Derek Minor's EMPIRE Debuts at #1 on the iTunes Rap/Hip Hop Charts

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Christian rap artist Derek Minor's fifth studio album EMPIRE has already reched #1 spot on the iTunes Rap and Hip Hop charts. Minor takes the album's theme of growing the Kingdom of God seriously, and enlisted an all-star cast of like-minded artists to join him on the project.

Derek shoulders much of the production on EMPIRE but also features producer heavyweights such as SykSense (Drake, 6god), Gawvi (Lecrae, Andy Mineo), Tyshane (Lecrae, Tedashii), Black Knight (KB, Andy Mineo) and Dirty Rice (2015 GRAMMY Nominee for Lecrae's "All I Need Is You"), and taps the vocal talents of A-list artists, including Lecrae, Colton Dixon, Tedashii, Anthony Evans Jr., and Leah Smith, to name a few.

On the heels of the album release, Minor will launch the "From Now Until Forever" tour with Humble Beast Recording artist Propaganda and KJ-52 (TPC MUSIC). Special guests include DJ MORPH on each show and many others throughout the tour. Kicking off March 5, the tour is slated to hit 32 US Markets and opens up the first night at the infamous SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. Sponsored by NGEN and Spotify Music, the tour offers a unique advanced purchase exclusive pre-show offer to include a hip hop panel, exclusive un-released tour digital EP along with early entry to the show and one on one time with the artists from the whole tour.

The tour promises to be a night focused on building and investing in the future of youth in each individual community. With a commitment to encourage, equip and enable young people to take ownership in their voices and celebrate diversity in their lives, the tour continues the EMPIRE theme, starting here on earth, "from now until forever".

"I'm super excited to be traveling the some amazing artists and friends," explains Minor. "The goal of this tour is to encourage us to love one another today because forever begins now. "

Derek Minor has partnered exclusively with GOA for booking and Teresa Davis and The Paradigm Collective for management services.

EMPIRE track listing: 

  1. Intro (2:12)
  2. All Hail The King ft. Deraj & nobigdyl (3:42)
  3. Empire (3:11)
  4. Who You Know (4:14)
  5. Babel (3:05)
  6. Kingdom Come (3:27)
  7. Slow Down ft. Tony Tillman & Tedashii (3:49)
  8. Stranger (4:45)
  9. Last Forever ft. B Cooper & Leah Smith (3:48)
  10. Save Me (3:45)
  11. Babel 2 (1:57)
  12. Fly (3:42)
  13. Oceans (3:35)
  14. Right By My Side ft. Chad Jones & Anthony Evans Jr (3:47)
  15. Party People ft. Social Club (3:58)
  16. Until the End of Time (5:19)

Derek Minor - EMPIRE. In stores and online January 27, 2015. The RMG label is distributed through eOne Entertainment.

FROM NOW UNTIL FOREVER Tour dates (more dates to be confirmed in the coming weeks):
March 19 - SXSW / Austin, TX
March 20 - Houston, TX
March 21 - Dallas, TX
March 22 - San Antonio, TX
March 26 - Charlotte, NC
March 30 - Tampa, FL
April 2 - Tampa, FL
April 3 - Miami, FL
April 4 - Orlando, FL
April 10 - Hartford, IN
April 11 - Galloway, OH
April 16 - Popular Bluff, AR
April 17 - St Louis, MO
April 18 - Cincinnati, OH
April 19 - Spring Arbor, MI
April 22 - Kansas City, KS
April 24 - Lubbock, TX
April 26 - Midland, TX
April 30 - Las Vegas, NV
May 1 - Los Angeles, CA
May 2 - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
May 3 - San Diego, CA



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