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Fresh Kid Ice

Fresh Kid Ice (born Christopher Wong Won; May 29, 1964 - July 13, 2017), also known as The Chinaman, was an American hip hop and Miami bass recording artist. He was a founding member member of the rap group 2 Live Crew. Fresh Kid Ice is noted for being the only 2 Live Crew member to appear on all albums, discovering rapper Flo Rida, being the first Miami Bass rapper, and first prominent Asian rapper.[1][2]

Early life

Fresh Kid Ice was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. His family is of Trinidadian Chinese descent. At the age of 12 he moved from Trinidad & Tobago to Brooklyn, New York. In 1982 he graduated from Samuel J. Tilden High School, and that summer he joined the U.S. Air Force for a four-year stint.[3] While stationed at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California, in 1984, he met fellow musicians Amazing Vee and Mr. Mixx to form the rap group 2 Live Crew.[4]

Solo Career

The Chinaman

The Chinaman was the first solo album by Fresh Kid Ice. It was released in 1992 by Effect Records, a division of Luke Records. Singles that were released to promote the album were Dick 'Em Down, I'll be there, and Freak 'Em Down (the clean version of Dick 'Em Down which wasn't featured in the album). Freak 'Em Down was turned into a video clip. The album is noted for being the first Hip Hop album embracing having an Asian Heritage.[] With songs like "Long Dick Chinese", he inverted stereotypes into prideful declarations of self-identity, he showed there was a way for Asians to exist in hip-hop.[5]

Still Nasty

Still Nasty was released in 2000 under his own label Chinaman Records. The main single for this album was a song named "I Wanna Dance Yall'". The song was made into a video clip, and due to its explicit content it could only be played exclusively on "BET Uncut". It became one of the shows favorite and was noted for being one of the video that helped launched the show.

Stop Playin

Stop Playin was released in 2004 under his own label Chinaman Records. This was manufactured, distributed and marketed by PGE and NewHotMusic.com

Freaky Chinese

Freaky Chinese, featured several tracks by the then unknown artist, Flo Rida, who toured with Fresh Kid Ice as his hype man and back-up rapper.[6] Other songs feature Insane Clown Posse, and Groundhoggz. It was released on Chinaman Records 2004.

Breaking Glass Ceilings Vol. 1

In 2017, released a compilation album on his Label Chinaman Records distributed by NewHotMusic.com. Notable artists on this volume include Chilly Chill, JT Money and Brian Billionaire. The rest of the slate are new rappers.[]

Health issues and death

Shortly before the release of Move Somethin' in 1988, Fresh Kid Ice was in a near fatal car accident. His injuries included damage to his brachial plexus, which resulted in a loss of mobility in his left arm.[] He also suffered his first stroke on Thanksgiving 2009, followed by a second stroke early 2010. He had to retrain himself to walk and correct his speech.[7]

On July 13, 2017, Fresh Kid Ice died in a Miami, Florida hospital at age 53 from cirrhosis of the liver. The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner said other contributing factors to Fresh Kid's death also included Hepatitis C and a history of alcohol. Before his passing, he suffered from acute respiratory failure and went into shock before his death. [8][9]

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