Live Crew co-founder Fresh Kid Ice dies at 53

Fresh Kid Ice Cause of Death: How Did the 2 Live Crew Rapper Die?

Fresh Kid Ice of 2 Live Crew, the iconic hip-hop group that battled obscenity charges, has died at 53, according to a tweet from his former manager Luther Campbell. Fittingly, he added, "We lost a legend".

For the last 30 years, Fresh Kid Ice's health was challenging.

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The rapper and his crew were active promoters for First Amendment Rights after their album, As Nasty As They Wanna Be, was the first to be deemed legally obscene by government officials.

Luther Campbell, a.k.a. Uncle Luke, tweeted condolences. After the platinum-selling As Nasty As They Wanna Be, Campbell took full control of 2 Live Crew and released their next LP, Banned In the United States of America. Fresh Kid Ice, whose real name was Chris Wong Won, is known as one of the first Asian rappers in America.

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In 1988, shortly before the release of 2 Live Crew's sophomore album Move Somethin' in 1988, Fresh Kid was involved in a near fatal vehicle accident.

Uncle Luke and other notable artists paid homage to Fresh Kid Ice, who was also known as "The Chinaman" on social media. 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".

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2 Live Crew underwent various lineup changes during the Nineties and in 1994, the group even re-billed themselves as "the new 2 Live Crew" for their LP, Back at Your Ass for the Nine-4. He discovered the rapper Flo Rida. Fresh Kid Ice later released solo album, The Chinaman, on Effect Records, the record widely acclaimed for being the first Hip-Hop album embracing having an Asian heritage.

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