2 Live Crew Member Chris Wong Won Passes Away From Illness
Hip-Hop has suffered the loss of another pioneering rapper. Fresh Kid Ice of 2 Live Crew died this morning at 7:50 AM in a Miami hospital due to a medical condition, according to his manager TMZ reports
Fresh Kid, whose real name was Chris Wong Won, started 2 Live Crew with DJ Mr. Mixx and Amazing Vee in 1984 and Luther Campbell joined the group later after they signed with his label.
The group paved the way for countless other rappers in their battle for First Amendment Rights after their album “As Nasty As They Wanna Be” was labeled obscene by the government. Fresh Kid and Luke were even hailed as heroes after being arrested in 1990 after one of their live concerts was deemed lewd and obscene by police.
Wong Won is also a veteran. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years before launching his music career. He later formed his own label Chinaman Records.
Prayers up for his family and loved ones.
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