Birth name

Derek Michael Armstead


July 31, 1975


Manhattan, New York, U.S.


March 2, 1997 (aged 21)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.


Hip hop



Years active


Associated acts

Children of the Corn, Big L, Killa Kam, Murda Mase, McGruff

Derek Michael Armstead (July 31, 1975 – March 2, 1997), aka Bloodshed aka Blood Debiasi was a rapper affiliated with fellow Harlemites Big L, Ma$e, McGruff, and his cousin Killa Cam.

Born on July 31, 1975 in Harlem, New York City, Bloodshed started rapping at a young age and was a counterpart of the legendary but short-lived supergroup 'Children of the Corn' until he died in a fatal car accident on March 2, 1997 (7 days before Chris Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G. was killed) in his hometown of Harlem at the age of 21, which caused the split of Children Of The Corn. Prior to his involvement with Children Of The Corn, Bloodshed and his cousin Cam'ron recorded several tracks as a duo under the name 'Caged Fury'.

Bloodshed grittily delivered intelligent Street Tales and punchlines over beats composed of hardcore drums and eerie samples (Primarily Digga production) and was evidentally a primary influence in his cousin's career. Bloodshed released one solo track 'Paint The Town Red' in his short-lived career. The tracks chorus samples Kool G Rap and displays some of Bloodshed's amazing lyrical and punchline ability.

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