A talented artist and visionary with a natural knack for music and entertainment, Derick “D” Prosper has built a respectable career with everlasting tenacity, perseverance and overall passion for the arts. As a teenager, D Prosper quickly advanced through the ranks as one of the most sought-after poets on the poetry slam circuit, winning several national competitions across the country and even touring with Lollapalooza. Naturally, his love for poetry led him to hip-hop where he eventually wrote and produced his own independent EP titled the adventures of mastermind in 1996. In search for a career in music, D Prosper left the comforts of his hometown of Providence Rhode Island for New York City where he found himself battling alongside then upcoming rappers Punch & Words, Original Flavor, and Jay-Z, leading up to college radio appearances Freestyling with Mos Def, Bush Babies and Pharoah Monch.
While maneuvering his way through the industry and landing a A&R gig at Columbia Records under President of A&R Gordon “The Commisioner” Williams, he met singer/actress Lauryn Hill as she was in the process of making her legendary album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Over the next two years, Prosper worked closely with Ms. Hill, assisting with her 7 Days record label imprint as well as doing production coordination of her band and working on her Diamond-selling album. This experience not only exposed him to a number of talented musicians, but allowed him to play a role in helping to produce one of the most memorable albums of that decade.
After this, D Prosper found himself working as A&R consultant for Rawkus Records alongside rapper/actor Mos Def where he produced the hit song “Mr. Nigga” featuring Q-Tip on his debut album Black on Both Sides. Prosper would then later tour the world with various artists as a road manager as well as music consultant for the political rap group dead prez.
D Prosper spent the next few years using the connections that he made in the industry to manage the careers of other fledging music producers. This move from the creative to business side of the industry led him to G-Unit/Interscope Records where he became Director of A&R in 2004. Over the next few years, D Prosper served as the creative music force behind the brand, helping artists 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Olivia and Tony Yayo to sell an alarming 30 million records. During his tenure, he also served as head A&R for the soundtrack for 50 Cent’s debut film Get Rich or Die Tryin and project coordinator for Vivendi Universal video game Bullet Proof, which went on to sell 5 million units.
He also got his first taste of the film business when he was given an opportunity to work with acclaimed director Jim Sheridan and produce the score for the opening scene logo for the Paramount/MTV Films Get Rich or Die Tryin starring Terrence Howard and 50 Cent. It was at this time that D Prosper felt compelled to enter the movie business and began writing various scripts.
No longer at G Unit Records, D Prosper can now be found building his resume in education and entertainment. With his hard work, dedication and talent he is sure to be future force to be reckoned with.