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

Fresh Kid Ice of 2 Live Crew poses for a portrait during the Rock The Vote 25th Anniversary Concert at The Black Cat

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.

Campbell took to social media to offer his condolences, tweeting that music fans have "lost a legend" in Won. In Florida, Fresh Kid Ice served as the group's de facto leader on singles like "Throw the Dick" and "What I Like".

Vielot stayed behind, however, so 2 Live Crew added Mark Ross, aka Brother Marquis, who can be heard on the troupe's follow-up single, "What I Like".

While the group officially disbanded after their 1998 album, The Real One, Won continued to release music as a solo artist; he also founded his own record label in 2004, Chinaman Records.

Fresh Kid and the group's biggest contribution to American rap and pop culture is that they became poster children for First Amendment rights after the constantly tested and stretched the boundaries of self-expression, political correctness and decency. In 1988, he survived a vehicle accident that would affect his mobility after that.

Wong was with the group for its pinnacle, which includes a platinum album and four gold others. "I didn't know an Asian dude was rapping like that!'" He discovered the rapper Flo Rida. The would-be Atlantic Records hit-maker toured extensively with the vet. In January of this year, he released a Chinaman Records compilation, Breaking Glass Ceilings.

One month ago, The Los Angeles Times reported that Lionsgate was developing a 2 Live Crew biopic.

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