Capitol Christian Music hip hop group Social Club Misfits continue reaching the unreached with the hope of the gospel with their latest EP MOOD.
South Florida natives Marty and Fern, are known for their witty approach to sharing their faith through music. The duo is not afraid to cross over into multiple genres and push boundaries. Their last release, The Misadventures of Fern and Marty (2017) reached NO. 4 on the Billboard Rap Charts. The new EP MOOD. is hoping to follow in its footsteps.
Below is an edited transcript between Social Club Misfits and The Christian Post where they share the heart behind their new music and why they continue to minister to those that have not had the conventional Christian journey.
Christian Post: What is the story behind the title of your new album release, MOOD.?
Marty: MOOD. is like a two-part series, the last part is coming at the end of the year. So basically, it’s about the season of life that you’re in. We feel like everyone has these three seasons, you have this mountaintop, you have this valley experience, and then you have this in between where things are transitioning, this gray area. So the first mood is about that mountaintop experience where things are going right, and God is working.
We wrote this project right after we won the Dove Award and we felt like everything was just working out for us, and the other half is after the Dove Awards, right after we won when nothing worked out. So the idea behind this is, “Is God still good in the mountain, is He still good in the valley? Is He always good? Do we trust Him in every season of our life, in every mood? Do we trust God with every part of our life?”
CP: The last song on the album, “Our God Came to Us,” is really moving. It’s hard sometimes for people to keep positive when you feel depressed, talk to us about that whole idea that God comes to us to get us out of those ruts?
Fern: You know me, my story, I came from prison, that’s all I had, God came to me, you know what I’m saying? I used to go to church all the time. I come from church, my dad’s a pastor, and things of that nature. Thank God that I was instilled that in my early age, but if it wasn’t for God, coming to me, and finding me, where I was in my rut, in the darkest times of my life. I remember falling down weeping in the little chain gang church, I was there at the little altar. I just fell down and I was weeping for about an hour and a half … And I remember from that day on, He promised, I always knew that He would never let me go, I always knew that in my heart but I wanted to do my own thing, but when I really came to the situation that I was at my wit’s end, and I had nowhere else to go, my back was against the wall and literally, God came to me and God showed Himself to me.
Look at the interview we’re doing right now, we’re touring all over the country, me and my brother, everything I ever dreamed of, we’re doing it and we’re doing it for God. That was the beauty of it, that when I gave it all to Him, and I told Him that He could have my life, He gave me everything I wanted anyway, it was better than I ever dreamed it would it be.
CP: You appeal to the misfits, the rejected, those that may not feel comfortable with conventional Christianity. Why do you think that is so and is it part of your mission?
Marty: I think it’s our story. I want people to look at our music and see it from the beginning to the end, and see the journey of God through our music, instead of us being like, “Hey, this is what you need to do.” It’s more of like, “Hey, it worked for us and God really intervened and if He could do it for us, He could do it for you.” It’s like the Bible says, “We overcame by the blood of the Lamb of the word of our testimony,” we believe in the word of our testimony, and how powerful it can be.
We are two different men with two different testimonies. I was hurt by the church but I came back because I had people who loved on me. Fern left the church went to prison, and then came back to church. We have these two stories that, I guess, connect to a lot of people who feel like they have been misfits growing up in their church, or maybe in their school, or maybe in the job, or they just felt different. I feel like our music just connects to those people who don’t have it together but will say, “I don’t have together but I’m still deeply loved by a savior.” I feel like that connects us all together.
One thing we always want to do too, is we want to make music that could have more of a commercial appeal. So we have songs that you wouldn’t normally hear a hip hop artist doing especially in Christian rap. We do it on purpose, it’s intentional because we love to worship with people, we’re worshipers and for us, we feel like the new generation that worship through hip hop music.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law