Lil Derrick Dies: Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, Oct 31, in hip-hop history...
2002: Most of the legendary hip-hop labels have long and storied pasts, including rappers who didn't get enough time to really leave their mark or revel in the success of their home team. Cash Money Records is definitely one of those labels, as they've been winning for multiple generations and have hung around long enough that they've had two bonafide superstars in Drake and Lil Wayne (who was recently got out of his deal), in the last decade. Lil Derrick, who was also known as Bulletproof, was there in the very early days and unfortunately lost his life in 2002, soon after things began to take off.
Bulletproof was from New Orleans, just like most of his Cash Money labelmates. While very little info is out there concerning his murder, he appeared on multiple Cash Money songs before his untimely death. The young rapper was actually an original member of Hot Boys, but left the soon-to-be world famous crew before they dropped a project, meaning he wasn't on big albums such as their 1999's Guerrilla Warfare.
He was Birdman's nephew and you can hear the similarities in their rap style and cadence on Juvenile's Hot Boys-assisted "Spittin Game." Bulletproof's verse on this song was all street talk and a quick synopsis of his bloodline: "Flippin' hunnids to G's/Hoopties, to Benzies/I get my keys, from my uncle KC/He's a Magnolia soldier/Did 10 in Angola." The song appeared on Juve's second album, Solja Rags, which dropped in 1997.
Lil Derrick didn't get to see Cash Money's heyday, but he surely wasn't forgotten.
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