Live Crew Co-Founder & Rap Pioneer Dead At 53

Live Crew Co-Founder & Rap Pioneer Dead At 53

"My Condolences goes out to the family [of] Chris Wong Won Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew, who passed away this morning".

Miami-based 2 Live Crew got its start in the mid-1980s, but became well known in the 1990s for its legal battle over the group's album "As Nasty As They Wanna Be".

Fresh Kid Ice, whose real name is Christopher Wong Won, died on Tuesday in a Miami hospital from an undisclosed illness.

Rising out of Miami, 2 Live Crew rose to prominence in the late 80s and 90s with their hyper-sexualized lyrics and artwork with tracks like "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" and "Me So Horny", going so far as to be deemed "legally obscene" by the United States government.

Won and Campbell made headlines after their June 1990 arrest in Hollywood after a performance at the Futura Club.

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.

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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. Even so, the group reformed in 1994 and lasted until 1998. He added, "We lost a legend".

Hip-Hop is mourning the death of one of it's legends.

The founding member of 2 Live Crew passed away in Miami, reports TMZ. In 2008 he suffered a stroke and then another in 2010, according to Rolling Stone.

Fresh Kid was 53.

In 2012, he, Uncle Luke and Brother Marquis had a 2 Live Crew reunion.

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