Derek, The Prodigal Son

Derek, The Prodigal Son

BandHip Hop

Lyrically witty and convicting messages laced with Hip-Hop, Jazz, and R&B tracks, fusing to form a sound called Poetic Preaching.

Biography

Ministrial Statement:
To minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the form of music that I call Poetic Preaching in an effort to change lives of all cultures and ages.

Bio:
Derek Hooten was born on September 18, 1971 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Always having a gift for music, Derek shocked his parents with his musical abilities when he began playing various songs that he taught himself on a recorder instrument at a very young age. Derek always played musical instruments from elementary school through high school, which included the clarinet, the saxophone, drums, and percussion. After graduating from high school, Derek acquired a love for writing lyrics in the form of poetry and hip-hop music. Motivated by his older brother Chuck, he learned the basics of studio recording and live performances.
As a college student working two jobs, Derek continued to pursue his dream of success in hip-hop music by helping form a group called The Derelics. Without a producer, Derek and his brother Chuck saved money to purchase their first piece of equipment, a keyboard/sampler sequencer. Derek would stay up for hours mastering the equipment and creating musical tracks for the group to rap to. Through hard work and determination, the group obtained notoriety in the Cincinnati area through performances and competitions. Along the way, he continued to save money to purchase more musical equipment to perfect his sound.
While producing and writing on occasion, Derek began spending more time reading the Bible and praying. Baptized at 8 years old, he never forgot about his background of attending church regularly and his mother's religious ways of raising him and his siblings. However, years of performing secular music and hanging with the wrong crowd had taken its toll. One day, while struggling with what direction to take his music, he was watching a musical performance on a television show, featuring a Christian Rap group called "The Cross Movement". Derek was amazed at how inspiring and talented the group was. Days later while praying, the Holy Spirit told him, "Now can you see what I gave you this talent for?" Derek rededicated his life back to Christ, and ever since it has become his heart's desire to please God and use his talents for the sole purpose of bringing people closer to Jesus.
Derek who now goes by the name, "Derek, The Prodigal Son", has written, produced, performed, and recorded many songs in his home studio. In 2004, he released his first CD entitled Home Where I Belong and three years later a sophomore CD entitled Poetic Preachin’, which both have received great responses locally and nationally. Both CD’s had featured songs that have received radio play locally and non-locally, as well as Internet radio stations and pod casts. One of the songs from the Poetic Preachin’ CD called “Keep Steppin’ ”, was selected to be a bonus track song on the worldwide released Holy Hip Hop Volume 5 Compilation CD released in the Fall of 2007. Derek also performs his Christian rap songs for many events, outreach ministries and churches. With his music, Derek's dreams and goals are to bring lost souls to Jesus Christ and to release anointed songs to help further spread his music ministry.

Lyrics

For All Songs

Written By: For Derek, The Prodigal Son's Home Where I Belong CD

Visit the lyric page at www.beblessedrecordings.com

Give It Up

Written By: Derek, The Prodigal Son

“GIVE IT UP”

VERSE 1

LET EVERYTHING THAT HAS BREATH PRAISE THE LORD
AND GET OUT YOUR SEAT, IT’S NO TIME TO ACT BORED
EXPRESS YOUR THANKS TO THE ONE THAT’S TRULY WORTHY
CAN I HEAR AMEN? AMEN!! I’M GLAD YOU HEARD ME
NOW LET’S TAKE OUR PRAISE TO THE NEXT LEVEL
BY GLORIFYING GOD AND SUPPRESSING THE DEVIL
WHAT HINDERS YOUR PRAISE LEAVE AT HOME, YOU’RE NOT ALONE
CAUSE WE ALL CAME TO RECEIVE A BLESSING FROM GOD’S THRONE
AND IT’S BEEN SHOWN THAT WHEN PRAISE GOES UP
THAT BLESSINGS COME DOWN IN RETURN NO MATTER WHAT
SO LIFT YOUR VOICE TO THE MASTER, SHOUT IF YOU HAVE TO
AND EXPECT WORKS FROM GOD TO FOLLOW AFTER
CAUSE IT’S HIS WILL FOR US TO PRAISE HIM
THE SAME POWER EXISTS THAT TOOK TO RAISE HIM
CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE, BUT YOUR PRAISE YOU GOTTA SEND IT UP
FOR EVERYTHING THAT HE IS, YOU GOTTA GIVE IT UP

