Preorder the new project from Derek Minor, Your Soul Must Fly! It is the first project of a 4 part series, Up and Away. It drops September 1st! Preorder on iTunes, and you'll get "Take Off" ft. Canon, KB, and Ty Brasel along with "Astronaut". Presave on Spotify, and the project will automatically save to your library on release day!
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Reconcile dropped a new single, Woke" ft. Lecrae! You can listen to the single everywhere! Also, when you preorder his mixtape Streets Don't Love You, "Woke" is the instant grat track!
Reconcile just announced his new mixtape, Streets Don't Love You! Preorder now and instantly get "Woke" (ft. Lecrae) and "Ain't No Way"!
Derek Minor premieres his latest single “Astronaut” today on Rapzilla. The song featuring Deraj and Byron Juane is now available everywhere!
On the track produced by OB and DJ Pez, Minor uses astronaut as a metaphor to describe his determination to excel despite hurdles, rapping, “I been feeling like they been trying to hold me down … But everytime I fall I never touch the ground / I keep blasting off like a astronaut.”
Deraj reps for the squad on the second verse and Bryon Juane continues the theme, closing the song with soulful adlibs.
Crime can be viewed as a viable means of survival amid financial hardships, but Reconcile offers an alternative plan on his new single, “Ain’t No Way,” now available for streaming and purchase. Writing from personal experiences, the South Florida rapper penned the track from his forthcoming mixtape during a particular tough time and describes it as the “most emotional song” on the set.
“I remember sitting down and not having money in my pocket, cars broken down, just moved back home to Florida, wife pregnant with twins and things weren't looking good,” he explains. “I knew I had to trust God that he would provide. I know there are people in these shoes every single day. That’s what the song is about.”
Watch the new lyric video from Derek Minor for his new single Fresh Prince!
Derek Minor brings the heat with his new stand alone single “Fresh Prince” available at online retailers today on his Reflection Music Group label.
With ample trombone synths and echoing 808s, Derek’s self-produced track has a nostalgic feel including several references to the 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air starring actor/rapper Will Smith. Additionally, the song title offers clever wordplay and celebrates the blessings of being the son of the king.
Reflection Music Group announces the signing of Miami-based hip hop artist Reconcile to its RMG Amplify division, a label partnership that provides marketing support to established independent artists. The Billboard charting artist released his song “Reckless” on online retailers.
While Reconcile has had a great rapport with co-CEOs Derek Minor and Doc Watson for years, he was also drawn to the partnership because of its support of and commitment to its artists. “I look at Derek and Doc and they are pushing the margins,” he says. “They are taking what they are doing to as many platforms as they can. You can see Derek and Doc lobbying to have songs on huge platforms and you see Derek standing up for the culture and social injustice.”
Speaking on behalf of the company, Watson says RMG is looking forward to working with Reconcile. “Reconcile is a great artist,” he says. “He’s been one of my favorites for a long time. He works hard and puts out great music. Most importantly, he has a message that needs to be heard everywhere.”
One example is Reconcile’s new release, “Reckless,” a redemptive song about the struggle to walk away from a life of crime. The song was inspired by his brother and cousin’s real life jail bids. He explains, “I was looking at their lives and getting those phone calls saying, ‘I’m tired of living reckless. I want to change. I really hear you, but it’s like I’m still lost in this life and have a lot of demons just holding my chest down.’”
Reconcile has found success with each of his previous releases. His 2012 free release, Abandoned Hope, received more than 45,000 downloads while he was still a senior at Rice University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, Philosophy and Sociology. His debut album Sacrifice reached No. 3 on the iTunes Hip Hop chart and debuted at No. 20 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart. His last set, the Catching Bodies EP, debuted at No. 30 on the Billboard Christian chart.
Listen to the new single from Reconcile, Reckless!
Anyone who has ever felt overlooked for their hard work will appreciate Deraj’s new single, “Watching,” featuring his Reflection Music Group labelmate Canon and Aaron Cole. The song premieres on Rapzilla and is available for purchase at online retailers.
The high-energy track produced by Derek Minor reminds listeners not to seek the approval of man. “Although we work hard and strive for greatness, at times it feels our best efforts can go unnoticed,” Deraj explains about the song’s message. “One thing we can be sure of is that God’s validation is all we need.”
Deraj, Canon, and Aaron Cole address the theme in their lyrics. “Watching” is the follow up to Deraj’s singles “Way Up” and “Sometimes.” His anticipated third EP is due late summer.
Formerly known as Rhema Soul member K-Nuff, Konata Small re-emerges with “Hold Some,” the opening track from his forthcoming solo debut, Est. 1997, to be released on RMG Amplify in partnership with Good City Music. The song’s lyric video drops on Friday and the audio is available at online retailers.
On the song, Konata opens up about his transition to becoming a solo artist, rapping, “Guess I was a problem now I ain’t / ‘Cause ain’t nobody checking me / Was standing in the middle of my circle / Now I’m standing alone / Man it’s deep.”
Konata admits “Hold Some” was the first song he wrote in studio alone. “Sometimes, God wants us to be alone to get our attention just to show us that we are actually not alone,” he says. “‘Hold Some,’ was written during that type of season.”
Produced by Al Cres, the song buzzes with moog synths and peaks with the energy of a hip hop-inspired, action movie theme score as Konata conveys his commitment to elevate hip hop’s lyrical content.
