Speaker Knockerz got the lyrics and knack for making music which would have seen him dominate the American rap stage for a long time if not for his untimely death. The rapper fell in love with hip-hop as a kid and started making his own songs with his computer. For his talent, Knockerz was equally popular on social media with a huge following on various social media platforms. All these notwithstanding, the young rapper is no more, leaving his family and fans to mourn and question why he died so young.
Well, here we are going to walk you through the times and events of Knockerz’ life as we bring to remembrance all that he was able to do with the details the circumstances of his death as many questions have been asked on what really killed the young rapper. The facts might shock you!
His Real Name and Bio
Knockerz was born and named Derek McAllister Jr. on November 6, 1994, in New York City, New York as a son to Derek McAllister, Sr and his wife Mesha Wilson. He had a younger brother named Christian McAllister who is as well a rapper and goes by the stage name Lil Knock.
Speaker didn’t have a rosy childhood as his father got himself involved in a quagmire which led to his serving jail time for 10 years. His mom, fearing that he and his little brother might end up getting influenced by the rough neighborhood they lived in New York City, decided to relocate with her boys to Columbia, South Carolina. In the River City, Derek was enrolled in Kelly Mill Middle School, later Ridge View High School and Westwood High School.
In his teen, Speaker Knockerz developed a love for hip-hop and began making his own songs with his personal computer. By the time his dad was out of jail in 2010 and reconnected with his family in Columbia, he realized how much his son was good at music and being a former musician himself, he did what every dad would do for their son. Derek Snr. began helping his son to hone his music skills properly and it wasn’t long he released his first mixtape titled Flight Delayed in 2010 under the stage name Speaker Knockerz.
Not only did Flight Delayed draw attention to Knockerz, it equally opened the doors for his collaboration with other well-established artists in the industry. A year after his musical debut with his mixtape, Speaker Knockerz sold music beats notably to the likes of Meek Mill, and Gucci Mane while 2 Chainz, Lil’ Scrappy, and French Montana are all known to have used his beats.
On the other side of his road to stardom, the young rapper embraced social media particularly YouTube where he uploaded tons of videos as well as the original track of his song Lonely and many others. In all, he had three albums to his credit Fitness Father (2013), Married to the Money (2013), and Married to the Money II (2014) under his record label Talibandz Entertainment.
At the time of his death, Speaker Knockerz had a net worth said to be between $250, 000 to $400, 000 at 19 years old. His earning came hugely from his music and this goes a long way to show just how successful he would have been had he lived longer.
How Did Speaker Knockerz Die?
In the short time he lived and was famous (2010-2014), Knockerz was still an upcoming artist with lots of musical juice to standout on any rap stage. Sadly, he didn’t live so long but died while still ascending to the peak of his career.
Being so young and dying so suddenly when there was no inkling of his demise, a lot of people have held and shared various things they believed to be the cause of the young rapper’s death. Top on the list is that he probably didn’t recover from substance abuse, but in contrast to this, Knockerz died of a totally different cause.
Derek McAllister Jr. went missing on December 3, 2014, as his parents would later reveal when he was found dead in his garage on 2 Notch Road. On examination, the authorities reported that there were no drugs found on him just as there was no anomaly to suspect any foul play. The Richard County Coroner ruled that he died of natural causes (a heart attack).
The McAllisters have since moved on with life, his younger brother is currently doing well as a rap artist while his father took over Speaker’s music label Talibandz Entertainment following his death.