Ill Coined Phrase
Grits Lyrics


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Do you understand the ill-coined phrase "gospel rap"?
Do you understand the ill-coined phrase "gospel rap"?
Do you understand the ill-coined phrase "gospel rap"?
Lesson learned through my depiction, infliction of contradiction,
Do you understand the ill-coined phrase "gospel rap"?
We got our mandate to translate for Christ's sake,
Do you understand the ill-coined phrase "gospel rap"?
My elevation's revelation, I'm trained to influence nations,
Do you understand the ill-coined phrase "gospel rap"?
We're teaching unteachables, reaching the unreachable,
Do you understand the ill-coined phrase "gospel rap"?
Knowing all that I've achieved, showing my faith and how I believe,
Do you understand the ill-coined phrase "gospel rap"?
To shoo vultures, change cultures and feel altered,
Do you understand the ill-coined phrase "gospel rap"?




Do you understand the ill-coined phrase "gospel rap"?
Do you understand the ill-coined phrase "gospel rap"?

Overall Meaning

The song "Ill Coined Phrase" by Grits addresses the label "gospel rap" and challenges its validity. The repeated question "Do you understand the ill-coined phrase 'gospel rap'?" suggests a frustration with the label and a desire for others to question its meaning. The artist asserts that their music is about translating the message of Christ and has a mandate to do so. They also claim to be able to influence nations through their music and reach those deemed "unteachable" and "unreachable."


The lyrics suggest that the purpose of their music is to challenge and change cultures, to feel altered and shoo away the negative influences represented by vultures. The repetition of the question and the assertion of their music's purpose demonstrates an urgency and importance to the message they are trying to convey.


Overall, the song is a statement of purpose for the band and an assertion of the importance of their music in conveying the message of Christ. It raises questions about the labels put on music and the necessity of breaking free from them in order to convey a more meaningful message.


Line by Line Meaning

Do you understand the ill-coined phrase "gospel rap"?
The singer is questioning the listener's understanding of the term "gospel rap", which they believe is improperly defined or misunderstood.


Lesson learned through my depiction, infliction of contradiction,
The singer has learned through their experiences, including the use of contradicting elements, in how to communicate their message effectively.


We got our mandate to translate for Christ's sake,
The singer believes they have a duty to spread the Christian message through their music.


My elevation's revelation, I'm trained to influence nations,
The artist has had a revelation that has given them the ability and responsibility to influence people and nations through their music.


We're teaching unteachables, reaching the unreachable,
The artist and their fellow musicians are attempting to educate and reach those who are typically difficult to reach or refuse to listen.


Knowing all that I've achieved, showing my faith and how I believe,
The singer is proud of their accomplishments and uses them as a reflection of their faith and beliefs.


To shoo vultures, change cultures and feel altered,
The singer hopes to rid the industry of those who prey on and exploit others, change societal norms, and feel a sense of personal growth and change through their music.


Do you understand the ill-coined phrase "gospel rap"?
The artist repeats their initial question, reinforcing their belief that the term is not properly defined or understood.




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