July 13, 2017
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2017 has been a year of loss for some of our greatest pioneers in Hip Hop. Christopher Wong Won, a.k.a. Fresh Kid Ice, the Asian rapper and co-founder of the influential Miami group 2 Live Crew, died Tuesday at the age of 53.
Fellow member Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell shared his condolences on Twitter.
My Condolence goes out to the family Chris Wong Wong Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew who just passed away people we lost a legend
— LUTHER R CAMPBELL (@unclelukereal1) July 13, 2017
2 Live Crew rose to popularity in the 80s and 90s for it’s hyper-sexualized lyrics and visuals. Along with selling millions of records the group found itself under fire for their obscene and suggestive lyrics.
Remember this video?
And we CAN’T forget about this song.
Won’s health battles started in in 2008 when he suffered his first stroke. He’d have another one just two years later. According to Rolling Stone, the group’s longtime manager Debo confirmed the cause of death was a “medical condition.”
Our prayers are with the family.