Christopher Wong Won was born in 1964 as Christopher Wong Won in Port of Spain, Trinidad, before moving to Brooklyn in 1977. He co-founded 2 Live Crew with fellow rappers DJ Mr. Mixx and Amazing V in 1984, joining forces with Campbell and moving to Miami shortly after.
Beyond their status as a seminal Miami hip-hop group, 2 Live Crew were known for their sexually charged releases, famously going to court for their 1989 album As Nasty As They Wanna Be. In 1990, a federal court declared it history’s first legally obscene album, made it illegal for retailers in the southern Florida area to sell the album, a ruling that was overturned two years later.
In 2015, Fresh Kid Ice released his memoir“My Rise 2 Fame”: The Tell All Autobiography of a Hip Hop Legend. In an interview with Vice last year, he described the current state of Asian representation in rap. “The Asians were there in the beginning of hip-hop — but as DJs,” he said. “We’ve been in the background and stayed behind the scenes, but we learn from our mistakes. A lot of people see us as being passive, but sometimes being passive means that you’re learning. Right now, I see us right there with everyone else. (An Asian rapper) has to just come along and do it big.”