With its most recent release, the Blue Collar Sessions
EP, hip-hop duo MARS ILL
is fast-rising as one of the leading lights on Atlanta's underground hip-hop scene. Folks can dig the group's beats and lyrics -- including a particularly entertaining paean to its home city, "Live From Atlantis" -- without ever knowing about the national following these guys have on Christian hip-hop circuit (who knew there even was a circuit?). The decidedly un-preachy duo testifies at least as much for solid hip-hop as they do for Jesus.