Chris Wong Won aka Fresh Kid Ice teamed up with DJ Mr. Mixx and Amazing Vee in 1984 to form the legendary hip-hop crew known as 2 Live Crew.
Ice - whose real name was Chris Wong Won - died at 7:50 a.m. local time in Miami, Florida, on Thursday from an undisclosed medical condition, his manager said, declining to elaborate. That year, a federal court declared their album As Nasty As They Wanna Be the first legally obscene album, making it illegal for retailers in south Florida to sell. 2 Live Crew's longtime manager Debo confirmed Wong Won's death to Rolling Stone. After the group relocated to Miami, they lost Hobbs, but gained Mark Ross, "Brother Marquis", and local rapper Luther Campbell. 2 Live Crew co-founder Fresh Kid Ice is dead.
The obscene label was eventually overturned in 1992, when the US Court of Appeals for the 11th District ruled that the album featured significant influences from literary traditions and African-American Culture.
2 Live Crew were on the scene between 1982 and 1991. Even so, the group reformed in 1994 and lasted until 1998.
One of the pioneers of rap music in Miami has passed away.
Hip-Hop is mourning the death of one of it's legends. "We lost a legend", Uncle Luke wrote.
Fresh Kid Ice suffered his first stroke in 2008 and another in 2010.
Fresh Kid Ice is the second major rapper to face an untimely death in the last month - rapper Prodigy, best known as one half of the NY hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, died on June 20, aged 42.