Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, but raised in Brooklyn, New York, he co-founded the 2 Live Crew, the influential Miami hip-hop act, in the mid-1980s along with DJ Mr. Mixx (born David Hobbs) and Amazing Vee (born Yuri Vielot). In 1990, Fresh and Luke were arrested after cops deemed one of their live performances lewd and inappropriate.
Campbell tweeted Thursday, "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".
See other tributes to Won below. Also widely recognized as the first rapper of Asian decent, Fresh Kid Ice leaves behind quite a legacy.
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2 Live Crew rose to prominence in the late Eighties with a rumbling Miami bass sound packed with samples and hyper-sexualized lyrics that helped them sell millions of records and earn the ire of politicians and family advocacy groups.
Their most popular album, As Nasty As They Want To Be, which was released in 1989, was the first album that the United States government deemed legally obscene. The group expanded to include Luther Campbell, now known as Uncle Luke, when they signed with his record label shortly after. A judge ruled he violated federal obscenity laws. The group's last record, The Real One, was released in 1998.
Fresh Kid served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years before getting into music. He discovered the rapper Flo Rida. On Instagram, the rap artist also shared an image of Fresh Kid smiling with the same mournful caption.
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The founding member of 2 Live Crew passed away in Miami, reports TMZ. (An Asian rapper) has to just come along and do it big'.
He was involved in a auto crash in 1988 and suffered a stroke on Thanksgiving in 2008. The incidents impaired his ability to move and speak. He was age 53 at the time of his death.
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