2 Live Crew Rapper, co-founder Fresh Kid Ice Died at 53. 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.
The news of his death was disclosed by former bandmates Luther Campbell and Brother Marquis.
“I just got the word that my long time friend and rap legend Fresh Kid Ice the Chinaman has passed away,” Brother Marquis told Vibe. “I would like to say that I love him and extend my condolences to his family. He truly loved all of his fans. I’ll always remember and cherish all of the good times we had together and all of the history we made. I would like to express my true love for him.”
Fresh Kid Ice (also known as The Chinaman) was the first famous rapper of Asian descent (he was of Chinese and Trinidadian descent). Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, he moved to Brooklyn as a teen, joined the U.S. Air Force for four years and formed 2 Live Crew in the early ’80s.
As part of 2 Live Crew, he contributed to a string of sexually explicit Gold and Platinum albums from 1986 to 1991, including the 1989 classic As Nasty As They Wanna Be. In addition to giving the world the Full Metal Jacket-sampling single “Me So Horny” – which hit No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot Rap Songs list – As Nasty As They Wanna Be holds an important place in pop culture history: It’s the first album to be declared legally obscene by a court. It was subsequently banned in Florida, although the ruling was later overturned.
Fresh Kid Ice released My Rise 2 Fame, a tell-all autobiography, in 2015.
2 Live Crew Rapper, co-founder Fresh Kid Ice Died at 53. Our thoughts are with the family. R.I.P. Fresh Kid Ice.