Award winning Hip-Hop artist, Derek Minor, is enjoying success at CCM radio with his new single, “Change the World,” going No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot AC/CHR chart. The tune features guest artist, Hollyn, and is from Minor’s current album Reflection that released on his Refection Music Group (RMG) label, in partnership with Entertainment One. The project has been streamed on Spotify over 2.6 million times. At the same time, the music video for “Change the World” premiered on NewReleaseToday last Friday and can be viewed HERE.
“Change the World” is partly inspired by Minor’s first visit to Haiti in 2015 with the non-profit organization Hands & Feet Project that provides family-style housing and sustainable solutions for orphans in Haiti. Upon landing in Port-au-Prince, Minor was immediately overwhelmed by the country’s economic crisis and was moved to use his voice to make a difference.
“I just wrote this song as an anthem, hopefully for people to create change,” Minor explains. “I think in today's climate around the world, we have forgotten that our differences are beautiful. That God made each of us unique and that makes our world a better place. I think ‘Change the World’ speaks to that yearning inside for all of us to be heard and accepted with love.”
Minor recently received an award for Urban/Rap Album of the Year (Reflection) from the 5th Annual We Love Christian Music Awards, presented by NewReleaseToday. Minor was a presenter for the first live awards event that was a joint effort between NewReleaseToday and JUCE TV, where winners and nominees were spotlighted. Besides the album win, Minor was also nominated for Male Artist of the Year. “It's very humbling to be honored among my peers and I’m super thankful,” he added.
Fans of Minor will soon get to see live performances of his music on the 9th Annual Rock & Worship Roadshow, which launches Feb. 24 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. and concludes April 2 in Baltimore, Md. The 23-city tour features such major artists as Steven Curtis Chapman, Francesca Battistelli, Rend Collective, Passion, Family Force 5, Jordan Feliz and Urban Rescue. To keep updated with information about Minor: www.derekminor.com, www.facebook.com/thederekminor, www.twitter.com/thederekminor, www.instagram.com/thederekminor.
The concept music video directed by Patrick Tohill, tells a heartfelt story of four individuals paying it forward. Lyrically, Minor takes a stand for love and harmony on the self-produced song that includes a beautiful chorus from Hollyn as well as adult and children choir backing vocals. He sings, "Beautiful people don't you know you're made in his image / The image of greatness / Why don't we see his reflection inside of each other / In all of our faces."
"I think in today's climate around our world, we have forgotten that our differences are beautiful. That God made each of us unique and that makes our world a better place," Minor explains. "I think 'Change the World' speaks to that yearning inside for all of us to be heard and accepted with love."
Minor was honored to enlist friend and Gotee Recording Artist, Hollyn on the song. "She's an amazing vocalist, probably one of the best vocalists I worked with, period," he says. "She came in and knocked out vocals like nothing." The song also showcases Minor putting his rap talents on the back burner to sing on the entire track.
The Reflection album peaked at #7 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums and #5 on the Rap Albums charts. On February 24, Minor kicks off a 22-date run on The Rock & Worship Roadshow Tour.
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2016 was a tough year for many, including rapper Tony Tillman, but he’s entering 2017 with an optimistic perspective explained on his latest release, “Thankful.”
The Arkansas native breaks down his point-of-view into the simplest terms, his mortality: “I’m complaining about my year and some people don’t get a day,” he raps on the song.
Overcoming thoughts of suicide, witnessing death, and avoiding incarceration are among the ills Tillman discusses on the song that bridges soulful saxophone notes, gospel pianos, and subtle rock guitars. He rhymes, “But pain is something that we’ve all seen / And life without a care is something that we all dream / I know the feeling of pain / And I could either complain / Or change my vision and give thanks for all the small things.”
Tillman says “Thankful” is influenced by advice he received from his mother when growing up in Camden, Arkansas. “My mom always reminded me that there is always someone who has it worse than me,” he recalls. “The sad thing about that is is even now I tend to forget that so easily. Sometimes, I get so caught up in where I want to be or what I want to have that I forget that I wasn’t expected to be where I am now. I think God brings me back to a place of appreciation by reminding me of where I’ve been and what I’ve been through. Life is about perspective, and with a healthy perspective, we can find reasons to be thankful in our everyday lives.”
