Christian rapper Derek Small, given birth to Derek Johnson, Jr. in Pontiac, Michigan, relocated at a age along with his mom to Tennessee. Although he wasn’t near his dad, a child years summertime check out — where he began rapping, helped by beats created by his dad — fostered his participation with music. Johnson went to Middle Tennessee Condition College or university and graduated using a level in recording sector administration. From 2006 through 2008, the budding rapper and manufacturer, known after that as PRo, released a small number of mixtapes. He also released the album Dark Out through his Representation GROUP label, but he considers the first 2010 mixtape PSA his initial set of older Christian rap. The record Redemption, released that July, peaked at amount eight on Billboard’s gospel graph. In August 2011, he released his second record, a conceptual established entitled Dying to Live. It reached number 2 in the gospel graph but topped the Christian graph. After switching his executing name from PRo to Derek Small, he released Minorville in Sept 2013. The rapper/manufacturer has also documented with 116 Clique and R.M.G., and offers produced for famous brands Tedashii and J-Son. After putting your signature on with Entertainment One Information in 2014, he released his debut for the label the next 12 months. Empire peaked at quantity 54 around the Billboard 200. In 2016 Small released his 6th LP, Representation, along with 1014, an added bonus EP for followers.