christopher Wong Won, aka Fresh Kid Ice, one of the co-founders of the Miami-based 2 Live Crew rap group, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, in a Miami hospital, according to multiple news sources.

After forming the group and realizing their success, the group later joined Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell's record label and brought him into the fold.

Campbell tweeted: "People we lost a legend".

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.

"When we first started, a lot of people didn't know I was Asian", Fresh Kid Ice said during an interview with Vice in 2016. He was 53 years old. He formed the legendary hip-hop crew with DJ Mr. Mixx and Amazing Vee in 1984. They released their debut album The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are in 1986. He released a tell-all autobiography, My Rise 2 Fame, in 2015.

Uncle Luke was the first member of the pioneering group to post condolences.

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. He rapped on both of 2.L.C.'s Top 40 hits, 1989's "Me So Horny" and the lead verse on 1990's "Banned In The U.S.A". That's when an obscenity lawsuit highlighting the record's raunchiness went all the way to the Supreme Court. That comes as other 1980s Hip-Hop acts such as N.W.A. and Roxanne Shanté have become theatrical film subjects.