Pioneering UK Hip-Hop artist Derek B died after suffering a heart attack over the weekend. Derek B launched his career at the age of 15 as a DJ on various pirate radio stations that were flourishing in the United Kingdom in the early 80’s. In 1986 Derek B recorded his first rap track title Rock the Beat. The success of the single led to high profile appearances on a number of UK shows, including Top Of The Pops. In 1988, Derek B. linked with United States based management company Rush Artist Management, which was owned by Hip-Hop Mogul Russell Simmons. Derek B.’s best known album was titled Bullet From a Gun which was released on the record label Tuff Audio in 1988. Additionally Derek B experienced success as a producer and a re-mixer working with girl group The Cookie Crew, as well as rap pioneers Eric B. and Rakim.
Derek B would have celebrated his 45th birthday on January 15th.
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