Along with DJ Mr. Mixx and Mazing Vee, Fresh helped form 2 Live Crew while serving in the US Air Force stationed in California in 1984. He added, "We lost a legend".
Rick Ross, Juicy J and Luther Campbell have since posted touching messages to Chris. That track's publisher, Acuff-Rose, sued 2 Live Crew, but the Supreme Court deemed "Pretty Woman" parody, which qualified it for fair use.
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 vehicle accident.
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Their most popular album, As Nasty As They Want To Be, which was released in 1989, was the first album that the United States government deemed legally obscene. Fresh Kid Ice later released solo album, The Chinaman, on Effect Records, the record widely acclaimed for being the first Hip-Hop album embracing having an Asian heritage. 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". Despite the shifts, Fresh Kid Ice remained with the outfit until they officially split after 1998's The Real One.
He is also credited with being an early mentor to Flo Rida, who extensively appeared on Ice's 2004 Freaky Chinese album.
He was involved in a auto crash in 1988 and suffered a stroke on Thanksgiving in 2008.