Live Crew Founding Member Fresh Kid Ice Dies at 53

Live Crew Founding Member Fresh Kid Ice Dies at 53

"Dam! Just got call we lost 2 Live crew legend Fresh Kid Ice this morning!"

Fresh Kid Ice, a member of controversial rap group 2 Live Crew, has died.

The rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wong Won, died in a Miami hospital on Thursday after suffering an undisclosed medical condition.

The hip-hop crew's most successful album, "As Nasty As They Wanna Be", was the first album considered to be legally obscene because of its sexually explicit content a year after its release in 1989.

In addition to being an energetic outfit, 2 Live Crew were considered risky for their time, freely and graphically rapping about sex and misogyny before such practices were widely adopted by other rappers. Later, they hooked up with Luther Campbell when the trio signed with his record label. Won, along with former member Luther Campbell, were arrested in 1990 after a concert on charges of "prohibition on certain acts in connection with an obscene, lewd performance".

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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. The group released their eighth and last studio album in 1998.

Fresh Kid Ice spent time in the armed forces before getting into music.

Fresh Kid Ice suffered his first stroke in 2008 and another in 2010. He discovered the rapper Flo Rida.

'A lot of people see us as being passive, but sometimes being passive means that you're learning. On Instagram, the rap artist also shared an image of Fresh Kid smiling with the same mournful caption. However, he retaught himself how to talk and walk before reuniting with Uncle Luke and Brother Marquis in 2012.

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