One of the founding members of 2 Live Crew has died. TMZ reported that Fresh Kid Ice, who is a pioneer for Asian rappers, died at a Miami hospital Thursday. The group’s manager said he died around 8 a.m. due to a medical condition.
Fresh Kid formed the hip-hop crew with DJ Mr. Mixx and Amazing Vee in 1984, and later hooked up with Luther Campbell when they signed his label.
Fresh Kid’s real name was Chris Wong Won. The group became poster children for First Amendment Rights after their As Nasty As They Wanna Be album was the first to be labeled legally obscene by the government.
In 1990, Campbell and Fresh Kid were arrested after a live performance that police deemed obscene and lewd.
Fresh Kid served in the U.S. Air Force for four years before getting into music. He went on to form his own label, Chinaman Records.