Live Crew Co-Founder & Rap Pioneer Dead At 53

Fresh Kid Ice - founding member of 2 Live Crew, and a pioneer for Asian rappers, died in Miami.

Campbell, also known as Uncle Luke, tweeted Thursday morning, "My Condolence goes out to the family Chris Wong Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew who just passed away people we lost a legend". Moving west, he was eventually part of 2 Live Crew's California beginnings, forming the group with Mr. Mixx and Amazing Vee in 1984. He was 53 years old.

Brother Marquis (Mark Ross) joined the group for their debut album, "The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are".

The rapper, who served four years in the Air Force before entering the music world, went on to form his own record label, Chinaman Records. "Fresh Kid Ice we lost another legend prayers up for his family". That track's publisher, Acuff-Rose, sued 2 Live Crew, but the Supreme Court deemed "Pretty Woman" parody, which qualified it for fair use.

Fresh Kid Ice was the only member to appear on every 2 Live Crew album. The group released their eighth and last studio album in 1998.

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.

He released Freaky Chinese in 2004, which notably featured several appearances from Flo Rida before he hit song charts. "I didn't know an Asian dude was rapping like that!'" Wong wrote a lot about being ostracized as a youth due to his heritage in his memoir My Rise 2 Fame.

Fresh Kid also suffered his first stroke on Thanksgiving 2009, which was followed by a second stroke early 2010, and he had to retrain himself to walk and correct his speech.

  • Jacqueline Ellis