Music Review by Luchae Williams
Hip hop fans will enjoy the latest offering by Christian hip hop duo, Social Club Misfits. The dynamic rap ensemble, made up of rappers Fern and Marty Mar, was formed in 2011, releasing six studio albums to date. Their latest addition, titled Into The Night, features the likes of Chris Batson, Tauren Wells and songbird, Jordin Sparks.
Well-known for their tongue-in-cheek way of sharing the gospel, the duo make bold statements on the album. The first song, Nightmare, for example, welcomes the listener with a bold opening line: “Devils worst nightmare, us.” The song itself has an almost eerie melody line and a rhythmic tempo. The lyric speaks about the Misfits’ mission statement: “the boys are back in town and we go into the night / Fighting for what is right, ’til the end always.” Fern reiterates: “God in the centre is the reason why we’re traveling / Grace got me feeling amazing, I feel extravagant.”
Other big tracks on the album include title track Into The Night, Happy Accident and Clear featuring Foggieraw. All three carry an almost sombre feel, and the duo are not afraid to call other rappers out.
Crooner, Tauren Wells, joins the team on track War Cry. This track, possibly my favourite on the album, is a melodic, orchestral battle cry, that speaks about rising up with “a love that can conquer hatred”. I appreciate how the song points us to the Savior and His love poured out through us.
Another favourite has to be the infectious latin-infused Tuyo. The track features a catchy hook, groovy beat, amazing vocals by American Idols’ Jordin Sparks and Danny Gokey and lyrical content that speaks about finding security in God.
Evan Craft is featured in album closer, Solo. This RnB infused track is also heavily influenced by the duo’s Latino roots and majority of its lyrical content is in Spanish.
Not your typical praise and worship album, Social Club Misfit newbies will enjoy the duo’s fresh take on sharing the Gospel. For those who follow the Christian hip hop scene, this is one to add to your collection.