Psychedelic Hip Hop Gumbo
Why can't the world be like an eclectic hip hop band?
The Music of Maraj:
They're kind of like a circus
Made of seven members, two of them girls singing backup who appear to have just left chorus class, an upright bassist in the back, two with their noses in their computers laying the beat, a T-Pain like character and the lead rapper, the gold of the whole act, known as Motor City Kam.
They create music out of trust and collaboration
From dusty crates to fresh vibes, from cool soul to hot rhymes, from deep grooves to high times, MARAJ is a sonic adventure that will blow your mind. The seven piece Michigan indie hip-hop band started chopping it up in January 2014 and hasn't skipped a beat. Setting themselves apart from the classic hip hop relationship of rapper and producer, Maraj is a band in the truest sense: a collective of skills and voices who create a sound and style only possible through trust and collaboration.
NPR likes them
On "Gettaway," the eclectic Kalamazoo, Mich. hip-hop collective fuses styles and spits lyrics in a way that awed judge and All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton: "The moment it ended I cued it back up to the beginning and watched it all over again. Great flow, incredible charisma. Just a very magnetic, captivating performance. I was also moved by the simple message of hope for better times. It was the first video I gave a perfect score."
Toward a Theology of Gumbo
The better hope of the world is that it become a network of circus-like communities that are creative, collaborative, participatory, and multicultural, with no one left behind. The individuals in the community will have different talents, but they will make music together. They will have imagination and love for each other, enriching one another's talents.