Kids Watch Father Enslaved in Derek Minor’s ‘Free’ Video

Derek Minor, "Free" Video
Derek Minor, "Free" Video

Derek Minor, you win.

A couple weeks ago, Reflection Music Group emcee Derek Minor dropped “Free,” a thought-provoking response to the police-killing of Alton Sterling. In the chorus he asks, “If we supposed to free / Why I feel like chains hanging on me?”

The lyrics were descriptive enough to help listeners create visuals in their minds, and today, Derek brings the song to life with a powerful music video:

Shot in the woods, the clip tells the story of a father suffering, chained to trees, as his helpless children watch in horror. As the camera view widens, it becomes apparent that the rest of the world is oblivious to his anguish and continues to live unaffected.

While Derek states in a blog post on his site that he does not have a solution for the continued problems between Black males and police, he argues that ignoring the problem is not helping.

“Silence only affirms a false sense of everything being ok, simply because those that are hurt aren’t being heard,” he writes.

In the blog, he also explains writing “Free” immediately after learning of Sterling’s death. “My heart sank,” Derek recalls. “I told my wife that I needed to go to the studio. She knows that’s my safe place. I just intended on messing around on the keyboard but 3 hours later, the song ‘FREE’ was mastered and on Soundcloud.”


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