Space X Meets Jesus
Posted September 11, 2017
By MarkRyan_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Veteran CHH artist Derek Minor continues to release music at the speed of light. It seems like only yesterday that that the RMG artist released Reflection, perhaps due to his prolific single releasing throughout the period between albums. His latest release Your Soul Must Fly is the first in a series of four EPs that will be released in the Up and Away series over the next four months.
Your Soul Must Fly can be described succinctly as a smooth banger. The first track "Take Off" hits hard and features KB, Ty Brasel and RMG labelmate Canon. Minor introduces the flight theme early on the project in the most logical place: the runway.
"Astronaut" comes up next, featuring Deraj and the lesser known (but no less talented) Byron Juane. This track comes at you, and the beat gets you right in the gut. This is a turn up track with a smooth hook. It has a distinctive Derek Minor vibe that invites the listener to bob their head.
After more strong tracks found in "Anti-Gravity," "Jumpin" and "Level," the project closes with the introspective title track "Your Soul Must Fly." When Derek slows it down is when he is at his absolute best. His own voice shines on the chorus. If any track had the opportunity to be the radio single of the project, this would be it. Derek goes deep into social justice issues, but encourages the listener to follow Jesus and let their soul fly. What starts as a turn up album takes a turn at the end and wraps everything up in the arms of Jesus.
The Bottom Line: No one will ever question whether Derek Minor is a Christian rapper or a rapper that is Christian. He still carries the original mantra of being unashamed long after his Reach Records days, and as he prepares us for the rest of the Up and Away series, Your Soul Must Fly is a perfect launch pad.
Song to Download Now:
"Your Soul Must Fly" (Get it on iTunes here.)
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