Live Crew Founder Member Fresh Kid Ice Dies Aged 53

Calvin Saunders
July 14, 2017

Fresh Kid Ice, the pioneering Asian rapper and co-founder of the influential Miami hip-hop group 2 Live Crew, died Tuesday at the age of 53. Kid Ice is a pioneer for Asian rap and was an influencial voice in hip hop along with his band members DJ Mr. Mixx and Amazing Vee in the mid 1980s to early 90s. Fittingly, he added, "We lost a legend".

Luther Campbell, a.k.a. Uncle Luke, tweeted condolences.

"When we first started, a lot of people didn't know I was Asian", Fresh Kid Ice said during an interview with Vice in 2016.

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2 Live Crew were known for their sexually explicit lyrics, many of which caused much controversy. 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. They released their debut album The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are in 1986. "But when the videos came out, it basically crossed the group over". Despite the shifts, Fresh Kid Ice remained with the outfit until they officially split after 1998's The Real One. He was also noted for being the only member of 2 Live Crew to appear on all of their albums until he left the group to relaunch Chinaman Records, Chinaman being his other nickname. He rapped on both of 2.L.C.'s Top 40 hits, 1989's "Me So Horny" and the lead verse on 1990's "Banned In The U.S.A".

Fresh Kid has experienced medical issues in the past. However, he retaught himself how to talk and walk before reuniting with Uncle Luke and Brother Marquis in 2012.

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