"His sense of mission, more than anything else, is what
sets KJ apart from the pack, driving his commitment to both grow
as an artist and to use that art to communicate something of the
good news of Christ's gospel to his audience."
The Beginning - 2000
With the same passion that inspired Toby McKeehan to introduce
rap music to Christian audiences more than a decade ago, new Essential
Records artist KJ-52 moves forward with a burden to reach the
hip-hop community for Jesus.
Produced by Todd Collins of Gotee Brothers fame, "7th Avenue"
definitely comes with an East Coast foundation, but the album
showcases a surprising amount of musical and lyrical diversity.
"I wasn't trying to reach just certain listeners,"KJ-52
says. "My style is definitely East Coast, but we flip it
on the beats." The album combines underground credibility
with mainstream accessibility and features everything from hardcore
underground to Dirty South-style, Old School to smooth R&B.
KJ-52, whose given name is Jonah Sorrentino, knows about the
streets, and learning the hard way, firsthand: He grew up in Ybor
City, the ghetto area of Tampa, FL. The album titled, "7th Avenue,"
is taken from the street he lived on. "I had a lot of anger, bitterness
and hurt," he remembers. "I thought partying, drinking and all
those things were life. But someone sowed a seed and I was saved
at the age of 15. Christ changed my life, took away the hurt and
gave me a purpose."
KJ-52 - Collaborations
With a world filled with negative artists such as Eminem and
Bubba Sparks, KJ-52 bring a positive message to rap music. Even
includes a letter to Slim himself. Following up to his debut album,
"Collaborations" features amazing tracks such as "Sonshine" and
KJ-52 And TC - Soul Purpose
KJ-52 returns with friend TC to demonstrate some
smooth lines overlaid with cool rhymes. This is a great album
to whet the appetite for those wanting more of KJ-52, and also
a perfect intro for those that haven't heard about this best selling
hip-hop artist. Check out Soul Purpose for a fun, radio-style
album with great surprises and infectious new tunes.
KJ-52 - 7th Avenue - (Re-Release)
KJ-52's critically-acclaimed national debut, produced by former
Gotee Brother Todd Collins, was nominated for a Dove Award for
Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year. New fans will want to complete
their KJ-52 collections with the re-release of 7th Avenue which
includes five previously unreleased tracks, KJ's version of DC
Talk's "The Hardway" plus guest appearances by GRITS, Knowdaverbs,
Amani, Cross Movement and others.
Just wanted to give props where props iz due. KJ-52 laid it down
real representin' tha truth. He got sum Phat skillz. Iz he workin
on any thing new? Whats tha word? Keep on keepin it real for the
real "G" stickily tha Savior. I'm out... Your bro in christ, Tha
Sent Messenger Mark 16:15