Bird City, welcome back and pleased to have you as usual! The dog days of summer are here, and I’m back supplying heat as well. This week we brought something a little different from the tracks generally showcased on the 3MMR. The selection this week is from a faith based, hip-hop group from Tempe, Artificial Christian (AC) and their upbeat wavy anthem, Tempestuous Symphony .
This group is flat out dope. Artifical Christian, is comprised of its four members who recently made the Rapzilla 2018 Freshman Class. The incredibly artistic crew contains Warren Christian (Rapper, NY), Weez the Satellite Kiid (Rapper, TX), P.S. Edekot (Rapper, AZ), Mendoza (engineer, NM).
Listening to this song, I was pleasantly surprised at the message, style, and wordplay the group expresses. Every artist has their own individual and distinct style that lends something beautiful to the track. The beat is somewhat plain, but up-tempo, leaving him lots of room for the group to expand lyrically. The slickest thing about AC is that while the faith references are there, they don’t beat you over the head with them. A welcome change from traditional underground or emerging Christian Hip-Hop.
Lyrically, these fellas don’t play any games. Rapping about day to day struggles and adversities they face, the crew delivers rapid fire, tongue twisting, and witty lines like “I’m not Kendrick Lamar/ and I’m really not Hollywood Cole/ but I really hate the fact that giving facts on wax and the fact they ask/ you really trying to match that gas/”. Later in the second verse we get some reality raps, “And they don’t see the road/ the work we putting in turn the studio to Home Depot/ and, “my homie still gotta drive through car repos/ biggest enemy has been our egos/”. AC’s best component is easily their wordplay.
From a sound perspective this track sounds great. Each artist has a laid back, but energetic tone with well enunciated bars. The adlibs on the hook provide a crowd like energy, and outside of the last verse, offering some energetic adlibs to accentuate the message, the song is free of background noise and autotune. The third verse seems a bit unnecessary but changed up the rapid fire style of the song so it worked. For the common listener this song could be considered a bit bland and not as “lit” as typical hip-hop song about drugs and women, but for fans of lyricism and a good message, this is right up your alley.
Artificial Christian is going to snag a 9 out of 10 this week for their nimble wordplay and excellent message. Thanks for checking out the review this week. I’ll check in next week with more rising Arizona talent. See you next week! Peace and love, your boy, Bo!