Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice dies

14 July, 2017, 00:15 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
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Fresh Kid Ice, born Christopher Wong Won, was a co-founder of the controversial, but undeniably influential hip hop group 2 Live Crew.

2 Live Crew rose to prominence in the late Eighties with a rumbling Miami bass sound packed with samples and hyper-sexualized lyrics that helped them sell millions of records and earn the ire of politicians and family advocacy groups. 2 Live Crew would add rapper Brother Marquis to their lineup and in 1986, Campbell's Luke Records released the outfit's debut LP, The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are.

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

Fresh Kid is noted for being the first Asian rapper, the only 2 Live Crew member to appear on all eight albums, and for discovering rapper Flo Rida.

The Supreme Court ruled in favour with 2 Live Crew in 1992 but the case led to parental advisory labels on album covers.

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Fresh Kid served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years before getting into music. The group's last record, The Real One, was released in 1998.

In a 2014 interview, Won told the Miami New Times that the group "knew that there's value to our music even though it's not what (the authorities) wanted it to be".

'A lot of people see us as being passive, but sometimes being passive means that you're learning.

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. The incidents impaired his speech and movement, but he eventually taught himself how to walk and talk again.

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