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Black Medicine Artist: 1997 SHS grad making his mark in rap

Andy Ouriel • May 5, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Sandusky resident Derek Kimberlin is a diversified agent.

Already a designer and concealed carry instructor, many might also consider him to work in marketing or tourism.

Well, he sort of does, based on his latest lyrical production showcasing Sandusky and about two dozen businesses located within the greater area.

Kimberlin, also known as The Black Medicine Artist, recently released “Sandusky,” a three-minute song and video shedding some positive light on some of his favorite local spots.

The catchy beat mixed with clever rhymes exploded in popularity, becoming a viral sensation and fetching more than 3,000 views on YouTube since debuting about three weeks ago.

Watch the video in the player below

“I spent a lot of time on certain songs, and I didn’t think this would take off,” Kimberlin said. “But this is my home and where I live and the places that I go for a good time. I have a lot of friends and family that run businesses here. A lot of people are fed up with the bad stuff that goes on here, but it’s not going to run me out of my town. I love it here.”

The city native got into rap music soon after graduating from Sandusky High School in 1997. Ever since then, he’s remained conscious of incorporating bits and pieces of his favorite artists — such as Johnny Cash, Hank Williams III and System of a Down, among others — into his music.

“Rap music is not all about drugs or the struggle,” Kimberlin said. “For me, I had a decent childhood. I wasn’t struggling, but you can still be a rapper and make good music. It’s an outlet for me. It’s not what I want to be but just a hobby I really like”    After shooting the music video for “Sandusky,” Kimberlin edited and finalized the footage in a unique studio — complete with a pennypress machine and 6-foot-tall Frankenstein statue — at his Decatur Street home, where he’s produced dozens of other songs.

“Rapping is who he is,” Derek’s wife, Dawn Kimberlin, said. “If he did not have rap, there is no Derek. Ever since he was little, he has been around music”

Kimberlin, who previously performed at the now-defunct Underground, plans on releasing yet another CD, which would be his fourth. There are even plans to release a second version, or remix, of “Sandusky” with many more guests, including a possible cameo by a boy and his boot.

“There is a lot of good things here,” Kimberlin said. “I’m proud of my city, and I want to show people that”

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