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The Dominatin’ Fresh Kid Ice

Fresh Kid Ice

Fresh Kid Ice (May 29, 1964 – July 13, 2017) born Chris Wong Won, in Port Of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Trinidadian and Chinese parents, was an American Recording Artist associated with Rap and the origins of the Miami-Bass sound. He relocated to Brooklyn, New York, at 12 years old where he went to school and graduated from Samuel J. Tilden High. After 4 years of serving his country in The U.S. Air Force, he returned home with ambitions to record music along with Amazing Vee and Mr. Mixx. Together, they became the original founding members of the legendary group 2 Live Crew. Booked in Miami for a show promoted Luther Campbell and his Ghetto-Style DJ’s crew, the crew was flown into South Florida for a weekend of fun in the sun. After an offer from Luke to sign to his newly established record label, Luke Skywalker Records, the 2 Live Crew was introduced to a new member, Miami native Brother Marquis. The group became a household name when they were arrested for performing their explicit material in Broward County and subsequently took a stance for Freedom of Speech and fought Censorship in music all the way up to The Supreme Court. Fresh Kid Ice is also noted for being the only 2 Live Crew member to appear on all albums, and discovering International Super-Star, Flo-Rida. After years of internal strife, Fresh Kid Ice ventured on his own to launch Chinaman Records. The Chinaman was his first solo album released in 1992 by Effect Records, a division of Luke Records, and is noted for being the first Hip Hop album embracing being of Asian descent. Still Nasty was released in 2000 under his own label Chinaman Records. The main single for this album was a song entitled, “I Wanna Dance Yall'”. The music video could only be played exclusively on “BET Uncut” due to the explicit content. It became a show favorite and was noted for being one of the videos that helped catapult the show to top ratings. His next album, Freaky Chinese, featured several tracks by a then unknown artist named Flo-Rida, who toured with Fresh Kid Ice as a hype man. Other notable features on that album were Insane Clown Posse and Groundhoggz. Around this time, Fresh Kid Ice collaborated with fellow Miami pioneer DJ MegaMix on various remixes and original productions like, “Make Your Baby Daddy Mad”. He hosted many mixtapes and would frequently ashow-up at our local events just to show support for his beloved community. Shortly before the release of 2 Live Crew’s seminal album, Move Somethin’, back in 1988, he was in a near-fatal car accident and suffered severe injuries to his brachial plexus, which resulted in a loss of movement in his left arm. He suffered a stroke on Thanksgiving in 2009, followed by another stroke early 2010, after which he was forced to retrain himself to walk and correct his speech. He was a close, personal friend who would often call or text to see how I was or how my day was. We recently spoke about starting a podcast together and doing various things for the City in general, “because there is a void waiting to be filled”, he said. “It’s up to us to make it happen because nobody else cares enough about the 3-0-5”. Sadly, I just received the news that my dear friend was pronounced dead July 13, 2017 at 7:50 AM. On behalf of the Urban Union and 305HipHop.com staff, we send our sincere condolences for the entire Wong family.

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