This Queens bred rapper doesn’t need sight to be heard loud and clear.
Derrick Anderson, who goes by the stage name NYCE, is ready for his performance at the first-ever Queens Day Festival at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park today.
NYCE, 18, was raised in St. Albans and has been blind since birth. He was born with Retinoblastoma (Rb) which is a rapidly developing cancer that develops from the immature cells of a retina, the light-detecting tissue of the eye. The disease left him blind, however he never let that falter his creation of music.
Surrounded by music, NYCE began piano lessons as the tender age of 5 and played drums and sang in his church choir. At the age of 13, NYCE was encouraged to pursue music and release a mixtape of his work entitled ; The Interruption.
NYCE is one of several Queens-based artists who will be showcasing their work at the festival. The festival is hosted by the U.S Open as part of an agreement to allow the USTA to expand its facilities on public areas. The festival begins at 10 a.m at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
With his inspirational music, NYCE uses his tracks to uplift the community. NYCE is currently working on his album which is scheduled for release this fall.