D. Prosper aka Mastermind
D. Prosper aka Mastermind (real name: Derick Prosper)is a MC, Producer and A&R from Providence, Rhode Island, NY.
In 1996 he released his first 12" single "The Adventures Of Mastermind" on Brainchild Entertainment with the three tracks "Karma", "Autobiography Of A Bad MC" and "Ambulance Ride". But there was also a Cassette EP Version of it with the additional tracks: "Psalms for Pearl", a skit titled M.A.S.T.E.R. and an Intro. All three joints from the single are mad dope and it's hard to choose a favourite, for me it's "Karma" followed by "Ambulance Ride". "Psalms for Pearl" is just a short track, dedicated to DJ Pearl (R.I.P.). All Songs produced by Avatar and Mastermind for Blowing Up Rhode Island Productions. Mixed by Carlos Bess and Derick Prosper at Firehouse Studios, mastered by Tony Dawsey. The whole Project is dedicated to Wayne "DJ Pearl" Baptista! "The Adventures Of Mastermind" single and EP were both
distributed through Fatbeats. In 1997 he released his second single on Brainchild Entertainment with "Waited All My Life" and "Hip Hop Heads", again all tracks dope, but the B-Side track "Hip Hop Heads" is the Winner for me! "Waited All My Life" is written and produced by D. Prosper for Nile Music, recorded at Unique Studios NY, Mastered by Tony Dawsey at Masterdisc NY, engineered by Carlos Bess, mixed by Carlos Bess & Derick Prosper. "Hip Hop Heads" produced by Avatar and Mastermind for Brainchild INC, recorded at Unique Studios, scratches by Dj Finesse. There is a second pressing from the Waited All My Life / Hip Hop Heads 12" on Griotchild Entertainment, there is no difference than the label logo, also got the same catalog number. In 1999 D. Prosper produced the track "Mr. Nigga" for Mos Def from the classic Rawkus Album "Black On Both Sides" and in 2004 "Paychecks" for the Theodore Unit (Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, Du-Lilz, Kryme Life, Shawn Wigs, Solomon Childs, Sun God, Trife Da God) from the Album "718" and avaiable as 12" single. He was the former G Unit / Interscope Records Director of A&R and worked for 50 Cent, Young Buck, Llyod Banks, Tony Yayo and Mobb Deep on their Albums on G-Unit and also did some other A&R jobs for Dead Prez, Hi-Tek... 2010 he is back on the mic with D. Prosper Presents Project A.T.O.M. (Advanced Thoughts of Mastermind)! This is a Sci-Fi Hip Hop Project supported and vouched retweeted by Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Sway (MTV, half of the duo Sway & King Tech), Jay Electronica, Dj Green Lantern, Pharoah Monch, Dream Hampton, Hexmurdah, Angela Yee, etc...The LP is coming soon and in the meantime check out "Merkabah" the first released track from Project A.T.O.M.
D. Prosper is now partner/owner in Ankh Marketing a creative company that develops intellectual properties that integrate education, Technology, and culture. Their clients are NASA space station, Live Nation, Another Planet, AEG, Obscura digital, Apple inc, Google, etc...Avatar is now a Teacher and Dj Finesse can be found spinnin Parties all around the globe. He is also the offical Bad Boy Records Dj for Tours / Events.
Mastermind - The Adventures Of Mastermind Cassette Ep 1996
Autobiography Of A Bad MC
Mastermind - The Adventures Of Mastermind
Waited All My Life / Hip Hop Heads 12" single
Waited All My Life
Hip Hop Heads
D. Prosper Presents Project A.T.O.M. - Merkabah