Christopher “Fresh Kid Ice” Wong Won, a co-founder of the legendary 2 Live Crew rap group, has died at the age of 53. The pioneering Asian MC passed away in a Miami hospital due to an undisclosed medical condition, according to TMZ.
Ice founded 2 Live Crew with DJ Mr. Mixx and Amazing Vee back in 1984. They soon joined Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell’s record label and added him to the fold.
Together, the group went on to fight for First Amendment Rights with songs like “As Nasty As They Wanna Be,” which became the first song that the government deemed legally obscene. In 1990, 2 Live Crew’s Banned in the U.S.A. became the first album to carry the parental advisory sticker.
Following his work with 2 Live Crew, Wong Won launched his solo career with The Chinaman in 1992. He also went on to form his own record label, Chinaman Records, and he wrote an autobiography, My Rise 2 Fame.
“My Condolence goes out to the family Chris Wong Wong Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew who just passed away,” wrote Uncle Luke. “people we lost a legend.”
R.I.P. Fresh Kid Ice.