Derek from the radical and controversial rap group Black Folk performs singles from his upcoming solo album Spiritual warfare.
Price Range: $300-2000
Gig Length: 10 - 20 minutes
What to Expect
Represent and promote the kingdom of God with highly inspirational and motivational hardcore lyrics, beats, delivery and stage performances.
Derek Weems was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio where he resided most of his life, where he went from a gang banger to a highly recognized spiritual leader in his community. During his childhood years he was always heavily into music, mostly rap, hip hop, r&b, soul, and funk.
He attended elementary school from 1st - 6th grade at St. Henry's elementary school, and also had a chance to learn the basics of performing at The Karamu house performing arts school before entering into the Cleveland public school system in the 7 th grade. This is where he would learn the ends and outs of the streets heavily, and at the same time found a much deeper interest in music as a street rap artist initially.
Later he went on to move to Atlanta where he would finish developing the spiritual side of himself after being heavily influenced by artist like the sugar hill gang, whodini, run dmc, KRS !,Public Enemy, X Clan, Mc Lyte, Queen Latefa, The Beasty Boys, Digital Underground,L.L Cool Jay, NWA, EPMD, ice cube, and Brothas For The Struggle out of Cleveland ohio.
Other groups that attracted his attention were groups like The Lox,Mob Deep, Wootang, Bones Thugs and Harmony, Top Authority, as well as artists like Nasty Nas, Tupac, Biggy Smalls, outcast, Gangsta Boo, T Rock, Eminem, 50 Cent, and a host of others.
These groups sparked a real fire and undying interest for him in hip hop music. Most of his time in Atlanta was spent recreating his life outside of the street violence he had become so attached and accustomed to for many years in Cleveland.
Being in Atlanta also helped him to push harder and further to hone his gifts and talents as a writer, entertainer and performer. Along with this development he found deeper interest in the spiritual side of himself, people and the world over, and how things ticked metaphysically. This ultimately drew him closer to God and further away from the street life he had grown to know and love so well. while absorbing teachings from people such as Dr. Malachi Z. York, Minister Louis Farrakhan, and many others that where put in his path at the time, both known along with others who where unknown.
Years after launching his career as a solo artist In Atlanta going by the stage name of Lyrics which he became known for, do to his witty, shocking, blunt & bold unyielding lyrics, in and out of the studio, surprisingly it was suggested that he change his stage name to extreme by his personal manager and friend Sean Dykle. Sean who also managed a few other groups in the Atlanta, Decatur area.
Early on in his career he would meet up with what would become one of Atlanta's hottest but most radical, controversial unsung hip hop groups ever to hit the hip hop seen. By commanding respect from both skeptics, fans, supporters, critics and admirers alike, they became one of the most well respected, highly anticipated and loved groups in the south by their peers.
For not only their fierce straight from the heart lyrics and explosive stage performances, but also for their well mannered, and intriguingly likable personalities, and strong leadership qualities in their personal lives as well as in the black community.
It wouldn't be long before local and main stream industry leaders and record companies began to acknowledge them for their aggressive approach and stand in the music industry. Shortly, being led by the groups producer South kak, the group who had worked and fought so hard threw so many highs and very low lows was signed to sky High records out of Carolina, for a 2 album deal.
Unbelievably after their popularity continued to rapidly grow, after the first album, with multiple devastating and life altering events had taken place in the individual lives of a few of the groups members involving Extreme aka Derek and manager Sean Dykle, that brought the skyrocketing success of the group to almost a complete halt.
Reluctantly the group severed ways although remained in close contact, and the life of the group that had become so well loved in the Atlanta, Florida, South Carolina and the deep south, for their take command presence on the stage, and individually in life, soon faded.
Within months, South Kak began his solo career after receiving a solo deal and also got work featuring on hip hop songs with artist such as skinny pimp, Miracle Decatur Kings, and a few other southern groups. He also continued to reach out to his close knit group Black Folk, always keeping the group close by and buzzing around the music industry.
Over the last few years however another spark was lit by Black Folks own Derek aka Extreme who now resides back in Cleveland Ohio, where he is working on his first solo album since the group parted ways.
His hardcore approach, dedicated principles, and aggression remains the same, as he looks forward to the future of his career as a Clevelander, and solo Christian hip hop artist along his journey. "His concentration in this newly chartered part of his life and the, gospel industry?? of course," is, spiritual "warfare".
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Additional Booking Notes
We come with our own show tape/master which includes the beat with hook and sometimes vocals for best clarity and a fuller and richer sound. Usually on jump drive or cd.
Baby u da best
Influences & Inspiration
KRS! Scarface, Nas, Wutang, LL, Run DMC, Tupac, NWA, Truth, Xclan, Common Sense, and south Kak from Black Folk
Crystal Clear Mic, and sound system