Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

Fresh Kid Ice, 2 Live Crew Co-Founder, Dead At 53

Fresh Kid Ice, 2 Live Crew Co-Founder, Dead At 53

2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell, who joined the group when they were signed to a label, tweeted out about Won's passing, stating, "My Condolence goes out to the family".

Many have taken to social media to pay tribute to Ice, with rapper Rick Ross writing, "Just got call we lost 2 Live crew legend Fresh Kid Ice this morning!"

Fresh Kid is noted for being the first Asian rapper, the only 2 Live Crew member to appear on all eight albums, and for discovering rapper Flo Rida.

The Supreme Court ruled in favour with 2 Live Crew in 1992 but the case led to parental advisory labels on album covers. 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".

2 Live Crew burst into the Miami hip-hop scene in the mid-1980s and polarized listeners with the band's sexually explicit lyrics.

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Fresh Kid served in the U.S. Air Force for four years before getting out and delving full time into music.

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

The group disbanded after their 1998 album, The Real One, but Won continued to release music as a solo artist. Fittingly, he added, "We lost a legend".

Fresh Kid also suffered his first stroke on Thanksgiving 2009, which was followed by a second stroke early 2010, and he had to retrain himself to walk and correct his speech. (An Asian rapper) has to just come along and do it big'.

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

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