Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Live Crew rapper Fresh Kid Ice dead at 53

Live Crew rapper Fresh Kid Ice dead at 53

Fresh Kid Ice, one of the founding members of the ultra-controversial and pioneering rap group 2 Live Crew, and one of the first internationally-known Asian rappers, has reportedly died in Miami.

"Dam! Just got call we lost 2 Live crew legend Fresh Kid Ice this morning!" He formed the legendary hip-hop crew with DJ Mr. Mixx and Amazing Vee in 1984.

Fresh Kid Ice also had an ear for fresh musical talent.

"People we lost a legend", Campbell tweeted.

Campbell would eventually join 2 Live Crew as an official member and the group's success and infamy grew with their next record, 1987's Move Somethin'.

2 Live Crew burst into the Miami hip-hop scene in the mid-1980s and polarized listeners with the band's sexually explicit lyrics. 2 Live Crew co-founder Fresh Kid Ice is dead. After they released the "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" album, it was the first to be labeled legally obscene by the government.

In 1988, shortly before the release of 2 Live Crew's sophomore album Move Somethin' in 1988, Fresh Kid was involved in a near fatal auto accident. "But when the videos came out, it basically crossed the group over". 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". Rapper Juicy J also tweeted: "R.I.P Fresh Kid Ice".

Fresh Kid has experienced medical issues in the past. In 2004, he released Freaky Chinese, which notably featured several appearances from a pre-fame Flo Rida. However, he retaught himself how to talk and walk before reuniting with Uncle Luke and Brother Marquis in 2012.

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