CHORUS

THE LORD IS WORTHY OF YOUR PRAISE
SO TO HIM EVERY HAND SHOULD RAISE, C’MON GIVE IT UP
AND HE’S WORHTY OF YOUR DANCE
YOU WANT TO PRAISE HIM, HERE’S YOUR CHANCE, C’MON GIVE IT UP
AND HE’S WORTHY OF YOUR SHOUT
SO IF YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT, YOU GOTTA GIVE IT UP
AND HE’S WORTHY OF WORSHIP
SO LET HIM KNOW THAT HE’S WORTH IT

VERSE 2

I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU CAME TO DO
BUT I CAME TO PRAISE THE LORD, HOW ABOUT YOU
FOR THE TIMES YOU MAY NOT FEEL THAT YOU WANNA
JUST SAY UH, UH, TO YOUR FLESH AND SAY I’M GONNA
EVEN THE DAYS THAT I MIGHT FEEL UNEASY
AND I MIGHT ASK THE QUESTION, DID JESUS LEAVE ME?
I KNOW IT’S JUST SATAN TRYING TO DECEIVE ME
CAUSE THEN I’LL HEAR GOD’S VOICE SAY, YOU NEED ME!
BELIEVE ME, IT AIN’T A LIE, JUST GIVE IT A TRY
FOR ISN’T IT WISE TO NEVER DENY THE MOST HIGH?
THEN WHY IS YOUR HALF-PRAISE ON
YOU KNOW, THAT STARTS ON FIRE BUT NEVER STAYS STRONG
HALF-PRAISING HIM JUST WON’T DO
WHEN YOU BREATHED THIS MORNING DID HE ONLY GIVE HALF TO YOU?
THINK ABOUT TODAY WHERE YOU COULD HAVE ENDED UP
YO, YOUR PRAISE YOU NEED TO GIVE IT UP

CHORUS

VERSE 3

IT’S AMAZIN’ CONCERNING CHRIST THAT GOD GAVE HIM
AND MADE HIM TO DIE FOR OUR SINS AND THEN WOULD RAISE HIM
MY HEART’S ACHIN’, SAYIN’ HOW CAN I FACE HIM
IS HE MAD AT ME CAUSE HUMANITY DID FORSAKE HIM
AT CALVARY, THEY WERE HOPING TO MORE THAN DAZE HIM
AND AS THEY HAZED HIM, THEY WERE THINKING NOTHING CAN SAVE HIM
AS THEY ENGAGED IN THIS TORTURE, IT AMAZED THEM
WHY HE DIDN’T FIGHT BACK AS IF IT DIDN’T PHASE HIM
THEY NAMED HIM KING OF THE JEWS AND MADE HIM
CARRY HIS OWN CROSS, DID EVERYTHING BUT BLAZE HIM
THIS IS THE SAME CHRIST WHOM WE SHOULD REPAY AND
GRACE HIM WITH LOVE AND APPRECIATION
SO THANK HIM, CAUSE HE’LL NEVER FORSAKE MEN
BUT HE HAS MORE VACANCIES FOR SINNERS THAN DAYS INN
NO MATTER YOUR RACE AND GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION
EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD NEEDS TO PRAISE HIM

CHORUS 2X

Keep Steppin'

