#Salute Derek Minor Pens ‘Free’ After Alton Sterling’s Police-Related Death

Derek Minor
Derek Minor responds to police brutality on "Free."

Reflection Music Group rapper Derek Minor addresses the ongoing incidences of police killing Black men in his song “Free” released Wednesday on his Twitter page.

Minor says he wrote and recorded the song the night prior and mentioned Alton Sterling in a hashtag.

According to NBC, Sterling was fatally shot Tuesday after police responded to a call claiming that Sterling was “acting threatening with a gun” in front of a Triple S Food Mart.

On the song, Minor conveys his frustrations about another Black male being killed, rapping, “This is so exhausting, Lord we tired.”


Minor’s compassionate response addresses several issues. He raps, “I know it’s good cops, word to officer Fitzgerald at my church / But tell me why the bad cops never get to see the justice system work.”

As the title implies, the song makes a correlation to slavery. In the closing lyric he asks, “If we supposed to be free, why it feel like chains hanging on me.”

He repeats the line eight times.

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