"My Condolences goes out to the family [of] Chris Wong Won Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew, who passed away this morning".
Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, but raised in Brooklyn, New York, he co-founded the 2 Live Crew, the influential Miami hip-hop act, in the mid-1980s along with DJ Mr. Mixx (born David Hobbs) and Amazing Vee (born Yuri Vielot). His grandfather was of Cantonese heritage.
2 Live Crew's career was fraught with controversy.
After forming the group and realizing their success, the group later joined Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell's record label and brought him into the fold.
Ice released his debut solo album, The Chinaman, in 1992.
2 Live Crew were on the scene between 1982 and 1991. Famously, the group's 1989 album As Nasty As They Wanna Be became the first album to be declared legally obscene by a court. The ruling was overturned two years later, but not before the group received invaluable publicity that significantly increased their popularity across the country. Despite the controversy, the album went double platinum and reached No. 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Billboard chart.
The case paved the way for parental advisory labels. Even so, the group reformed in 1994 and lasted until 1998.
Fresh Kid previously addressed how being one of the first Asian rappers impacted his fans.
Fresh Kid had suffered from numerous medical issues earlier on in his life. "We lost a legend", Uncle Luke wrote.
Fresh Kid Ice was the only 2 Live Crew member who appeared on all albums.