RIP Christopher Wong Won, a.k.a. Fresh Kid Ice, the pioneering Asian rapper and co-founder of the influential Miami hip-hop group 2 Live Crew. He died Tuesday at the age of 53 from an undisclosed “medical condition”.
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
For those too young to remember, 2 Live Crew hit the scene in the late 1980s often performing songs of an “adult” nature that drew criticism from advocacy groups. Their 1989 album, “As Nasty as They Wanna Be”, was ruled obscene by a Florida judge before the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals overturned the decision. The album featured songs such as “Me So Horny” and “The Fuck Shop”.
Wong Won, who was of Trinidadian and Chinese descent, released his first solo album in 1992 entitled “The Chinaman”.
“When we first started, a lot of people didn’t know I was Asian,” Fresh Kid Ice told Vice in 2016. “But when the videos came out, it basically crossed the group over. Other people could be like, ‘Damn, that could be me. I didn’t know an Asian dude was rapping like that!'”
Wong Won eventually launched his own label, Chinaman Records, and his last album, “Freaky Chinese”, came out in 2004. He suffered strokes in 2008 and 2010.