Tillman’s “All Lives Matter” debuted on Okayplayer in December.
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Canon takes his art seriously. The Reflection Music Group rapper and producer explains his mode of operation for success as an emcee on his new self-produced single “Fighters.”
The talented wordsmith, who has been covered by HipHopDX, Radio One, and Rapzilla, credits his lyrical stamina to his unmatched drive, rapping, “Better tell them I'm a fighter / Tell yo people's I'm rider.”
He distinguishes himself as a rapper who prioritizes artistic integrity over fame. “They just want chains and a broad / Mess around and get paid / But wait up / Consider what the payment is later,” he raps over a cipher-ready, boom-bap beat.
“The only thing that can truly limit any fighter is the ring around him,” Canon says. “Fighters are always pushing their limitations, their styles, their opponents, and, in some cases, their agenda. I'm just doing my part.”
“Fighters” appears on Canon’s Loose Canon Vol. 3 album that debuted at #15 on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart in November. Canon is working on the his next album.
Tony Tillman explains the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement in his new song “All Lives Matter”.
On the song, Tillman discusses the conflict between the African American community and police, arguing that politicians should do more to stop racial profiling and the mistreatment of Black men and women. Tillman raps, “Look, we ain’t asking you for reparations / All we asking for is legislation.”
Tillman adds that Black lives should be valued. “Why get offended when I say Black Lives Matter / I know All Lives Matter / I’m just saying mine too,” he says on the song featuring a sample of Dionne Warwick’s “Walk on By.”
Tillman explains his motivation for writing the song. “I thought it was ironic that people would say ‘All Lives Matter’ as a pushback to us saying ‘Black Lives Matter,’ but seemed to ignore the fact that Black lives were being treated as if they didn’t matter,” he says. “When people would say ‘All Lives Matter,’ it was as if they thought they were telling us something we didn’t agree with when, in fact, the reason we say ‘Black Lives Matter’ is because we value all lives, and we want the world to value our lives as much as others.”
“All Lives Matter” follows Tillman’s “Sell Out” released in August. Tillman has released two albums, 2015’s Camden and 2013’s Mic Check as well as 2013’s The Tony Tillman EP.
We pretend that we have it all together, but the reality is that sometimes we’re afraid. Our past and present mistakes make us uncertain about the future. Sometimes reminds listeners that with God, we can overcome everything. Get the new single from Deraj now:
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Derek Minor Recalls Teen Rap Dreams in “Look at Me Now” video!
Derek Minor’s Reflection album released on October 14,2016 on his Reflection Music Group label has received coverage in respected outlets Billboard, HipHopDX, RESPECT and Rapzilla. On November 25th Minor premieres a video for the album’s opening track, “Look at Me Now" on BET Gospel.
In the video directed by Patrick Tohill, Minor recalls his days as a teenage aspiring rapper and producer. “I remember being 15 years old, sitting in my room with a Roland JX305 keyboard and an eight track mixer with dreams of making music and people listening,” he says. “Fast forward to today and I'm living that dream. It's a humbling thing because many people don't get that opportunity. ‘Look at Me Now’ is for all the dreamers out there who have big goals. If I can do it, so can you. You were made for greatness.”
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Derek Minor is a member of a small, elite class of hip hop artists who are adept at MCing, producing, and running their own companies. His wordplay and relatable lyrics have made him an in-demand collaborator who has worked with the likes of Lecrae, Andy Mineo, and Colton Dixon.
Minor is released his sixth album, Reflection, on October 14 on his Reflection Music Group in partnership with Entertainment One. The album includes the lead single “You Know It,” “Until I’m Gone” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid, “Love Go High” featuring Chrisette Michele, “I’m Good” featuring Janice Gaines, among other tracks.
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Canon and Derek Minor put a hip-hop spin on Richard Pryor’s 1985 comedy Brewster’s Million for their video for “Over Do It” from Canon’s Loose Canon Vol. 3 album on Reflection Music Group that debuted at #5 on iTunes’ Hip Hop Albums chart.
