The Art of Translation

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The Art of Translation
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Studio album by GRITS
Released August 27, 2002
Genre Christian hip hop, alternative hip hop, Southern hip hop
Label Gotee
Producer Incorporated Elements, Ric "DJ Form" Robbins, Otto Price, GRITS, Kene "Ghost" Bell
GRITS chronology
Grammatical Revolution
(1999)Grammatical Revolution1999
The Art of Translation
The Art of Transformation
(2004)The Art of Transformation2004

The Art of Translation was a studio album by Christian hip hop group GRITS. It was released in 2002 on Gotee Records and earned the honor of the Dove Award for "Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year" and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Christianity Today 4.5/5 stars[2]
Cross Rhythms 9/10 squares[3]
HipHopDX 4.5/5 stars[4]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[5]
The Phantom Tollbooth 3.5/5 stars[6]
5/5 stars[7]

Awarding the album four stars at AllMusic, Dan Leroy writes, "They're hot here, on the most potent antidote to hip-hop's parade of pathologies in some time."[1] Deborah Evans Price, reviewing the album for Billboard magazine, states, "Each track reverberates with personality and passion".[8] Writing a review for CMJ New Music Monthly, Jessica Koslow says, "GRITS have crafted a successful formula for mixing the secular and spiritual."[9] Demarco Evans, giving the album four and a half review from HipHopDX, responds, "these southern cats have brought something new to the table--and we ain't talkin' about no catfish and macaroni & cheese."[4]

Tony Cummings, rating the album a nine out of ten for Cross Rhythms, states, "Coffee and Bonafide as usual transcend the stifling formulaic patterns of much low-budget hip-hop and fuse funk, rock and vintage soul music into their mix though this time out there are less of those vibey Coltraine-esque jazz touches which transfixed us in the past."[3] Awarding the album four stars at Jesus Freak Hideout, Kevin Chamberlin writes, "the album is very good."[5] Russ Breimeier, giving the album four and a half stars from Christianity Today, says, "If The Art of Translation doesn't make Christian hip-hop viable, I'm not sure anything will."[2] Indicating in a three and a half star review for The Phantom Tollbooth, Ken Mueller states, "GRITS is at their best when the deliver their message in a more upbeat presentation, but they have just the right mix of semi-hardcore/street sense and pop rhythms to really make a dent in the music scene."[6] Mike Rimmer, signaling in a five star review at The Phantom Tollbooth, writes, "GRITS have the chops to be a Platinum act without compromising their integrity."[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Here We Go" - 3:19
  2. "Ooh Ahh" (featuring TobyMac) - 3:53
  3. "Runnin'" (featuring V3) - 4:05
  4. "Tennessee Bwoys" - 4:05
  5. "Be Mine" (featuring Nirva Dorsaint) - 4:22
  6. "Ill Coined Phrase" (Interlude) - 1:08
  7. "Seriously" - 3:41
  8. "At the video shoot" (Interlude) - 1:28
  9. "Video Girl" (featuring Knowdaverbs) - 3:50
  10. "Believe" (featuring Jennifer Knapp) - 3:19
  11. "What Do You Believe?" (Interlude) - 1:34
  12. "Get It" - 3:52
  13. "Make Room" - 3:31
  14. "Keep Movin'" (Interlude) - 1:02
  15. "Sunny Days" (featuring Nirva Dorsaint) - 3:39
  16. "Lovechild" (featuring Antonio Phelon) - 3:28
  17. "The Art of Translation" (Interlude) - 2:57


  1. ^ a b Leroy, Dan. "The Art of Translation - Grits". AllMusic. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Breimeier, Russ (August 1, 2002). "The Art of Translation". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Cummings, Tony (May 1, 2003). "Review: The Art Of Translation - Grits". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b HipHopDX (September 27, 2002). "Grits - The Art of Translation". HipHopDX. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Chamberlin, Kevin (December 2, 2002). "Grits, "The Art of Translation" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Mueller, Ken (September 9, 2002). "Grits – The Art of Translation (Mueller)". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Rimmer, Mike (September 14, 2002). "Grits – The Art of Translation (Rimmer)". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (October 12, 2002). Michael, Paoletta, ed. "Reviews & Previews: R&B/Hip-Hop: Grits - The Art of Translation" (Print). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 114 (41): 20. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ Koslow, Jessica (September 2002). "Reviews: Grits - The Art of Translation" (Print). CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network (105): 52. ISSN 1074-6978. Retrieved July 1, 2012.