Written By: Derek Hooten

CHORUS 1

WHEN YOUR FRIENDS SAY WHY DON’T YOU HIT THIS WEED, AND YOU’LL FEEL BETTER
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………..KEEP STEPPIN’
WHEN THE DEVIL TRIES TO WHISPER IN YOUR EAR, ENCOURAGING SIN
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………..KEEP STEPPIN’
WHEN THAT PERSON SAYS LET’S GET BUSY CAUSE WE DON’T HAVE TO MARRIED
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………..KEEP STEPPIN’
AND WHEN THAT VOICE SAYS GO ON AND TAKE YOUR LIFE, IT AIN’T WORTH LIVING
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………..KEEP STEPPIN’


VERSE 1

FIRST AND FOREMOST, HOW CAN I SAY THIS
THE ENEMY WANTS TO PUT YOU ON HIS PLAYLIST
SO TAKE THIS ADVICE BEFORE YOU PAY THE PRICE
HIS WAY OF ENTICE IS BLOCKING YOUR WAY TO CHRIST
BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE DAY HE’LL TRY TO GET IN YOUR WAY
HIS THOUGHTS HE WILL CONVEY TO SEE IF YOU MIGHT OBEY
HE’LL GET YOUR ATTENTION AND FOCUS JUST BY WHISPERIN’
THOUGHTS IN YOUR EAR TO CLEARLY STEER YOU INTO SIN
MANY FELL VICTIM TO HIM AND LISTENED TO
LIES OF DECEIT ONLY TIME SAYS HE’LL GET TO YOU
THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO FALL VICTIM
CAUSE MANY FOUND REFUGE IN GOD WHEN THE DEVIL TRICKED THEM
KING DAVID WAS A PRIME EXAMPLE CAUSE HE WAS SMART
HE SINNED THEN WENT TO GOD, A MAN AFTER HIS OWN HEART
BUT JUST LIKE DAVID, WHEN WE SIN WE SHOULD LEARN THROUGH IT
CAUSE WHEN WE REPENT WE SHOULD NEVER RETURN TO IT


CHORUS 2

WHEN YOUR FRIEND SAYS GO ON AND LIE ABOUT IT, THEY WON’T EVER KNOW
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………….KEEP STEPPIN’
WHEN YOUR MATE SAYS LET’S ABORT THIS BABY CAUSE WE CAN’T AFFORD IT
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………….KEEP STEPPIN’
WHEN THAT THOUGHT SAYS GO ON AND CUSS THEM OUT, GET IT OFF YOUR CHEST
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………….KEEP STEPPIN’
WHEN THAT VOICE SAYS GO ON AND CURSE GOD, HE DON’T ANSWER PRAYERS
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………….KEEP STEPPIN’


VERSE 2

HOW MANY OUT THERE TIRED OF SATAN
WAITIN’ AND MAKIN’ ROOM, PREYIN’ IN WHO TO CONSUME
DELIBERATELY, HIS DELIVERY’S BRINGIN’ MISERY
BUT GOD’S CHIVALRY NOW LIVES IN ME AND WILL DELIVER ME
OUT FROM BONDAGE, NO LONGER LIVING IN DOUBT
BUT NOW DEVOUT TO WITHSTAND AN AMOUNT OF SATAN’S CLOUT
SO SHOUT AND LET YOUR VOICE RING TO ELOHIM
WHO BRINGS PEACE TO MAN WHEN YOU STAND UNDER HIS WING
NO LONGER DO YOU HAVE TO LIVE BY THE THINGS YOU’VE DONE
BUT RUN TO THE ONE WHO KEEPS YOU FROM WHAT HE SAVED YOU FROM
AND YOU WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BEING WEAK AGAIN
AND YOU WON’T BE MOVED WHEN THE DEVIL STARTS SPEAKING SIN
WHY WE PRETEND SOMETIMES LIKE WE’RE NEVER TEMPTED
PROCLAIMING EXEMPTION SHOULD MAKE YOU FEEL CONVICTED
THE TRUTH IS SATAN IS REAL SO WATCH YOUR BACK
BUT THE FACT REMAINS GOD CAN PREVENT SATANS ATTACK


