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KJ-52

Raised in a rough-and-tumble suburb of Tampa, FL, KJ-52 (real name: Jonah Sorrentino) was the product of a broken home, and eventually found himself mixed up in drugs, drinking, and chasing skirts. At 15 a family member challenged him to take up Christ, and being born again gave him the strength to move on. But rather than give up hip-hop and its tacit endorsement of sin, KJ poured his faith into his hip-hop. Even his name was a devotional. "KJ" was an abbreviation of his old rap name, but "52" (pronounced "five-two") represented the miracle of the five loaves and two fish. KJ-52 believed he was spreading the word of the Lord in much the same way Jesus shared the food in the story. But his road to Christian hip-hop heaven wasn't easy. While still a teenager, KJ began working in youth ministry at a Florida inner-city church. He also recorded a demo, but it was largely ignored. Christian or not, getting your music noticed is tough. It wasn't until KJ met a young, likeminded rapper named Golden Child that things began to move forward. The two young men formed Sons of Intellect and began performing throughout Florida. Soon Golden Child moved on and the Sons dissolved. But that brief bit of success in the Christian rap game had whet KJ's appetite, and in the summer of 1998 he stepped down from his youth minister position to pursue his Christian rap dream full-time.

A relationship with Gotee Records' Todd Collins led to a deal with Nashville CCM label Essential, and the label released the debut KJ-52 full-length, Seventh Avenue, in April of 2000. The LP featured collaborations with such Christian heavyweights as Cross Movement and Knowdaverbs. Extensive touring followed the release, and KJ-52 found he'd finally established himself as the Christian rapper he always felt he could be. In 2002, KJ-52 dropped Collaborations. The album's title referred to the numerous contributions made to the album by guest artists, including Ill Harmonics, Pillar, and Thousand Foot Krutch. The most interesting track on Collaborations was "Dear Slim." The track presented an open letter to Eminem, taking issue with Em's own song, "Stan," and some of the more extreme opinions expressed in the Detroit star's lyrics. A battle rap of sorts (albeit a warm fuzzy version), the song nicely encapsulated KJ-52' s conversational rapping style, his intricate wordplay, and his devotion to the man upstairs. ~ Johnny Loftus
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I love leceas songs
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cupotheirish
my friend dared me to post this
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
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Lecrae is different; not better. There both amazing.
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This song is fantastical! ! Lord bless u for ur amazing song!!
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I'm praying for Adrian too.
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Amen!! God Bless that man!! Sharing the Word!!
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Lecrae is better ����
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ikr best rapper ever!!!!!!!
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Amazing rapper
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GAMEFACE
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I love Kj's music, it's helped me have a better relationship with God and made me realize that nobody's perfect.... It's changed me for the better
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carmen.20018
I love the song End Of My Rope!!!!
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I love this song love it
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I got my fresh kicks on
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Has some good songs
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Dear slim....just awesome
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zekspiegs
Gameface
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KJ -52 is one of the best christian Rappers God blessed you
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I saw him to with my old youth group in Minnesota
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KJ-52 is amazing as lecrae.
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zekspiegs
Cool name
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Dope
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Count it all joy !!!
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I saw him in a church a long time ago
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Good movie
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KJ-52 mental
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Listening to "Dear Slim" by KJ-52...
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I got my fresh kicks on and I'm ready to praise to the lord so go mental and put ur game face on so do the bill cosby
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This song is powerful...
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Wow
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emmamonkey62 4 2
This song rocks
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Follow Me
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Kjs back. new album is way better than his old ones
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Captainmarve l 4 5 4 0 or whatever your name is. The blood of Jesus rebuke and nullify every magical spell and wicked thing your are prophesying there. It will never work. If you don't repent, you will hate the outcome. May Jesus deliver you.
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Love him
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awesome
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+TRUTH+

Str8 banging to this at the supermarket. Bless
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tiggerluvr24 8 5
Love my cousin! Great job, Jonah! Even after going through the hard times, you are still like David...a man after God's own heart!
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KJ-52!!!!!!! !
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KJ - 52 they like me praise god awesome rappers blesseing everyone. Stay blessed
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I love kj 52 n this song
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colleenprov3 5 6
Yo face I know that when I commented it was not on iTunes ��
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First time I heard this song...I love it new fav!!!��
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Let's go kj-52 u rock
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jdjerred
Yes he does, he has a new album coming out soon
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