Hip hop legend Parker Lee Williams who was more commonly known as DJ P-Lee Fresh breathed his last on Wednesday at the age of 54.
Dave Herrero, his business partner, confirmed his death.
Parker Lee Williams originally hailed from New York city but rose to fame with his founded Chicago-based company called X-men, a group of graffiti artists.
He was still a teenager when he opened up different hip-hop clubs called STEPPS.
In his initial days, after graduating from the Columbia College of Chicago, he found a job as an intern at the popular Oprah Winfrey show.
According to his biography, Who’z the boss published by his northeast side music licensing company, “he moved from tape room assistant up to assistant editor, all the while selecting and organizing music for the show’s edits.”
“He started working so much overtime,” Herrero said, “that they were forced to put him on salary.”
Eventually, he rose to the position of music director. “In this role, he DJ’d for ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ daily until the final episode in Chicago, and also selected music which would evoke the emotion and set the mood of every minute of every episode,” his biography said.
He also worked as a music supervisor for Oprah specials, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and Wanda Sykes’ comedy special “Herlarious,” among other projects.
He was nominated two times for the prestigious Emmy awards and was known to have a golden ear.
His business partner Herrero said, “He did everything he did very well.”
Together their company handled customizing and licensing music for video games, commercials, TV programs, and movies.
Williams was a huge fan of old-school beats and hip-hop artists and he had worked with Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, and Chuck D.
Grandmaster wrote a heartfelt tribute to the late music prodigy stating “Parker saved my life and helped renew my interest in music and recording.”
Parker Lee Williams is survived by his father who was a jazz drummer, Lee Williams, and his mother Flora.
The record label he started was named Jazz child.