I love hip hop and rap music and I love GRITS (Grammatical Revolution In The Spirit) , they are gospel hip hop and rap band made of: Stacey “Coffee” Jones and Teron “Bonafide” Carter and they are my all time favourite Gospel hip hop and rap artists of (Triplee and LeCrae in second place).
The art of translation was released in 2002 (yes, I love old school music) and it is amazing. It has an old school sound to it and the different beats used are pretty cool (you can bob your head to it while wearing that “Am so cool, I can’t even!! Face”).
One of the most popular tracks off album is “Ohh Ahh” featuring Toby Mac and am sure most of you have heard it before. Who can forget that epic scene in the Fast and Furious 3 – Tokyo Drift when Twinkie (played Bow Wow) shows his new friend Sean Boswell (played by Lucas Black) , his little green car with the Hulk foot at the back in that “garage” that could “rotate ”. There wasn’t a more perfect song for that moment.
Art of Translation is a story of the journey for these two gentlemen. The album covers everything from meeting the love of one’s life (Be mine) to mistakes that we make, to their journey with God (Ohh Ahh, Love Child) and a few personal experiences in Salvation (Get it, Sunny Days) and finally a shout out to where they were born (Tennessee bwoys).
There are also a couple of Interludes featured including: III Coined Phrase (this one was really nice), At the video shoot, What do you believe?, Keep Moving’ and the Art of Translation.
I love how versatile this album is because even though one is not particularly into hip hop and rap, they can still enjoy a few tracks.
Am reviewing this album because it’s my favourite GRITS album of all time, which makes it one of my favourite gospel hip hop and rap albums ever. There are songs on this album that I would choose over more recent music and I consider them hip hop and rap classics. I highly recommend GRITS music (well, if you’re into an old school hip hop sound), they’re amazing and there’s always a message in their music. It’s more than the beat and the sound but the change they bring to someone through the words.
They have other albums as well including: Factors of Seven, Grammatical Revolution, Redemption, Quarantine , among others.
My favourite tracks off this album are Be Mine (obviously) featuring Nirva Dorsaint, Ohh Ahh featuring Toby Mac, Love Child featuring Antonio Phelon, Get it, Here we go.
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