[THE NYC//SC PLAYLIST]: Speaker Knockerz - It's All About The Money
Artist: Speaker Knockerz
Years Active: 2010-2014
Collaborations: Speaker Knockerz himself; his father/former musician Derek McAllister, Sr., and videographer Zack Dillan, a.k.a Loud Visuals.
Rest In Peace Speaker Knockerz. Your music still lingers in us.
To be independent can mean to take control of your own, power, dreams, and opportunities. Speaker Knockerz, a South Carolina rapper, songwriter, and producer, truly embodies what an ambitious independent artist does to make it in this industry.
He created his own music and taught himself to produce without any sponsorship or support, aside from his fans. He eventually gained the likes of Drake and Soulja Boy and reached a sufficient amount of underground success with over five million views on YouTube.
Over the course of his brief career, Knockerz, born Derek McAllister, created more that two infectious singles, sold thousands of copies on iTunes, created a huge Vine following, toured from state to state, and amassed over 80,000 Twitter followers.
In addition to internet fame, the New York Bred rapper, released a total of four mixtapes. His last mixtape though, "Married to the Money II," stood as the breakthrough moment most artist are excited for: the transition from an unsigned artist to a signed rapper. Despite the many calls from Atlantic and Universal records, Knockerz was determined to make it on his own, completely independent.
Unfortunately the "Lonely" rapper reached his untimely death at the age of 19. Knockerz died due to an alleged heart attack, however, reports say the teenager has been missing quite some time before that. His mother, Mesha Wilson, took to Facebook to gain the help from fans to help find her son.
Despite the many efforts made to find Speaker Knockerz, it was all too late.
When the Richland County Police arrived at the rappers home, they announced his dead in his garage. Homocide investigators immediately ruled out murder as his cause of death, because there weren't any signs of forced trauma or entry. nstead, investigators confirmed his unexpected death was due to natural causes, regardless of how odd it may seem.
Although the vibrant rapper has departed from us, his dedications and contributions continue to live on.
The stylings of McAllister, who's coined the name Speaker Knockerz, was honored for the cultivation of a lively and lyrically impressive sound. Till this day many mourn and miss the simplistic and unique blends of rapid hi-hats, piano lines, and 808 drums that was often used in creating music. Many people close to the rapper knew him to be energetic and too ahead of his time.
Knockerz clothing style portrayed a cool chill dude, whether he was wearing half open button-up or a tee and a few chains. He often wore Burberry and Fendi amongst other brands. His most common accessories were his shades, money and his music. You knew who he was when you saw him and he made his progress very apparent. He was getting closer to the top.
His death left many fans with the lost possibility that Knockerz could have grown into some truly amazing. To help the legacy of Speaker Knockerz live on, New York City spinner -- DJ CUTZ M -- dedicated a tribute mix for the late rapper to support the artistry Knocker eagerly built.
Listen to DJ CUTZ M Speaker Knockerz Playlist below.