Kid Frost (born Arturo Molina, Jr. on May 31, 1964 in East Los Angeles, California), now known as Frost, is a popular and the first widely recognized Mexican American rapper.
Frost spent parts of his childhood on military bases in Guam and Germany. He began rapping in 1982. As an MC, he named himself Kid Frost as a tribute to Ice T whom he often battled. He soon joined Uncle Jamm's Army. As a solo artist, his earliest 12" electro rap records came out on Electrobeat Records and Baja Records.
In the late 1980s, Kid Frost moved to Virgin Records. Virgin released his biggest hit, "La Raza", the first mainstream single from a Chicano rapper which focused on Mexican-American pride. His debut album, "Hispanic Causing Panic" was released in 1990, A.L.T. appeared as a guest rapper on the CD. He also established a Latin rap supergroup called Latin Alliance which released their only self-titled album in 1991. His second album, "East Side Story" was released in 1992. MC Eiht, A.L.T. and Ganxta Ridd from the Boo-Yaa TRIBE appeared as guest rappers.
In 1995, Frost dropped the "Kid" from his nickname and was signed by Ruthless Records, Eazy E's label (distributed by Relativity). "Smile Now Die Later" was released in 1995. Above The Law were featured as guest rappers, alongside A.L.T., O.Genius and Kokane. Rick James appears on Frost's version of "Mary Jane". His second album for Ruthless, "When Hell.A.Freezes Over", was released in 1997. Ice T, Scoop, O.Genius and Domino appeared as guest rappers.
In 1999, Frost moved to a small independent label, Celeb-entertainment. His first album for Celeb-entertainment, "This Was Then This Is Now Vol. I" was released in 1999. Kurupt, King T, Baby Bash, Jay Tee, Jayo Felony, Xzibit, B-Legit, and Cameosis were featured on the CD. "That Was Then This Is Now Vol. II" was released in 2000. Frank V., Clika One, Jay Tee, Baby Bash and other guest rappers were featured on the CD.
2002's "Still Up In This Shit!", released by Koch/Thump Records, featured more Latin-tinged raps and G-Funk tracks as well as a hidden bonus rock track, "Cannabis". Mellow Man Ace, Daz Dillinger, Baby Bash, A.L.T., Nino Brown, Cisco and other guest rappers appeared, and one track featured the group Tierra.
"Welcome To Frost Angeles" released, which was produced almost entirely by Frost and his son, Scoop De'Ville. Only the intro is produced by Binky Womack, and Philly Blunt co-produced one track. Guest rappers Cameosis, Genovese, Jay Tee and others also appear. Frost signed to Low Profile Records and released his album "Till The Wheels Fall Off" in 2006. It had guest appearances by Baby Bash, Scoop De'Ville, Mr. Sancho, and other artists signed to Low Profile Records.
Frost's earliest tracks are part of the Electro Funk sub-genre of Hip-Hop music, later on he was influenced by Gangsta rap and G-funk, as well as pioneering Hip-Hop with Latin influences ("La Raza", "Ya Estuvo").
Frost also performed music for films: "Bite the Bullet (Theme from Gunmen)" for the 1993 film "Gunmen" (in which he briefly appears), and - together with Ice T - "Tears Of A Mother" for the film "No Mothers Crying, No Babies Dying". He also appeared as an actor and as himself in several films, as well as voicing the character T-Bone Mendez and contributing his song "La Raza" in the 2004 video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on West Coast hip hop radio station Radio Los Santos. Furthermore, his track "No Sunshine" appeared in the movie "American Me".
Frost was named Vice President of the Music Division of Goldmark Industries on August 30, 2006.
|U.S. Hot 100||U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop||U.S. Rap||Hot Latin Tracks|
|1990||"La Raza"||#13||#59||#14||#33||Hispanic Causing Panic|
|1992||"No Sunshine"||-||#79||#40||-||East Side Story|
|1992||"Thin Line"||-||#82||#45||-||East Side Story|
|1995||"East Side Rendezvous"||#73||#74||#23||-||Smile Now, Die Later|
|1996||"La Raza II"||#72||#70||#45||-||Smile Now, Die Later|
|1996||"La Familia"||#77||-||#39||-||Smile Now, Die Later|
|1997||"What's Your Name (Time Of The Season)"||-||-||#32||-||When Hell .A. Freezes Over|
- Commando Rock (1984) (C-Jam and Kid Frost) (Baja Records) - Produced by Allen Perada and Dave Storrs
- Rough Cut (1984) (Electrobeat # 001) - Produced by DJ Pebo & The Alien Wizard, Executive Producer: Dave Storrs
- Terminator (1985) (Electrobeat # 005) - Produced by Dave Storrs
LPs As KID FROST
- Hispanic Causing Panic (Virgin Records 1990)
- East Side Story (Virgin Records 1992)
- Smile Now, Die Later (Ruthless Records/Relativity Records 1995)
- When Hell.A.Freezes Over (Ruthless Records/Relativity Records 1997)
- That Was Then, This Is Now Vol.I (Celeb-Entertainment 1999)
- That Was Then, This Is Now Vol.II (Celeb-Entertainment 2000)
- Still Up In This Shit! (Thump Records/Koch Records 2002)
- Welcome To Frost Angeles (Thump Records/Koch Records 2005)
- Till The Wheels Fall Off (Low Profile Records 2006)