Listen to the new album from McKinneyDawson!
Listen to the new album from McKinneyDawson!

JFH Staff Review




Grits
Redemption



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 13 Tracks: 46 minutes and 4 seconds
Street Date: November 21, 2006


After 10+ years with Gotee Records, releasing six full length records, a mildly successful remix album, and a greatest hits record, two-man rap group Grits is poised to release their latest venture, Redemption. After the dual Dichotomy albums, I fully expected Grits to step into some new territory with this next installment, however, what I found with Redemption surprised me.

From its first listen, it seems that Grits has spent a lot more time on making the beats and music sound better with each album. There's a lot of sound effects, along with the classic beats that make the music flow. However, it seems the group has taken too much time on the music aspect, and lost some of the blunt rap lyricism they once had. For example, "Holla @ Ya" has a great sound to it, but the lyrics lack the same substance Grits has come to be known for, and it takes a few listens at times to understand that the song is about a woman who knows better than to go with someone who isn't good for her. Other songs like "Heyyy," which has no real point to it other than being a party track, and "Soul Cry," which has a great message, is ruined by the song's end where the music's volume drowns out the lyrics.

The album has its highlights, too. Songs like the album opener "We Workin'" and the beat-driven "Open Bar," which includes Pigeon John (although the meaning of the song isn't very evident, and could easily be taken the wrong way), are among the standout tracks. Another highlight is "We Ride," which showcases Coffee's true talents as a rapper, and "Right Back," which almost has an early 90's feel to it.

Overall, this is a mediocre release from the rap pioneers of Gotee Records. It seems Grits is going for a more mainstream flavor, and in the process they are losing the southern rap style they have become known for over the past decade. If you liked the Dichotomy releases, you might be disappointed with Redemption.

- Review date: 11/16/06, written by Justin Mabee

 

CD

Buy This CD Online


. Artist Info: Discography
. Record Label: Gotee Records
. Album length: 11 Tracks: 46 minutes and 4 seconds
. Street Date: November 21, 2006
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. We Workin'
  2. Holla @ Ya
  3. Heyyy
  4. Tight Wit These
  5. Soul Cry
  6. Ambitions
  7. You Said
  8. We Ride
  9. Memories
  10. Open Bar
  11. Right Back
spacer Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 


(JFH Sponsor Spot)

 

 

           
Listen to the new single from MercyMe!

Search JFH



This Wednesday, November 13
Wande No Limits - Single [Reach]


This Thursday, November 14
Future of Forestry Light Has Come (independent)


This Friday, November 15
David & Nicole Binion Dwell Christmas [Integrity Music]
Jason Gray Remind Me You're Here - Single [Centricity]
Donnie McClurkin A Different Song [CamDon Music/RCA Inspiration]


Next Friday, November 22
Mark Bishop Beautiful Day [Crossroads]
CTZN Worship Welcome Home [Dream Worship]
Jay Stone Singers Timeless [Crossroads]
Jars of Clay / SHEL A Family Christmas - EP [Gray Matters]
The McCrary Sisters A Very McCrary Christmas [Universal]
Slick Shoes Broadcasting Live [Tooth & Nail]
Mark Tedder We Call You Jesus - Single [7Core Music]
3 Heath Brothers Who We Are [Crossroads/Horizon]
What We Do In Secret Repose [Facedown]


For all release dates, click here!
 



Listen to the new single from Teressa Mahoney!




Listen to the new album from David's Tent!