Hip-Hop is mourning the death of one of it’s legends. 2 Live Crew co-founder Fresh Kid Ice is dead.
Fresh Kid Ice, whose real name is Christopher Wong Won, died on Tuesday in a Miami hospital from an undisclosed illness, TMZ reported. He was age 53 at the time of his death. Kid Ice is a pioneer for Asian rap and was an influencial voice in hip hop along with his band members DJ Mr. Mixx and Amazing Vee in the mid 1980s to early 90s. The trio formed the group 2 Live Crew in 1984 and scored a number of his records including the controversial single “Me So Horny.”
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. Luther sent his condolence on Twitter this mornin writing, “My Condolence goes out to the family Chris Wong Wong Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew who just passed away people we lost a legend.”
2 Live Crew was perhaps the first group to be arrested for what police called obscene and lewd music. Kid Ice and Luther Campbell were arrested in 1990 following a live performance. They quickly became the poster child for First Amendment Rights in America. Fresh Kid Ice later went and formed his own solo career and launched his own label Chinaman Records.
My Condolence goes out to the family Chris Wong Wong Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew who just passed away people we lost a legend
— Luther Luke Campbell (@unclelukereal1) July 13, 2017
R.I.P. Fresh Kid Ice.