2 Live Crew Rapper Dies.

Two Live Crew
Two Live Crew

A rapper from the famous and one of the most influential rap groups of the 90’s, 2 Live Crew, has died.

Fresh Kid Ice, real name Christopher Wong Won, a founding member of the Miami rap group 2 Live Crew, has died, fellow rapper and lead vocalist Luther Campbell said Thursday on Twitter.  Won was 53 years old.

Won died Thursday morning at a Miami hospital after battling an unknown illness.

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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The group, which Fresh Kid Ice helped form with fellow artists Mr. Mixx (David Hobbs) and Amazing Vee (Yuri Vielot), became a household name after Campbell lured them (minus Vielot) to Miami and signed them to a record deal.

Brother Marquis (Mark Ross) joined the group for their debut album, “The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are.”

“As Nasty As They Wanna Be,” released in 1989, became the first album to ever be deemed legally obscene by the U.S. government.

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Won and Campbell made headlines after their June 1990 arrest in Hollywood after a performance at the Futura Club. Their arrests came three days after a federal judge ruled that the 2 Live Crew’s third studio album was obscene, making it illegal to sell the record in South Florida.

 

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