Feel the vibes in Deraj's new video - Hold You Down!
There’s always more to life than what it seems. Shedding light onto the unforeseen 2 parts encourages listeners to look beyond presented truths. Get the free download on Rapzilla!
The first installment from the Up And Away Series, 'Your Soul Must Fly' is here! Listen to the project and let Derek Minor know you've listened on social media! @thederekminor
New video from Tony Tillman! Watch "Granny's Couch" on RMG's youtube channel now!
Click to watch Derek Minor's 'Take Off' Exclusively on CCM Magazine!
We all need someone to hold us down when times get hard. Listen to Deraj's new track, "Hold You Down" ft. GNRA, the first single from his upcoming project, Goodish!
Take off with the new single from Derek Minor!
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!
Click to watch the new video from Derek Minor - "Astronaut"!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grab the new single here: http://smarturl.it/WeBeenHere
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.”