365. The Art of Translation – GRITS

THE ART OF TRANSLATION (2002)

GRITS

This duo from Nashville has remained one of the most consistent and successful rap artists in Christian Music. This album won a Dove Award and was nominated for a Grammy. It also raised the bar for Christian rap for production, quality and sales. It also remains one of the most accessible Christian rap albums for the rap uninitiated.

“Here We Go” was a huge success both on radio programs and video shows. At the same time MTV embraced the song “Ooh Aah” as it was used during their popular “My Super Sweet Sixteen” show as well as the show “My Buried Life.” The same song has also appeared on several blockbuster movie soundtracks. Tennessee Bwoys was used on the show “Pimp My Ride.”

Even those who are not huge fans have become fans of GRITS because of their more Southern style pop-rap that is influenced by heavy melodies and pop choruses with big hooks. “Be Mine” even is backed by acoustic instrumentation as its lyric reflect a Godly and pure relation where the gift given to the other person is ones purity. Then “Seriously” integrates more rock then pop with heavier guitars than on most straight rap albums.

Many rap albums are noted for their guest appearances and this album is filled. TobyMac, Knowdaverbs and even Jennifer Knapp make appearances. The latter, normally our of place on a rap project, sounds great here with her rough edged vocals carrying the choruses.

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  1. Greenchili
    June 8, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I have to admit the Jennifer Knapp guest appearance actually works on this album.. 🙂

  2. July 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Whereas I once was one of Jennifer’s biggest supporters, I have since ceased listening to anything she’s put her voice to, including this project. That didn’t just happen on April 14th, 2010 when MS Knapp “came out”, but rather years earlier when I learned of WHY she disappeared from the scene from one of those who was actually involved in the confrontation that led to her vanishing.

    Knapp may THINK she speaks for Jesus, sadly she bows to an idol she has named “Jesus” which thus speaks to a false gospel. Because of this, she adds nothing to a conversation about the one true God and His son.

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