Konata has released three other singles from Est. 1997, “High Top Fade,” “Numbers” and “O Lawd.” As a member of the acclaimed Christian hip hop trio Rhema Soul, Konata released five albums from 2007 to 2013. Their last three sets, Fingerprints, Red, and Dope Beats, Good News Vol. 2, reached the Top 40 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart.
Canon brings the heat for summer hip hop playlists on his new song, “We Been Here,” featuring Aaron Cole blazing the chorus and second verse. The track drops Friday on Reflection Music Group and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Amazon.
The emcees attribute their strides in the music business to their longevity and hard work, distinguishing themselves from newcomers. The booming track produced by KDiamondBeats is packed with bravado and lyricism. Canon offers a synopsis of his tenure: “Been independent, on the ground, under ground, been born with a beast mode / Been on the waves since day one / So I’m Lil Yachty, plus three boats.” Cole, a member of Rapzilla’s 2016 Freshman Class, compliments the song with bars about his bold, willingness to rhyme about his faith before it became trendy. “Really coming for these copycat Christians ashamed of his name ‘til Chance gave ‘em Chance,” he raps.
“We Been Here” was inspired by Canon and Cole’s career trajectories. “Many times hard work goes unseen,” Canon explains. “We reflect on our journey that has brought us to where we are today. ‘We Been Here’ is an upbeat anthem to encourage working hard towards the goals God has set on your heart.”
“We Been Here” is a follow up to Canon’s January release, “Fighters.” Canon’s last set, Loose Canon Vol. 3, debuted at #15 on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart in November. Canon is working on the his next set.
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Check out the new music video from Tony Tillman! In this, he teams up with Out of the Dust for an acoustic production of his song "Thankful". Filmed with Youtube at their Nashville Sessions event!
Camden, Arkansas-bred rapper Tony Tillman reflects on past hardships on “Granny’s Couch".
The respected wordsmith covered by Okayplayer, Rapzilla and NewReleaseToday, recalls how financial struggles led him to stints of drug selling and robbery before he turned his life around. Tillman addresses the unfortunate plight all too common amongst inner city youth: “The hood's like prison we all some lifers / All got raps I ain't talking cyphers / Homeboy can barely buy his daughter diapers / He bout to jack son I ain't talking Michael.”
Tillman says a recent visit to his grandmother’s house in Camden motivated him to write the song produced by Grammy Award-winning musician Courtney Orlando, formerly known as J.R. “The visit was a bit nostalgic for me,” he recalls. “I lived with my grandma most of my teen years and slept on her couch. So, while I was there I began to think of a lot of the things I had experienced during that time. I remember going from being like 'Dang, I can't wait to get out on my own and off this stupid couch’ to becoming content and accepting the fact that I was a hood dude.
Tillman continues, “Living in the hood felt like a prison, and I was doing what I had to do to make the most of it. All of the wrong I did then like gang banging, selling dope, burglarizing houses, and robbing people was all an attempt to escape my reality and a push to get up out the hood. I eventually made it out, and did something positive with my life, but now I can't help but to feel sorrow for people who are still in that type of situation. Young men and women who are currently going through what I went through, sleeping on their granny's couch feeling trapped and longing to get out of that situation.”
Orlando-based rapper Deraj returns with a new anthem, “Way Up".
Featuring American Idol finalist Kassy Levels belting the chorus, “Way Up” is both an expression of gratitude and an ode to strong faith. On the track bustling with humming keys and electric synths compliments of Grammy Award-winning producer Malex and OB, Deraj credits his faith with keeping him in a good place. He hopes to inspire others, rapping, “We got the medicine, all you gotta do is let it in / He just came to fill you way up, what you hearing is the evidence.”
Deraj, who has been featured in HipHopDX and Rapzilla, says the song is about staying motivated. “When people and situations strive to keep us down, we stay focused on the things above no matter what,” he says. “We won’t settle for low standards when God made us greater. Since we were made for more, then with everything we do, we aim do it Way Up.”
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Award-winning Hip Hop artist, Derek Minor, is still receiving a strong response to his four-week No. 1 song, "Change The World" (feat. Hollyn). The single continues to garner airplay and is Top 20 on Billboard's Hot AC/CHR chart. In light of the popularity of the song, Minor is issuing various remixes of the tune produced by Cardec, Juice Bangers and David Thulin.
"'Change The World' has been an exciting path to see how I can partner with others and encourage others to impact their worlds with positive change," says Minor. "My prayer is for this song to challenge others as they go through their daily lives and encourage them at the same time."
The single is from Minor's current album Reflection, and was written by Minor out of his relationship with the Hands & Feet Project. Minor has spent time in Haiti over the past two years to help the residents with their economic crisis. He has participated with the organization in the Village Values Event that encourages and equips Haitian children with core values, and Minor has also partnered with the Hands & Feet Project to bring awareness to the work of orphan care and education in Haiti.
Minor has just returned from San Francisco where he met with executives at iTunes and other major digital outlets, in support of his upcoming new single in May. This came on the heels of Minor wrapping up the successful 9th Annual Rock & Worship Roadshow on April 2 in Baltimore, Maryland.
It will be a busy summer for Minor with several high-profile festival dates that include Big Ticket Festival, Lifefest and Soulfest. Another major tour announcement for the fall is coming soon.
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