Latino Rap Pioneer Kid Frost Details His Courageous Fight Against Cancer (Audio)
Kid Frost (a/k/a Frost) is renowned as one of the pioneering Mexican-American MCs. His 1990 hit “La Raza” would become a staple in the West Coast Hip-Hop boom, representing the Latino community. Five of Frost’s album releases appeared on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. Around the time of Eazy-E’s death, Frost would sign with Ruthless Records, where he released several LPs. He has remained active into the 2000s, releasing 2013’s The Good Man. O.G. Kid Frost is also father to producer Scoop Deville (Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe, Kendrick Lamar).
Presently, Kid Frost is battling gallbladder cancer. He spoke at length with the Murder Master Music Show last week. “I am really in and out of [West Valley] VA hospital,” he confirmed. “They took out a piece of my gallbladder and my liver and when they did that they made some cancer cells drop into my stomach and actually into my bile duct. I’ve had four surgeries and I am having this last big major surgery that I’m about to go through with a specialist. I’m gonna do it at one of the cancer treatment centers, probably City Of Hope. I am a real God-fearing man, so I leave that in the hands of the Lord,” said the 54 year-old born Arturo Molina, Jr. “I changed my whole diet. Cancer is the biggest wake-up call a person could get. It makes you appreciate your life in a different realm and that is where I am at. I am really blessed to continue to be here so I live every day like it’s my last. I’m a single dad raising a 10 year-old kid.”
Some of Frost’s Hip-Hop peers such as Gang Starr’s Guru and Gravediggaz’ Poetic have died from other forms of cancer.
“[Surgeons] have to go to the joining and surrounding lymph nodes and cut them out, What I am worried about is that it will spread to my esophagus and my throat and I won’t be able to perform or rap no more. That is my biggest fear. I actually went deaf in my left ear three days after my 53rd Birthday so I have been battling bouts of dementia and vertigo,” Frost said. “I am actually in rebuild mode right now, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been in my whole life. I shredded a 100 pounds and I’m really trying to be out here for [fans] as long as I can.”
In the same interview, Frost said that he has nine meetings with a production company surrounding his biopic. Particularly, he is in development talks with producer, director, and activist Moctesuma Esparza, who worked on 1993’s Gettysburg and 1997’s Selena. “They bought my life story; we signed the deal. We’re sitting down and actually putting together my story.” He added, “To see that Moctesuma Esparza actually wants to do the movie is beautiful, because his track record is incredible.”
Last year, F. Gary Gray directed blockbuster Straight Outta Compton, a biopic on Frost’s contemporaries, N.W.A. In the 1980s, Frost had worked with the group’s Dr. Dre and DJ Yella as his DJs. Another affiliate, Daz Dillinger, is producing Death Row biopic Dogg Pound 4 Life.
Throughout his career, Frost worked intensively with Snoop Dogg, MC Eiht, and Above The Law, among others. He was a close affiliate of A Lighter Shade Of Brown. Last month, their co-founder DTTX (Don’t Try To Xerox) a/k/a Bobby Ramirez died from alcohol poisoning.