He helped write the 'Anfield Rap'...
Scott Colothan
17:05 16th November 2009

British rapper Derek B has died of a heart attack at the age of 44, it's been reported.

The London based musician, full name Derek Boland, launched his career aged 15 and went on to enjoy two top 20 hits in the UK – 1988's 'Good Groove' and 'Bad Young Brother'.

He was one of the first rappers to achieve mainstream success in the UK and appeared on Top of the Pops in the late 80's at a time when hip-hop was largely ignored.

However, he's best remembered for helping write the infamous 1988 Liverpool FC anthem 'Anfield Rap'.

Writing on Twitter, DJ Zane Lowe said: “Oh man. Derek B was a massive album for me. Sad day.”

Stars pay tribute to Derek B.