Fresh Kid Ice dies aged 53

Posted July 14, 2017

Fresh Kid Ice, one of the founding members of rap group 2 Live Crew, has died early Thursday in Miami at age 53, according to multiple media reports.

"People we lost a legend", Campbell tweeted. The group was best known for their 1989 classic album As Nasty As They Wanna Be, which gained critical reception for its obscene language and content. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Wong Won's family was of Trinidadian and Chinese descent, and Fresh Kid Ice is often credited with being the first prominent Asian rapper.

Fresh Kid Ice formed 2 Live Crew in 1984 with DJ Mr. Mixx and Amazing Vee. After graduating high school in 1982, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving for four years.

The obscene label was eventually overturned in 1992, when the US Court of Appeals for the 11th District ruled that the album featured significant influences from literary traditions and African-American Culture. The group's last record, The Real One, was released in 1998.

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Hip-Hop is mourning the death of one of it's legends. "I didn't know an Asian dude was rapping like that!'" Wong wrote a lot about being ostracized as a youth due to his heritage in his memoir My Rise 2 Fame.

In 1985, Uncle Luke booked the Fresh Beat Records group to perform in South Florida.

In a 2016 interview with Vice, he described the current state of Asian representation in rap and hip hop music. After making a name for himself in the music industry, he later went on to form his own record label called Chinaman Records.

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