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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, Rovi
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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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Kiss your hand say your crushes name close the hand you kissed pick a week day post this on 15 diffrent songs and your crush will ask you out on that day.
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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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bunny
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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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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However, if you do not post this you will die in two days. Now that you started reading, don't stop. This is scary so put it on at least five songs in the next 134 minutes. When you are done, press F6 on your key board and your lovers name will come up in big letters. This is scary because it actually works.
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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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denland
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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colleenprov3 5 6
Seth.drums I do not think he raps anymore:(
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Wow! Kj way to go! Keep it up bro!
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daniel82859
Adrian I be praying 4 u man!:) God loves you! So do we!!
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I'll pray for you too, Adrian! I hope you know that even though you don't believe in God, he still loves you, and it's never too late to change.:)
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That's so cool hart4christ1 9 9 4 ! : ) God loves when people sing for his glory! He'll bless you for that!:)
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Back off soundoflight 9 9 ! ! ! ! I love KJ-52 music!
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i do not like this guy... If you want a great (white) rapper than Andy Mineo and T-bone are better choices.
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Anybody know when Jonah's next CD comes out? Just been wondering lately.
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sarah30israe l
ATTN: Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans! YOU ARE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL! GODS CHOSEN PEOPLE!
Deu 28:68 And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again WITH SHIPS, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye SHALL BE SOLD unto YOUR ENEMIES for BONDMEN and BONDWOMEN, and no man shall buy you.
Visit www.israelun i t e . o r g to learn more and sign up for free classes given 3 times a day 7days a week!
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Truth for Life :116 & all Christian hip hop/rap is my ROCK 4ever Love y'all Support the MOVEMENT of TRUTH 116 follow me & I follow you lead the rest to CHRIST God Bless Amen
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denland
Love all of your songs !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ;)
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denland
One of the best
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Hart4christ here christian rapper down in Cincinnati ohio just here to say that kj52 is awesome I've been doing rap for 2 years and it's hard getting famous takes awhile but with God help we all can do anything I've already been at different churches rapping winning souls for Christ and I love rapping and serving Christ
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Kiss your left hand say your crushes name close your hand pick a school day post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out of the day you picked
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:116:REACHRE C O R D S : 3 N A I L Z : I N R I : 4 E V E R : E P I C M O V E M E N T : L O V E : o v e r : H A T E : G O D : o v e r : M O N E Y : S W E E P N A T I O N S :
COMEONE :COMEALL:UHA T I N : U S A T I N : J E S U S : S A V E S : G O D B L E S S . . . . T R U T H MUSIC IS AN EPIC MOVEMENT PLEASE WALK WITH US AS WE ARE SOLDIERS OF CHRIST 116 FOUND ME AND YOU NOW WE MUST SEEK OUT THE LOST CHILDREN OF GOD AND CARRIE THEM TO THE FOOT OF THE CROSS AS JESUS HAS DONE FOR THAT ASK FOR HIM WE MUST SHOW THEM THE WAY TO THE TRUTH THE LIGHT THE LIFE. THANK YOU LECRAE FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART YOU HAVE NO IDEA LIF
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I've been listening to your music since like 2003 and i've loved it ever since! I love to see your music keep getting better every album you release! Can't wait for your next one to come out!
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I was at kings island spiret song when it was kj-52's birthday so we all celebrate his birthday when he was there it was so fun<3<3!!!!! ! !
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