Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Live Crew rapper 'Fresh Kid Ice' dies

Live Crew rapper 'Fresh Kid Ice' dies

Christopher Wong Won, who was known as Fresh Kid Ice, died Tuesday at the age of 53. Miami rapper and record producer Luther Campbell, aka Luke Skyywalker, offered 2 Live Crew a recording contract. 2 Live Crew would add rapper Brother Marquis to their lineup and in 1986, Campbell's Luke Records released the outfit's debut LP, The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are.

Rising out of Miami, 2 Live Crew rose to prominence in the late 80s and 90s with their hyper-sexualized lyrics and artwork with tracks like "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" and "Me So Horny", going so far as to be deemed "legally obscene" by the United States government.

A native of the island of Port of Spain, Trinidad, Fresh Kid Ice grew up in Brooklyn, New York.

According to the group's manager (via TMZ), Fresh Kid Ice passed away just before 8 a.m. early Thursday morning (Jul. 13) at a Miami hospital due to an undisclosed medical condition.

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Fresh Kid Ice is the second major rapper to face an untimely death in the last month - rapper Prodigy, best known as one half of the NY hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, died on June 20, aged 42. That's when an obscenity lawsuit highlighting the record's raunchiness went all the way to the Supreme Court. Other people could be like, 'Damn, that could be me. He released a tell-all autobiography, My Rise 2 Fame, in 2015.

The independent "Booty Bass" pioneers would soon relocate to Miami, where they helped popularize a brand of Hip-Hop blending Rap and Bass music. He rapped on both of 2.L.C.'s Top 40 hits, 1989's "Me So Horny" and the lead verse on 1990's "Banned In The U.S.A".

'The Asians were there in the beginning of hip-hop - but as DJs, ' he said.

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