8 Songs, 25 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Christian rapper Derek Minor packs plenty of imagination into this eight-track EP, starting with “Heaven’s Light.” It opens as spare, space-age funk before doubling over on itself with knotty guitar lines and smooth jazz overtones. A spoken-word interjection from his mother reminds him, no matter what else happens, to always esteem Christ above all else. The remainder of the album is similarly dense with ideas, hitting on R&B, trap beats, pop hooks, and sprawling psychedelia; the lyrics, meanwhile, don’t pull any punches, continually circling back to the exaltation of the Lord. Lots to unpack in just 25 minutes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Christian rapper Derek Minor packs plenty of imagination into this eight-track EP, starting with “Heaven’s Light.” It opens as spare, space-age funk before doubling over on itself with knotty guitar lines and smooth jazz overtones. A spoken-word interjection from his mother reminds him, no matter what else happens, to always esteem Christ above all else. The remainder of the album is similarly dense with ideas, hitting on R&B, trap beats, pop hooks, and sprawling psychedelia; the lyrics, meanwhile, don’t pull any punches, continually circling back to the exaltation of the Lord. Lots to unpack in just 25 minutes.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

28 Ratings

28 Ratings

⚡️💥Woke up This M🕢rning like🔥🔥

2017istheone

⚡️💥what I gotta w♨️rry bout, 💒⭐️⭐️

⛑🔥 ⛑🔥⛑🔥⛑🔥⛑🔥⛑🔥⛑🔥

The awkward guy...

Let's gooooo

Dope Music

LK Nupe03

High above already dope. This Morning on repeat!

About Derek Minor

Christian rapper Derek Minor, born Derek Johnson, Jr. in Pontiac, Michigan, moved at a young age with his mother to Tennessee. Although he wasn't close to his father, a childhood summertime visit -- during which he started rapping, assisted by beats made by his father -- fostered his involvement with music. Johnson attended Middle Tennessee State University and graduated with a degree in recording industry management. From 2006 through 2008, the budding rapper and producer, known then as PRo, released a handful of mixtapes. He also issued the album Black Out through his Reflection Music Group label, but he considers the early 2010 mixtape PSA his first set of mature Christian rap. The album Redemption, released that July, peaked at number eight on Billboard's gospel chart. In August 2011, he released his second album, a conceptual set titled Dying to Live. It reached number two on the gospel chart but topped the Christian chart. After switching his performing name from PRo to Derek Minor, he released Minorville in September 2013. The rapper/producer has also recorded with 116 Clique and R.M.G., and has produced for the likes of Tedashii and J-Son. After signing with Entertainment One Records in 2014, he released his debut for the label the following year. Empire peaked at number 54 on the Billboard 200. In 2016, Minor released his sixth LP, Reflection, along with 1014, a bonus EP for fans. The rapper returned the following year with his single "Fresh Prince." ~ Andy Kellman

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