Rapper Alex Faith sang the song titled “M for Murder”. This piece featured two additional rappers, Dre Murray, someone I was extremely familiar with, and Martymar, someone I’ve never heard of. This new rapper had the opening verse of the song… he delivered. However, it was weird; he was weird. He talked about things that felt weird, but it even felt weirdly different too.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the verse, as well as the rest of the song. I enjoyed it so much I downloaded Alex Faith’s free album Honest 2 God.
It was spectacular. Superb.
There was one song on the album called Dreams that featured Social Club. I had no idea who the group was, but I heard a familiar voice. It was Martymar again. He delivered another weird, but very well executed verse. So now knowing that Martymar was a legit rapper, I wondered who else was in the group. I listened to the next verse of the song, and it was a rapper who seemed very serious, but his flow was impressive. He kept saying “It’s Fernie” which was just a play off his actual name, F.E.R.N. Thus, that was my proper introduction to Social Club.
Martymar and F.E.R.N. make up the rap group Social Club. I had to hear more from the duo, so I searched. I stumbled across a couple of songs on YouTube and a mixtape from them called Social x Club – Royale Deluxe (Hosted by DJ Destiny). It features songs from older projects, as well as some unreleased items. I put it on my phone, and the rest was history.
The mixtape was a classic in my mind, from beginning to end. The playfulness of Martymar, the businesslike approach from F.E.R.N. It’s the perfect balance. My favorite song from the album, one I still play heavily two years later, is “Hawaiian Punch”. I have no idea why that is the tile of the song, which will happen a lot when you listen to Social Club, but the actual song itself was a perfect example of the duo’s implacable compatibility.
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As I’ve listened to the group, I’ve noticed they love to use the term “misfits”. Webster defines the term as “something that fits badly”. At first thought you would think, why would someone would claim that? Then you listen to songs where Martymar gives detail after details of his life growing up and how he got kicked out of his church, and then F.E.R.N. talk about how he spent five years in jail, you get a clearer picture.
With all the hardships they have had in their lives, you could understand if they just sulked around all day. Thankfully they haven’t. They have brilliantly allowed their hardships to be a catalyst to allow God’s glory be shown. It has reached a point that if you consider yourself a fan of Social Club, you can’t help but use the term misfit to show that you badly fit in with the world but perfectly with Christ.
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Another thing I think puts F.E.R.N. and Martymar on another level is their interactions with their fans. It seems genuine. Don’t get me wrong, I think that the entire Christian Hip Hop community has done an incredible job of connecting with their fans.
The advances of social media has enhanced the experience. However, it seems to me, Social Club has used it better than most. I don’t think it was done purposely, I think for them it just happened. I watch concert footage from the duo, and I can feel the energy. It feels authentic, organic… real.
If you’re looking for something that will give you tingly feelings, and come to Jesus moments, Social Club might not be for you. If you’re looking for something that doesn’t take itself too seriously, shows a love for Christ, and has some fun along the way, I suggest you check them out.