A rapper who was one of the founders of an influential U.S. hip-hop group has died. Rolling Stone reports that Christopher Wong Won, known as Fresh Kid Ice, died Tuesday due to an undisclosed medical condition. He was 53.
Wong Won founded the group 2 Live Crew in 1982 along with DJ Mr. Mixx (David Hobbs) and Amazing Vee (Yuri Vielot). The group sparked controversy with its emphasis on sexual lyrics, especially in its most successful album, 1989’s “As Nasty As They Wanna Be.” The album stirred debate over whether its content was obscene, with much of the focus on the hit single “Me So Horny.”
After the album was ruled obscene by a Florida judge, Wong Won and rapper Luther Campbell were arrested following a live show. “Eventually, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals overturned the obscenity ruling and the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal,” Rolling Stone reports.
Fresh Kid Ice maintained a solo career over the years while also participating in later incarnations of 2 Live Crew. He suffered strokes in 2008 and 2010, and last year published his memoir, “My Rise 2 Fame.”