British rapper Derek B elicited some mild response from his debut release, Bullet from a Gun, on Profile. He displayed decent rapping skills and the beats were competent, if not awesome or outstanding. It did not make a substantial impact on the hip-hop or R&B front, however, and also failed to register on the pop scene. Derek B died of a heart attack in London in November of 2009; he was 44 years old.
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