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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...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: Gotee Records
  • UPC: 669447287100
  • Catalog Number: 72871

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Here We Go (3:20)
  2. 2 Ooh Aah - tobyMac (3:53)
  3. 3 Runnin (4:05)
  4. 4 Tennessee Bwoys (4:05)
  5. 5 Be Mine - Nirva Dorsaint (4:23)
  6. 6 Ill Coined Phrase (Interlude) (1:08)
  7. 7 Seriously (3:41)
  8. 8 At the Video Shoot (Interlude) (1:29)
  9. 9 Video Girl (3:51)
  10. 10 Believe (3:20)
  11. 11 What Do You Believe? (Interlude) - Antonio Phelon (1:34)
  12. 12 Get It (3:53)
  13. 13 Make Room (3:32)
  14. 14 Keep Movin' (Interlude) (1:02)
  15. 15 Sunny Days - Nirva Dorsaint (3:40)
  16. 16 Lovechild (3:28)
  17. 17 The Art of Translation (Interlude) (5:29)
  18. 18 Here We Go - Nirva Dorsaint (2:59)
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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
John Haynes Digital Editing
Randy LeRoy Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GRITS picks it up

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Your Ordinary Christian Rap

    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!

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    Posted December 15, 2011

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