CHORUS 3

WHEN THAT PERSON SAYS LET’S HAVE AN AFFAIR, WHO CARES IF YOU’RE MARRIED
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………….KEEP STEPPIN’
WHEN THE DEVIL SAYS GO ON AND FIGHT THEM CAUSE THEY DISRESPECTED YOU
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………….KEEP STEPPIN’
WHEN THAT VOICE SAYS GO ON AND STEAL IT, WHO CARES IF IT’S NOT YOURS
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………….KEEP STEPPIN’
WHEN YOU’RE THINKIN’ TO DISRESPECT YOUR PARENTS, THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………….KEEP STEPPIN’


VERSE 3

START LETTIN’ IT GO, DON’T SWEAT IT NO MORE
THE BEST WEAPON YOU KNOW, IS KEEP STEPPIN’ CAUSE YO
THE ENEMY CAN ONLY GO AS FAR AS YOU LET HIM
KEEP PLAYIN’ WITH SIN WILL MAKE HIM SAY I’M GONNA GET ‘EM
DON’T ENTERTAIN SIN KNOWIN’ THAT YOU HAVE NO ARMOR
THOUGH SATAN COMES HARD, HE CAN ALSO COME AS A CHARMER
TRUST ME, I’M NOT PRETENDING BRO, IT’S THIS SIMPLE THOUGH
SATAN’S TRAPS CAN BE HIDDEN SO IT APPEARS SUBLIMINAL
HE’LL TRY TO MANIPULATE YOUR WEAKEST STATE
THEN MAKE YOU CONTEMPLATE OVER SIN, THAT’S A MISTAKE
BUT WAIT, SOME PEOPLE SAY THEY CAN CONTROL THEIR SIN
AND THEY KEEP ON, NEXT YOU KNOW IT TOOK OVER THEM
BUT I PRAY THAT THEY DISCERN, TURN, AND LEARN
THE MORE YOU PLAY WITH FIRE, THE MORE CHANCE TO BURN
CAUSE UNTIL YOU GET OFF SATAN’S TEAM HE’LL NEVER LET OFF
SO COME TO GOD SO YOU CAN TELL THE DEVIL TO STEP OFF


CHORUS 4

WHEN THE THOUGHT OF WATCHIN’ THAT CERTAIN FILM BECAUSE OF THE SEX
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………..KEEP STEPPIN’
WHEN THAT VOICE SAYS STOP GOING TO CHURCH, IT’S JUST A WASTE OF TIME
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………..KEEP STEPPIN’
WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT DOING THAT SINFUL ACT CAUSE NOBODY’S WATCHING
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………..KEEP STEPPIN’
WHEN THAT VOICE SAYS GO ON BE GREEDY, YOU DON’T HAVE TO TITHE, KEEP IT
WHAT YOU GONNA SAY………..KEEP STEPPIN’


WHISPERING

WHAT YOU GONNA SAY…TELL ME 4X’S

Discography

CD entitled, Home Where I Belong, released in 2004
CD entitled, Poetic Preachin', released April 2007

Songs that have been featured on both local and non-local radio stations as well as internet streaming include:
Give It Up
It Was Written
Paradise
Now What
I Gotta Question
Personally
The Prodigal Son (Home Where I Belong)
He Used To Say
Keep Steppin'
What U Waitin' For

Set List

He Used To Say 3:57 (up tempo)
What U Waitin' For 4:52 (up tempo)
Keep Steppin' 4:20 (mid tempo)
To Please You 4:33 (up tempo)
Poetic Preachin' 4:38 (up tempo)
Reality 4:40 (mid tempo)
Give It Up 4:00 (up tempo)
Flower 5:02 (mid tempo)
It Was Written 5:19 (mid tempo)
Personally 4:57 (mid tempo)
Now What 3:56 (up tempo)
Paradise 5:25 (up tempo)

Set lists and performance tracks are selected upon event given, considering whether it is for a youth outreach, church service, or promotional concert.