Live Crew Founding Member Fresh Kid Ice Dead at 53

Fresh Kid Ice Cause of Death: How Did the 2 Live Crew Rapper Die?

Fresh Kid Ice, a founding member of the rap group 2 Live Crew, has died, aged 53, according to his manager. Won's death was confirmed by his manager to multiple outlets. According to Debo, the cause of death was a "medical condition", but the rep declined to elaborate.

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.

He and Campbell were arrested in 1990 after a live performance police deemed obscene and lewd. That ruling was overturned two years later.

Vielot stayed behind, however, so 2 Live Crew added Mark Ross, aka Brother Marquis, who can be heard on the troupe's follow-up single, "What I Like".

Although 2 Live Crew is identified as part of the Miami hip-hop scene, the group's genesis took place in California.

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

Campbell tweeted: "People we lost a legend". After the platinum-selling As Nasty As They Wanna Be, Campbell took full control of 2 Live Crew and released their next LP, Banned In the United States of America. The Supreme Court eventually sided with Campbell and 2 Live Crew in 1992. Fresh Kid Ice, whose real name was Chris Wong Won, is known as one of the first Asian rappers in America.

Fresh Kid and the group's biggest contribution to American rap and pop culture is that they became poster children for First Amendment rights after the constantly tested and stretched the boundaries of self-expression, political correctness and decency.

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