RIP Derek B

UK rapper Derek B, the first hip hop MC from Britain to achieve chart success, has passed away after suffering a heart attack aged just 44.

Whilst he has not been active in the home-grown scene for a number of years, Derek B, real name Derek Boland, was a prominent figure in the 80s, releasing a string of singles and LP Bullet From a Gun in 1988.

While critics often panned him for selling out and affecting an American accent, he arguably paved the way for the commercial success others have gained since he made his mark.

RIP Derek B.