Derek Minor and nobigdyl recently carpooled to an interview with WXPN, a partner of NPR Music. As soon as the two Nashville-based rappers were seated side by side, they entered into a mutually supportive dialogue that reflected their peer-like dynamic. Fleeting glimpses of the playful deference the twenty-something nobigdyl (born Dylan Phillips) shows to Minor who is nearly a decade older.
Both men attended Middle Tennessee State University and crossed paths several years ago when Minor returned to campus as a guest speaker and Phillips was a student there. Minor later brought Phillips on as his road manager but fired him after hearing the bars that Phillips churned out in his free time. Minor recalls telling him, “Go thrive, man. Go be what you wanna be.”
Minor and Phillips are each fleshing out their own compelling visions for what it can look like to do culturally attuned, faith-based but not factional work in that shifting space. Check out the full article and the transcript of the original interview with Derek Minor and nobigdyl on NPR here.