Art of Translation

The Art of Translation

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by Grits
     
 
Hip-hop duo Grits aim their message at a market often overlooked by the Christian music industry. With melodious rhymes and a multifaceted musical approach, Grits produce music that is both refreshing and spiritually challenging. Mesmerizing lyric chants backed by Latin rhythms (as on the opening track, "Here We Go"), pop gloss (as on "Keep Movin' "), and

Overview

Hip-hop duo Grits aim their message at a market often overlooked by the Christian music industry. With melodious rhymes and a multifaceted musical approach, Grits produce music that is both refreshing and spiritually challenging. Mesmerizing lyric chants backed by Latin rhythms (as on the opening track, "Here We Go"), pop gloss (as on "Keep Movin' "), and even the occasional operatic flourish give this project an unusual polish and sophistication. Grits like to preach self-esteem and integrity as much as belief in the gospel, and Art of Translation offers both: "Video Girl" is a powerful work that tackles such hot-button issues as sexual exploitation in the entertainment industry. Unspoken but implied is the sentiment that it's nearly impossible for a Christian to emerge from this seedy world unscathed. Segue from that heady statement to the lilting and beautiful "Believe," a challenge that asks listeners to examine their beliefs, featuring the haunting vocals of label mate Jennifer Knapp. Grits are the rare Christian artists that have an authentic mission and the talent to spread that message out into the world.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dan LeRoy
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2002
Label:
Gotee Records
UPC:
0669447287100
catalogNumber:
72871

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grits   Primary Artist
John Mark Painter   Flute,Piano,Strings,Trumpet,Horn,Theremin
Otto Price   Bass,Guitar
Knowdaverbs   Background Vocals
Jason Eskridge   Background Vocals
Trish Price   Piano
Nirva Dorsaint   Background Vocals
Uncle Phil   Background Vocals
Kene "Ghost" Bell   Guitar
Marissa Barkey   Violin
Joel Evrist   Percussion
Shawn Lock   Background Vocals
Sleepy Hollow Boys Choir   Choir, Chorus
Latoya Vinson   Background Vocals
Sasha Vinson   Background Vocals
Shelly Vinson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Toby McKeehan   Executive Producer
John Mark Painter   Contributor
Serban Ghenea   Producer
Otto Price   Producer,Engineer
Grits   Producer
DJ Maj   Cut
Teron Carter   Composer,Programming,Producer
Joey Elwood   Executive Producer
Incorporated Elements   Producer
DJ Form   Cut
Aaron Marrs   Creative Design
Kene "Ghost" Bell   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Stacy Jones   Composer

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The Art of Translation 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unbelieveable! I am NOT a Rap Music fan, but when I heard that my friend liked Rap, I was willing to give him some decent, wholesome Rap--there's so much trash rap out there...I didn't know Grits was this good! If you are sceptical of Rap in general, or you're sick and tired of Trash Rap, Grits is definitely an awesome alternative!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Art of Translation is good, but not great. The two really standout tracks are Here We Go and Ooh Aah. However, if you are a GRITS fan, then this will make a worthwile addition to your collection. Incidentally, a cut from Ooh Aah makes it onto tobyMac's album, Welcome to Diverse City.