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May 5, 2011 8:53 AM   Subscribe

Rap disaster! Earnest boy attempts dc Talk's "Nu Thang." The band Capital Cities offers a redemptive remix. (Download.)
posted by hermitosis (22 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
I though he was starting with "God is a doughnut," and got ready for some serious theological exploration. But, no....
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:07 AM on May 5, 2011 [4 favorites]


Love the top comment on the remix.
posted by ropeladder at 9:09 AM on May 5, 2011


OMG that really is him, you can tell instantly from the profile picture.
posted by hermitosis at 9:17 AM on May 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Redemption= autotune. I had both suspected this, and suspected the opposite of this.

(I thought the kid did fine on his own. It's not like he fell on his face or forgot the words and burst into tears or something)
posted by ShutterBun at 9:17 AM on May 5, 2011


The back story
posted by ShutterBun at 9:25 AM on May 5, 2011 [3 favorites]


So, when you say "BAND"...
posted by humboldt32 at 9:26 AM on May 5, 2011


You see? This is what the world was like before internet!
posted by brenton at 9:31 AM on May 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Everyone in 1992 was exactly this cool. Zubaz, acid-washed denim dress with the lacy appliques, all of it.
posted by shiu mai baby at 9:45 AM on May 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


While the content just made me embarrassed to be a white man, I must mention that "Rap Disaster" is quite possibly the finest blue grass band name I have ever heard.
posted by chairface at 9:51 AM on May 5, 2011 [3 favorites]


What crazy parents told this kid what he was doing was awesome just b/c it was about Jesus?
posted by airing nerdy laundry at 10:03 AM on May 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Heh. DC Talk.

A few years ago at an Atlanta Starbucks, I was waiting in line for, well, coffee. From the corner of my eye, I saw a well-dressed, handsome blond man walk in, carrying a few Burberry shopping bags. (It is Atlanta, after all.)

He looked oddly familiar.

Then he started talking to me - told me that I look very French. Ok, well that's a compliment. From a nice looking man. But why did he look so familiar?

Then it happened. It was a dawning. It was Kevin Smith from DC Talk. I knew it.

Having trouble keeping my mind out of memories of youth group, and even more trouble keeping a straight face, I had a perfectly nice conversation with KEVIN SMITH FROM DC TALK.

I had to actually restrain myself from saying things like, "Dude, I know that you're a Jesus Freak, and it doesn't really matter what people think."

It was probably the most hilariously difficult conversation of my life.
posted by functionequalsform at 10:15 AM on May 5, 2011 [7 favorites]


I must mention that "Rap Disaster" is quite possibly the finest blue grass band name I have ever heard.

Especially if they're doing tuneful, sung fiddle and mandolin arrangements of actual old rap songs.

Picture "Baby Got Back" being performed by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, actually singing the lyrics, with banjo and fiddle solos.

Someone seriously needs to make this happen.
posted by hippybear at 10:21 AM on May 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm really glad that certain phases of my youth predated the internet.

That does not stop me, however, from occasionally lying awake at night thinking about the completely non-sexual and innocent but nonetheless utterly damning contents of a couple of videotapes I hope and pray have been destroyed.
posted by pts at 10:22 AM on May 5, 2011


I might not stop thinking about the phrase "redemptive remix" all day.
posted by gillyflower at 10:39 AM on May 5, 2011


Wasn't DC Talk the real rap disaster? Even as a young, impressionable Christian, I subscribed to the Hank Hill view of Christian rock/rap.
posted by middleclasstool at 10:42 AM on May 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


That made my day, thank you!
posted by cell divide at 11:07 AM on May 5, 2011


Someone seriously needs to make this happen.

I can play spoons or jug, know all the words to Strictly Business, and look authentic in overalls.
posted by penduluum at 11:14 AM on May 5, 2011


I'm really glad that certain phases of my youth predated the internet.

So was he, until last week!
posted by ShutterBun at 11:20 AM on May 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Everyone in 1992 was exactly this cool. Zubaz, acid-washed denim dress with the lacy appliques, all of it.

Er, not to hate, but I think evangelicals and midwesterners each got -5 fashion points back then. I'm very happy to see that the ugly-ass plaid shorts we wore back then have made a comeback so youth of today can look back in twenty years and ask what they were thinking...
posted by Ogre Lawless at 11:45 AM on May 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


DC Talk is one of those bands that my Dad decided to introduce me to in hopes of keeping me forever in the arms of Jesus. My first CDs I got for Christmas were from him. Amy Grant, mostly, some from random artists. I remember very few of those, but one or two I remember kindly.

Still, noting that I never listened to them, he got wise and started buying me other albums I never wanted and never would have requested. Amongst these were Supernatural by DC Talk and Jars of Clay by the same. And though by that time I was well on my way out of Christianity they were catchy enough to listen to and me and my brother did so more than I should probably admit.

Most typically the one that gets stuck in my head is my personal favorite, which also happens to be the one that would be hilarious to turn to a stranger and start singing. I still serenade my brother and my boyfriend occasionally with the chorus: Hey you... I'm into Jesus.

hey you
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 2:36 PM on May 5, 2011


six-or-six-thirty: that first Jars Of Clay album is really good, and oddly enough produced in part by Adrian Belew. (And there's a Junior Vasquez remix of Flood out there if you know how to look for it.)
posted by hippybear at 2:47 PM on May 5, 2011


Thank god I was into Crucified, Believer, Vengeance Rising, Circle of Dust and Argyle Park. Any of you ever went to CStone? Especially 95/96?
posted by symbioid at 4:30 PM on May 5, 2011


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