Live Crew Co-Founder & Rap Pioneer Dead At 53

Live Crew Co-Founder & Rap Pioneer Dead At 53

Live Crew Co-Founder & Rap Pioneer Dead At 53

Christopher Wong Won-better known as "Fresh Kid Ice", the co-founder of the popular Miami, Florida Hip-Hop group 2 Live Crew-has died at the age of 53.

Many have taken to social media to pay tribute to Ice, with rapper Rick Ross writing, "Just got call we lost 2 Live crew legend Fresh Kid Ice this morning!"

Founding 2 Live Crew member Fresh Kid Ice has died, his manager confirmed to multiple outlets Thursday.

In addition to being an energetic outfit, 2 Live Crew were considered unsafe for their time, freely and graphically rapping about sex and misogyny before such practices were widely adopted by other rappers.

Fellow 2 Live Crew member Uncle Luke tweeted about Fresh Kids Ice's death shortly after the rapper's manager told TMZ of his death. In 1990 a federal court ruled that it was "obscene" and made it illegal for record stores in southern Florida to sell the album. The group burst onto the Miami hip-hop scene in the mid-1980s and were known for their explicit hits and parodies. The group's last record, The Real One, was released in 1998.

Fresh Kid Ice also had an ear for fresh musical talent.

In an interview he gave the Miami New Times in 2014, Won said his group's music had value even if the authorities did not like it.

After graduating high school in 1982, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving for four years.

'A lot of people see us as being passive, but sometimes being passive means that you're learning.

Fresh Kid previously addressed how being one of the first Asian rappers impacted his fans. The incidents impaired his ability to move and speak.

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