Derek Erdman

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Rap Master Maurice
Rap Master Maruice 2008.jpg
Rap Master Maurice, 2008
Background information
Birth nameDerek Erdman
OriginChicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresComedy, rap, hip hop, revenge rap
Years active2008–present
LabelsSub Pop Records

Derek Erdman (born December 6, 1973) is an artist living in Seattle, Washington.[1] Erdman is known primarily for his vibrantly colored paintings,[2] his phone-prank CD Kathy McGinty,[3] his portrayal of Rap Master Maurice, and his website. His work has appeared in the Chicago Reader newspaper,[4][5] Roctober magazine,[6] and on the cover of the acclaimed 2006 novel Lullabies for Little Criminals.[citation needed] In 2010, Erdman contributed to MTV's music website[7] and became a regular contributor to Seattle's the Stranger.[8]

Rap Master Maurice[edit]

Rap Master Maurice is a character portrayed by artist Derek Erdman known for its revenge raps.

The revenge rap concept is as follows: if you have an incident or a problem with another person, you can pay Rap Master Maurice seventeen dollars, and he will write a rap about your issue. Then he will deliver the rap in a phone call.[9]

Rap Master Maurice was created when a friend of Erdmans was having a personal issue with a co-worker. Erdman was asked to give the co-worker a warning, which Erdman considered too threatening. Consequentially Erdman decided "perhaps i would do it in rap form".[10]

Erdman pursued the Rap Master Maurice act because he wanted to be more "service oriented" and "live off the things [he] made and not have to have another job".[9]

Erdman has appeared as Rap Master Maurice, on Chicago's CAN TV musical television show Chic-a-Go-Go[11] and on a track of the Ohio noise band SLOTH / MAMMOTH split 7".[12]

Erdman has appeared as himself discussing Rap Master Maurice, on Fuel TV,[9] WireTap,[10] and Outside the Loop in Chicago.[13]

Revenge raps[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Review 2". Retrieved October 4, 2015.
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  4. ^ "Chicago Reader – News & Politics, Music & Nightlife, Arts & Culture, Film, Food & Drink, Blogs, Classifieds, Deals". Chicago Reader. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Twenty Questions". Chicago Reader. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Roctober #41 Contents". Retrieved October 4, 2015.
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  8. ^ "Eight Graphs About My Feelings About Things". The Stranger. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Derek Erdman: Dew Underground Chicago", FUEL.TV, Chicago, 2009.
  10. ^ a b "26 Minutes, 30 Seconds", WireTap Radio
  11. ^ " Show 589: Funky President Election Night Special w/RAP MASTER MAURICE & HEWHOCURROPTS (First Aired 11/4/08)", CANTV, November 4, 2008.
  12. ^ "Sloth/Mammoth split 7", Discogs
  13. ^ "Episode #99", "Outside The Loop Radio in Chicago", August 15, 2008

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