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Album Review

On their fourth outing, Grammatical Revolution in the Spirit not only comes up with the best Christian hip-hop album ever, but the Nashville duo delivers a Dirty South tour de force that only OutKast has matched. The difference between the two groups is that Coffee (Stacy Jones) and Bonafide (Teron Carter) ignore their Atlanta brethren's exotic P-Funk fancies (both lyrical and musical) in favor of plainspoken rhymes, driving bounce, and sledgehammer hooks. But that certainly doesn't imply that GRITS lacks innovation, as The Art of Translation has a sense of adventure that hip-hop's mainstream lacks. More importantly, the group's style-hopping is universally successful, seamlessly incorporating Afro-Cuban sizzle ("Here We Go"), metallic guitar ("Seriously"), and even angsty alt-rock ("Believe," featuring labelmate Jennifer Knapp on the hook) into big-bottomed beats with the help of mixer Serban Ghenea, who adds the hit-bound sheen he brought to albums from Jay-Z, N.E.R.D., and Musiq. Yet, great as the album sounds, nothing on it is more remarkable than the sound of two conscious and gifted MCs responding to hip-hop thuggery with marriage and Jesus, instead of a hopeless "reality" or revolutionary tripe. "When GRITS is hot they bubble," they note on "Get It." They're hot here, on the most potent antidote to hip-hop's parade of pathologies in some time.

Customer Reviews


Grits isn't really hip hip/ rap it's really christian rap look at the lyrics to Ohh Ahh.... ...My life be like 
Ooh ahh yea ooh oooh 

It's times like these that make me say 
Lord if you see me please come my way 
Leavin' bread crumbs for when I stray 
Rely on sacrifice and the price you paid The fear of never falling in love 
And the tears after losing the feelings 
Of what you thought love was 
Like the dirt still up under the rug 
Bad characteristics 
Covered in CHRIST'S blood ... Trying to ease my woes 
In this world of sin 
Clothes to thin to fend 
So to god I send 
Words of help to win ... And, I believe in the kingdom coming 
I believe if you seek the truth, 
You don't need to look far cuz' it's gonna find you

Awesome Christian Rap!!!

I gotta admit that I don't enjoy most rap (Christian or non-Christian), but man!...Grits is AWESOME!!! And they're Christian too! I love this cd! Most rap is basically just talking to a beat, but this sort of combines talking with singing and it's so much better! Each song has its own cool beat! They don't all sound the same as a lot of songs on different CDs do. But if you don't really want to buy the whole cd, the best one is "Ooh Ahh" (gee...really? I never noticed by the popularity bar!...But seriously, it is the best and my favorite!) "Here We Go" is also a very close second despite the popularity bar! And next best on my list of "faves" is "Believe". But all the songs are pretty cool and share great messages! Check 'em out! =)

GReat song

ooh ahh is a great song!!!


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Nashville-based Christian rap group Grits (an acronym for "Grammatical Revolution in the Spirit") consists of Teron "Bonafide" Carter and Stacy "Coffee" Jones, who debuted in 1995 with Mental Releases. Factors of Seven followed in 1997 (on the dc Talk-associated...
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