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Derek B

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Derek Boland 15 January 1965 – 15 November 2009, better known by his stage name Derek B, was a British rapper His most commercially successful releases were: "Goodgroove" and "Bad Young Brother" in 1988


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Discography
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Born in Hammersmith, London, to Trinidadian nurse Jenny Boland, and was raised in Woodford When he was fifteen years old, he began DJing in a mobile unit around London, before joining local pirate radio stations such as Kiss FM and LWR and finally starting his own station, WBLS not to be confused with the radio station of the same name in New York

He joined Simon Harris' Music of Life record label, as the closest thing they had to an A&R man When a planned compilation of US hip hop called Def Beats 1 Music of Life, 1986 ran short of tracks, Boland stepped in to record a track called "Rock the Beat" He co-produced the track with Harris, rapped on it under the pseudonym EZQ, and also did his own deejaying under the name "Derek B" "Rock the Beat" Music of Life, 1987 was released as a single, and was followed by three more - the most successful of which were "Goodgroove" Music of Life, 1988, and "Bad Young Brother", both of which reached #16 in the UK Singles Chart Derek B's third and final UK chart entry was "We've Got The Juice", which peaked at #56

Derek B was the first UK rapper to achieve pop success, appearing on BBC Television's Top of the Pops at a time when the only other rappers who had appeared were Break Machine and Doug E Fresh He received criticism for rapping under an assumed American accent, something which was popular in the early days of British hip-hop, but later abandoned by some artists

Following his chart success, Derek B was signed up to Rush Artist Management and released singles and the album, Bullet From a Gun Tuff Audio, 1988

Derek B was also successful as a record producer and remixer, working with the Cookie Crew and Eric B and Rakim In 1988, he also helped to write the Liverpool FC anthem, "Anfield Rap"

He died of a heart attack in London on 15 November 2009, aged 44


  • Bullet From a Gun 1988, Tuff Audio - UK #11


  1. ^ "British rapper Derek B dies at 44" BBC 2009-11-16 Retrieved 2009-11-16 
  2. ^ a b c Derek B 'dies of heart attack' aged 44
  3. ^ a b c d Roberts, David 2006 British Hit Singles & Albums 19th ed London: Guinness World Records Limited p 35 ISBN 1-904994-10-5 
  4. ^ "British rapper Derek B dies at 44" BBC News 2009-11-16 Retrieved 2009-10-06 
  5. ^ Emery, Andrew 2009-11-17 "Derek B paved the way for UK hip-hop" The Guardian London Retrieved 2009-11-17 
  6. ^ "Derek B Dies Of A Heart Attack Aged 44" Gig Wise Retrieved 2009-11-17 

External links

  • Derek B MySpace page
  • Guardian obituary
  • Heroes Of UK Hip Hop Derek B Page
  • The Derek B Tribute

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