In Brewster’s Millions, Pryor’s character receives a $300 million dollar inheritance from an unknown uncle. In “Over Do It,” Canon is informed that his Uncle Brewster has left him $5 million.
Throughout the video directed by Will Thomas, Canon and Minor go wild, blowing through the money, purchasing a house, cars, an in-home theatre, custom decorations and vintage instruments before the narrative takes a surprise, comical twist.
Canon says he is a fan of the Pryor classic. “I’ve seen Brewster’s Million and loved the concept of inheriting more money than I could ever account for,” he says. “Sometimes things are just too good to be true.”
Minor says there are elements of truth in the fictional storyline. “Every time me and Canon get together it’s always crazy,” he says. “So ‘Over Do It’ is just a continuation of the music history that we have. The music video is pretty much us. That’s the kind of time we have. We are obviously not blowing $5 million every time we hanging out, but if we did have $5 million, I could guarantee that’s some of the stuff we would be doing.”
The song is produced by G-Roc. Canon’s Loose Canon Vol. 3 was released on Nov. 4 and includes the singles “Eagles” and “The Family.”
Canon first gained notoriety honing his chops as a hypeman for Lecrae, who later featured him on his Rehab: The Overdose project. In 2011, Canon signed to Derek Minor’s Reflection Music Group. A member of the 116 Clique, Canon released his debut mixtape, The Great Investment, in 2009. In 2012, he released the first volume of his Loose Canon mixtape series. The following year, he dropped his first official album, Mad Haven. He achieved a breakthrough in 2014 when his Loose Canon Vol. 2 mixtape reached Number 101 on the Billboard 200 chart. In December 2014, Canon suffered a near-fatal accident when he accidentally jumped into a 40-foot ravine when attempting to help a car accident victim. Canon chronicled the tragic event and recovery in his song “Grateful” and its supporting Grateful documentary. The artist who has also collaborated with KB and Andy Mineo, among others, had one of his freestyles featured on ESPN’s First Take and was nominated for a Kingdom Choice Award.
Loose Canon Vol. 3’s music makes a bold call for change. You can download on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Also, stream it now on Spotify.
The album’s second single, “The Family,” pays homage to his day one fans who stood by him through his tragedy. “Let me show the people that supported me that I’m here for them too and I appreciate everything they’ve done for me,” he says about the syncopated-beat driven song.On “Renegade” he shuns the status quo and claims his independence. “I’m Back,” the first new song that made the album, celebrates his triumphant return. “My Little Baby” thanks his wife for accepting him, imperfections and all, and he simply has fun on the EDM-ready track “I Ain’t Got Time.”
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The new album from Derek Minor is here and available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. It's also available to stream on Spotify.
Derek's 3rd studio album on RMG is his best work to date. The album is heavily produced by Minor, with no rap features. Each of the album's 14 tracks are either produced or co-produced by Minor with additional production from G-Roc, Cardec, Black Knight, Johnny Grande and Dirty Rice.
The project boasts powerhouse vocal contributions from BJ the Chicago Kid, Chrisette Michele, Hollyn, Janice Gaines, and Camille Faulker.
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With PreOrder going live on all platforms, Derek Minor also releases a brand new single called "Look At Me Now". PreOrder on iTunes, to get the track instantly.
The rapper, producer and CEO has assembled an impressive team of featured vocalists including BJ the Chicago Kid, Chrisette Michele, Hollyn, Janice Gaines, and Camille Faulker.
Minor produced or co-produce each of the album’s 14 songs with contributions from G-Roc, Cardec, Black Knight, Johnny Grande and Dirty Rice.
“The overall message of this record is that you really are made for greatness,” Minor explains. “You’re not the sum of your mistakes. We are all imperfect. You were made to be greater than your probably realize.”
1. Look At Me Now
2. Hold Up
3. You Know It
4. Until I’m Gone (ft. BJ the Chicago Kid)
5. Things Fall Apart
6. Believe It
7. I’m Good (ft. Janice Gaines)
9. Let’s Go (ft. Chrisette Michele)
10. Change the World (ft. Hollyn)
12. Good Enough (ft. Camille Faulkner)
13. Real Ones
14. Greatness 2.0