Grits - Redemption

Published Monday 2nd April 2007
Grits - Redemption
Grits - Redemption

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20889-12332
LABEL: Gotee GTD65929
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2006-12-08
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Steve Hayes

In a commercial hip-hop era where dirty-south sounds have come to predominate, it is so refreshing to have Grits faithfully creating and shaping real, outstanding spiritual hip-hop music. In this album, Grits cover a lot of hip-hop territory in what feels like their most rounded album yet. We start with a deep sub bass southern party track, as Grits spit smooth, tight rhymes as they point that they are blessed and changed. They also lace smooth and catchy vocal hook-laden tracks, such as "Holla @ Ya" with its clean break and sound, and "You Said" (the broken promise of a couple "always being together") featuring the outstanding Pigeon John and BTwice, with a cruising beat and tune. In tracks like "Heyyy" we have a downtempo crunk contemporary sound. This contrasts with the thought provoking "Soul Cry" talking about how so many souls are crying out "help me" - Grits commenting they cannot standby and do nothing. "Ambition" has a more regular hip-hop beat (as has "Memories"), over which Grits bring some great lines together, with Canibus bringing an aggressive flow in contrast to the laid back beat. "Open Bar" is a more lively, standout track featuring a rasping synth sound, mixing up a dirty south and west coast vibe. "Right Back", the end track, has a piano-riff (almost '80s-sounding track!) with a tight vocal hook from Brittany Waddell and more smooth flows from Bonafide and Coffee. Nice ending to a great album.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. We Workin [Listen]
2. Holla @ Ya [Listen]
3. Heyyy [Listen]
4. Tight Wit These [Listen]
5. Soul Cry [Listen]
6. Ambitions [Listen]
7. You Said [Listen]
8. We Ride [Listen]
9. Memories [Listen]
10. Open Bar [Listen]
11. Right Back [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by jenifer in India @ 15:45 on Mar 8 2007

good song i like it



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