Capitol Christian Music Group
Release Date: April 5th 2019
Reviewed by Joshua Andre
Social Club Misfits– MOOD. – EP (Amazon mp3/iTunes)
- Que lo Que
- Chinatown Freestyle
- So Our God Came To Us
If I had to pick one artist that has had a big year over the year of 2018, in terms of their career, it’d have to be Social Club Misfits. A rap/hip-hop duo comprised of best friends Fern and Marty, these two rappers have a big heart for Jesus, and were signed to Capitol Christian Music Group around about three years ago. The Misadventures Of Fern And Marty was the duo’s label debut; and released in 2017 to moderate success; yet it was only this past year in 2018 that Into The Night propelled them to greater heights and to stardom. And while I myself haven’t been that much of an avid listener of any rap artist in general, Social Club Misfits have changed my outlook on this genre, along with artists like PEABOD, Lecrae, Group 1 Crew, KB and Andy Mineo. It’s hard not to love Fern and Marty’s music after hearing both give powerful testimonies (in separate videos!)- and I’m sure when you guys watch these videos too; you’ll be blessed! While we as a site unfortunately never reviewed Into The Night; the duo have quickly unveiled their fresh, reinvigorating and extremely poppy EP MOOD. this past month. From the head banger “Everytime” to the introspective “So Our God Came To Us”, this 5-track too-short release ticks all the right boxes technically… so let’s dive in to see whether there is some lyrical meat on these offerings, shall we?
Driven by electronics and remix effects, Fern and Marty waste no time straight up in delivering one of the most vulnerable songs of the year in “Everytime”, as they highlight their childhood, music success and their steadfast Christian faith. As both rappers reiterate that their continued fame and fortune is due to God’s providence, and that He always comes through every time, this testimony-type melody is certain to be on the lips and many who listen- and hopefully it is this song that will propel these guys to greater heights than ever before. “Everytime” is intense, but intense in an insanely good way! As the duo trade beats and lines back and forth expertly and go deep in their feelings and emotions as well, we are blessed to hear such a vulnerable track that basically channels their true and authentic selves into this passionate 3-minute duration- and what we hear is epic gold!
The rest of the EP is just as hard hitting and poignant as the first. “Que Lo Que” celebrates the duo’s Spanish heritage, and is a part Spanish infused pop/rap tune that basically speaks about the duo’s gratitude for everything that has happened in their life because of God; while the underwhelming “Up” is only slightly jarring and distracting in terms of repetitive music, but still nonetheless hopeful and encouraging that these guys can have incredible testimonies of God saving them. “Chinatown Freestyle” take a lot of time getting used to, with both Fern and Marty rapping about a myriad of topics- topics in their heads, even if they’re not thematically similar to each other. While “Chinatown” is the one song that I didn’t feel comfortable with in that state, but I do see how the group can improve upon this effort; the final song on this all too brief project “So Our God Came To Us” is the EP highlight in my opinion, as Fern and Marty both go reflective and deep, the most hopeful and encouraging I reckon the duo have even done.
MOOD. from Social Club Misfits is definitely something special. It’s an EP that musically is quite diverse but still like SCM- and it’s these songs, specifically “So Our God Came To Us” and “Everytime” that will be on the ears and lips of listeners for a while yet- and it helps too that Fern and Marty aren’t forgetting their Christian faith and are letting us know that Jesus is still the centre of their lives. I’m not sure what the sound will be like from Social Club Misfits’ upcoming third full length album (which they have said countless times is coming soon!), yet I am intrigued, and that is in part thanks to MOOD. So, what are you waiting for? Social Club Misfits are going to take off in ways you could maybe never imagine, so I suggest you jump on the bandwagon right now and be amazed!
3 songs to listen to: Everytime, Que Lo Que, So Our God Came To Us
RIYL: TobyMac, Lecrae, KB, Mat Kearney, Kirk Franklin, Stars Go Dim