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Coffee (left) and Bonafide
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Christian hip hop,[1] Alternative hip hop,[2] Southern hip hop[2]
Years active 1995–present
Labels Revolution Art, Gotee, 5e, EMI
Associated acts DC Talk,[3] tobyMac[4]
Members Stacy "Coffee" Jones
Teron "Bonafide" Carter

GRITS, also known as G.R.I.T.S., is a Christian hip hop group from Nashville, Tennessee. Their name is an acronym, which stands for "Grammatical Revolution In The Spirit." GRITS is made up of Stacey "Coffee" Jones and Teron "Bonafide" Carter,[5] both of whom were DC Talk dancers.[6]

Their song "Ooh Ahh" has appeared on the MTV show My Super Sweet 16. It is also used as the theme song of The Buried Life and on the soundtracks to The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Big Momma's House 2. Their song "Tennessee Bwoys" was used on the popular television show Pimp My Ride. GRITS were also recently involved in !Hero The Rock Opera. GRITS recorded a remix of professional wrestler A.J. Styles' entrance music and performed it on the May 28, 2009, episode of TNA Impact!.[7]


The Christian hip hop duo began in 1995, with Teron David "Bonafide" Carter,[8] (born January 17,[9] 1971)[10] and Stacy Bernhard "Coffee" Jones,[11] (born September 8,[12] 1972),[13] forming the group together in Nashville, Tennessee.[1] GRITS is an acronym with a meaning of "Grammatical Revolution in the Spirit".[1][2] They both credited the inspiration for their rapping to hearing DC Talk, when the two first encountered each other in 1990.[3] This is the reason the duo signed with Gotee Records, a label founded by former DC Talk member, tobyMac, where they were one of his first signees.[4] They are also considered to be one of the pioneering groups in the Christian hip hop movement, while they eventually started their own record label, Revolution Art, in 2007, where it was first known as 5E Entertainment.[14][15][16] They explained it was like graduating from school by leaving Gotee Records, and founding their own label.[16]


Mainly, their style is alternative hip hop and Southern rap, while several of their songs have pop influences, thus an occasional pop-rap sound, and their song "We Don't Play" has a Jamaican influence complete with steel drums. They were one of the first acts signed to Gotee Records,[6] and have released seven albums with Gotee, with an eighth one released by Gotee and AudioGoat. In 2014, Gotee Records announced that the GRITS song "Ooh Ahh" was RIAA Digital Gold Certified, having surpassed 500,000 downloads.[17] They have appeared at Cornerstone Festival and Rock the Universe. In addition their song "Bobbin Bouncin'" was added to the track list in the video-game Project Gotham Racing 4.


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions[18]
Mental Releases
Factors of the Seven
Grammatical Revolution 39
The Art of Translation 16[19]
Dichotomy A 12 14
Dichotomy B 24 38
7 (Seven) 49 17
Redemption 13
Reiterate 16
Quarantine 37


Album information
Ooh Ahh EP
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Gotee
  • single: four versions of one song
Heeyy EP
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Gotee
  • Three tracks: two remixes and one preview

Remix albums[edit]

Album information
The Art of Transformation
  • Released: January 1, 2004
  • Label: Gotee/AudioGoat


As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US[20] US Christian US Heat
1995 "Set Ya Mind At Ease" Mental Releases
1998 "What Be Goin' Down" Factors of the Seven
"Alcoholic Plagiarism"
"Hopes & Dreams"
(featuring Joy Danille Kimmey and Knowdaverbs)
1999 "They All Fall Down" Grammatical Revolution
2002 "Here We Go" The Art of Translation
"Ooh Ahh"
(featuring TobyMac)
2004 "Hittin' Curves" Dichotomy A
2004 "We Don't Play"
(featuring Manchild)
Dichotomy B
2006 "If I..." GRITS 7
2006 "We Workin" Redemption
(featuring Canibus)
"You Said"
(featuring Pigeon John and Btwice)
"Open Bar"
(featuring Pigeon John)
2008 "Fly Away"
(featuring Mac Powell)
"Beautiful Morning"
(featuring Pigeon John)
"Say Goodbye"
(featuring TobyMac and Jade)
2010 "Different Drum"
(featuring Verbs)

Other songs[edit]


  • The Art of Translation (Single) (2002)
  • They All Fall Down (Redneck Remix) (Single) (2002)
  • They Al Fall Down (Ruff Nation Remix) (Single) (2002)
  • Ima Showem (Single) (1999)
  • Instrumentals 1 (1999)
  • Instrumentals 2 (1999)
  • Instrumentals 3 (1999)
  • They All Fall Down (Original) (Single) (1999)
  • Factors of the Seven (song) (1997)

Guest Artists[edit]

  • Manchild - "We Don't Play"
  • Jennifer Knapp- "Believe" (Dove Award winning Rap/Hip Hop song of the year)
  • TobyMac- "Ooh Ahh"; "Say Goodbye"; "Don't Bring Me Down"; "Hey Now"
  • Stefan the Scientist- "Hittin Curves"
  • Pettidee- "I Be"
  • Jason Eskridge- "I Try"
  • Antonio Phelon- "Love Child"
  • Lisa Kimmey- "It Takes Love"; "Shawty"; "Time To Pray"
  • Iz- "Jay Mumbles Mega Mix" "Dusk Till Dawn"
  • Pigeon John - "Open Bar"; "You Said"; "Beautiful Morning"
  • Canibus - "Ambitions"
  • KJ52 - "Integrity"
  • Mac Powell - "Fly Away"
  • Michael Tait - "Fly Away (Remix)"
  • Verbs - "U.S. Open"; "Hopes and Dreams"; "Gospel Rap; Parables"; "Strugglin'"; "C2K"; "Video Girl"; "Different Drum"
  • Dan Haseltine - "Sky May Fall"
  • Jade Harrell-"Turn it Up"; "Say Goodbye"; "Neverland"
  • Brittany Waddell (Better known as Britt Nicole) "Rainy Days" "Soul Cry" "Right Back" "Dusk Till Dawn"


GMA Dove Awards[edit]

They have received several Gospel Music Association Dove Awards throughout their career. Their first award was for a song about plagiarism ("Plagiarism" from their album Factors of the Seven). For this, they received the best "Rap/Hip Hop Song" award.[21][22] The next year they took the same award for "They All Fall Down", from Grammatical Revolution.[23] In 2003 The Art Of Translation won the award for "Rap/Hip Hop Album",[24] and the following year their song "Believe" from the same album took "Rap/Hip Hop Song". They also shared in the "Special Event Album" that year, for their contribution to !Hero The Rock Opera.[25]

Year Award Result
2005 Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year ("Hittin' Curves") Won
2006 Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year ("We Don't Play") Nominated
Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year (Dichotomy B) Nominated
2008 Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year ("Open Bar") Nominated
Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year (Redemption) Nominated
2009 Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year ("Beautiful Morning") Nominated
Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year (Reiterate) Nominated
2010 Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year (Reiterate) Nominated

Other Awards[edit]

They were nominated for Rap/Hip Hop Performer of the Year at the 2009 Visionary Awards Show (held at the First Baptist Church in Frisco, Texas). However, instead, the award went to the Christian rap duo "Word of Mouth"[26]


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  16. ^ a b Black, Beau (October 1, 2007). "Graduation Speech" (PDF). CCM Magazine. pp. 30–1. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
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