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Live Crew co-founder Christopher Wong Won dead at 53

Live Crew co-founder Christopher Wong Won dead at 53

Fresh Kid Ice, a founding member of the rap group 2 Live Crew, has died, aged 53, according to his manager.

Chris Wong Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew who just passed away. 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).

Fresh Kid Ice, whose real name is Christopher Wong Won, died on Tuesday in a Miami hospital from an undisclosed illness. 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. The three were later joined by Luther Campbell in 1990. That track's publisher, Acuff-Rose, sued 2 Live Crew, but the Supreme Court deemed "Pretty Woman" parody, which qualified it for fair use.

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

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In 1988, shortly before the release of 2 Live Crew's sophomore album Move Somethin' in 1988, Fresh Kid was involved in a near fatal vehicle accident. A Broward record store owner was also jailed for selling the album to an undercover cop. The group was best known for their distinct sounds that came through the monster cuts "Banned in the USA" and "Me So Horny". "I didn't know an Asian dude was rapping like that!'"

Fresh Kid previously addressed how being one of the first Asian rappers impacted his fans.

Fresh Kid has experienced medical issues in the past. He discovered the rapper Flo Rida.

Fresh Kid Ice suffered strokes in 2008 and 2010.