One of the co-founder’s of iconic rap group, 2 Live Crew, has passed away. Co-founder, Fresh Kid Ice, died at a Miami hospital, where doctors were treating him for an undisclosed illness. He was 53 years old.
Fresh Kid Ice was born Christopher Wong Won. Though he hailed from Trinidad and Tobago, his formative years were spent in Queens. In his teen years, he signed up and served in the United States Air Force.
A bit later, he began working with Amazing Vee and DJ Mr. Mixx. Together they would form 2 Live Crew This all went down in California, but the story gets interesting when Won moved to Miami. This was the hotbed where their debut single began making waves.
Soon the act added Luke Skyywalker and Won’s brother Marquis. This lineup would launch them into stardom. In 1989, with the release of their third studio album, Nasty As They Wanna Be, 2 Live Crew saw superstardom when the record went double platinum. It saw four major singles, including “Me So Horny,” “C’Mon Babe,” “The Fuck Shop,” and “Coolin.”
A note of interest, in 1990, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled that the album was legally obscene. 2 Live Crew fought this all the way to the Eleventh Circuit Court, where they won. It wass the first album in history to be deemed legally obscene.
Fresh Kid Ice also broke ground as the first Asian American rapper to receive notoriety.
Won will be missed. His contributions to hip hop forever changed the game. Remember him below.