How Does Rap Music Move the Culture Forward? An honest conversation with Derek Minor.

The Healing Power of Rap: Connecting Through Emotion and Honesty to move the culture forward

This year, Hip Hop celebrates its 50th anniversary. Pastor Phil has a thought-provoking conversation with none other than Derek Minor, a renowned artist in the Christian hip-hop space on how rap has moved the culture forward.

Derek’s journey in music started at a young age, banging on pots and pans as his mother cooked. He got into rapping when he saw his dad recording someone and thought he could do better. Freestyling with his dad every summer became a way for them to bond and unleash their creativity.

What struck me the most was Derek’s perspective on the power of rap music. He shared that he realized the traditional approach to sharing the gospel wasn’t resonating with the people he wanted to impact. Instead, he found that the music he and his peers listened to, like Jeezy, TI, NBA Young Boy, and Lil Baby, connected with listeners on a deeper level. It may not be intellectual, but it’s passionate and relatable.

Derek believes that rappers are like poets, able to relay messages effectively and get straight to the point. Pastor Phil agrees, stating that hip-hop has always been a sender-receiver friendly form of communication. It’s raw, honest, and accessible.

They also discussed Derek’s upcoming album, “Nobody’s Perfect.” During his hiatus, he focused on music licensing for TV and film. But Derek’s personal journey of self-discovery and understanding God led him back to music. He wants his music to be honest, impactful, and to move the culture forward.

One particular song that caught my attention is about dealing with pressure and being honest about it. Derek shared personal experiences that influenced the creation of this song, such as the pandemic and his brother getting into trouble. He emphasized the importance of applying pressure even when under pressure, and the need for honest expression in his music.

Pastor Phil related to the message of the song, sharing his own experiences of pressure in the church and in his personal life. He praised Derek for his courage in creating music that speaks truth and moves the culture forward.

In their conversation, they also touched upon the creative process of making rap music. Derek focuses on the instinctual and catchy nature of his hooks, preferring not to write them down. He believes that music should come from the heart.

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Timecode references

[00:01:04] Introducing Derek Minor Pastor Phil introduces Derek Minor, a renowned artist in the hip-hop industry, as the guest for the episode.

[00:02:33] Derek’s Early Music Journey Derek shares how he got into making music, starting from his childhood and his experiences with his dad in Pontiac, Michigan.

[00:04:49] Derek’s Musical Growth and Theological Perspective Derek discusses his journey as an artist, his upbringing in a church that focused on emotional worship, and his later realization of the importance of theology in Christian hip-hop.

The Impact of Rap Music [00:10:09] Discussion on how rap music connects with people emotionally and passionately, especially those from certain backgrounds.

Nobody’s Perfect Album [00:13:20] Introduction to Derek Minor’s album “Nobody’s Perfect” after a five-year hiatus, with a focus on the themes of imperfection, grace, and the celebration of humanity.

The Art of Rap [00:18:16] Exploration of Derek Minor’s song “Pressure” and the process of creating rap music, including the impact of pressure on individuals and the artistic approach to writing lyrics.

[00:19:21] The Impact of Pressure and Anxiety on Decision Making Discussion on how pressure and anxiety can shift our brain into fight or flight mode, affecting decision making.

[00:21:03] Life Experiences and Making Better Decisions Under Pressure Talking about personal experiences during the pandemic and the pressure that can lead to making poor decisions.

[00:27:01] The Courage to Create Music that Moves the Culture Exploring the courage, it takes to make music that goes beyond popular trends and aims to make a meaningful impact on the culture.

[00:29:25] The Importance of Meaningful Lyrics in Hip Hop Discussion on how meaningful lyrics catch the listener’s attention and bring life to the song.

[00:30:55] Transitioning from Prodigal to Derek Minor Conversation about Derek Minor’s previous stage name and his decision to use his real name.

[00:32:02] Derek Minor’s Creative Process Insight into Derek Minor’s creative process, including his approach to writing hooks and creating beats.

[00:39:13] The Impact of Unprocessed Emotions and Wounds Discussion on how suppressing or denying emotions and wounds can lead to negative consequences.

[00:40:25] Upcoming Album Release and Listening Tour Derek Minor talks about his new album “Nobody’s Perfect” and his plan to travel the country playing the records and having conversations with fans. [00:44:25] Album Release Date and Possible Tweaks Derek Minor mentions that the album is almost finished and will be released soon, but there is still some room for tweaks before the listening tour begins.

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