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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Jonah

1. Hold On (Feat. Curt Anderson)

2. Get Down Get Down

3. Best Day Ever (Feat. Chris August & Talkbox)

4. More Of You Less Of Me (Feat. Whosoever South)

5. Nah Bruh (Feat. Canon & B. Cooper)

6. Day Job (Feat. Sean Johnson)

7. Lock Down (Feat. B. Reith)

8. Know About It (Feat. Derek Minor)

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Track List: Mental

1. Gameface (Feat. KB & Soul Glo Activatur) (1st Half Edition)

2. Fight Music (I Don't Do Black Or White Music) (Feat. Lecrae & Propaganda)

3. Island Of The Misfit Toys (Feat. Social Club & SPZRKT)

4. Mental (Feat. Tedashi & Soul Glo Activatur)

5. Tonight

6. Gameface (Feat. KB, Flame & Soul Glo Activatur) (2nd Half Edition)

7. Fresh Kicks On

8. It's Going Down (Feat. Canton Jones) (Remix)

9. Brand New Day (Feat. Humble Tip & Bethany Jones) (Remix)

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Track List: Best Of KJ-52

1. Tweezy Dance

2. KJ Five Two

3. Dear Slim

4. Fivetweezy

5. Do Yo Thang

6. End Of My Rope

7. Gimme Dat

8. Dear Slim Pt. 2

9. Brand New Day

10. Superhero

11. Dangerous

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Track List: Dangerous

1. It's Going Down

2. They Like Me

3. Superhero

4. Dangerous

5. Facemelt

6. Shake Em Up

7. Do The Bill Cosby

8. So Far Apart

9. Brand New Day

10. Speed That Light

11. That Was My Life

12. Go

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Track List: KJ-52

Disc 1

1. Leave A Message (Intro)

2. Do That

3. The Choice Is Yours (Feat. John Reuben)

4. Rise Up (Feat. Rob Beckley And Trevor McNevan)

5. Dear Slim

6. Nursery Rhymes (Feat. Playdough)

7. Sonshine (Feat. Nirva Dorsaint)

8. Wait For You (Feat. Nirva Dorsaint)

9. Revenge Of The Nerds (Feat. Pigeon John)

10. 5th Element

11. Industry (Spoken Word Interlude)

12. Why (Feat. Mars Ill)

13. 47 Emcees (Interlude)

14. ABC's And 1,2,3's (Feat. Billy Puddles)

15. Where Were You (Feat. Goldinchild)

16. Operator (Outro)

Disc 2

1. Welcome To Five Two's

2. KJ Five Two

3. Whoop Whoop

4. Dear Slim Pt. 2

5. So In Love With You

6. Cartoon Network

7. Rock On (Feat. Rob Beckley)

8. Back In The Day

9. Can I Speak With A Manager? (Interlude)

10. Ya Bref Stank

11. 47 Pop Stars

12. Pick Yourself Up (Feat. Donnie Lewis)

13. Don't Go

14. Check Yourself

15. Infomercial (Interlude)

16. #1 Fan (Feat. Jubilee)

17. I Feel So Good

18. I'm Guilty

19. Outro

20. Gimme Dat

Disc 3

1. Dad: "Thats How You Got Your Name" (Intro)

2. Fivetweezy

3. Are You Real? (Feat. Jon Micah Sumrall)

4. Rock With It

5. God (Feat. Rebecca St. James)

6. Behind The Musik (Feat. Pee Wee)

7. Mom: "Sitting In The Puddle" (Interlude)

8. Thank You

9. Jesus

10. Right Here (Feat. Jeremy Camp)

11. Video Games

12. Plain White Rapper

13. Dad: "Ybor City" (Interlude)

14. Things I Like (Feat. Goldinchild)

15. Life After Death

16. Never Look Away (Feat. Brynn Sanchez)

17. For The Ladies (Feat. Seth Ready)

18. Mom: "I Wanted To Call You Sky" (Interlude)

19. I Can Call On You (Feat. Donnie Lewis)

20. Cry No More

21. One

22. He Is All

23. Dad: "It Was God Working In Your Life" (Outro)

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Track List: Triple Pack!

Disc 1

2. Do That

3. The Choice Is Yours

4. Rise Up

5. Dear Slim

6. Nursery Rhymes

7. Sonshine

8. Wait For You

9. Revenge Of The Nerds

10. 5th Element

11. Industry

12. Why

13. 47 Emcees

15. Where Were You

Disc 2

1. Welcome To The Five Two's

2. KJ Five Two

3. Whoop Whoop

4. Dear Slim Pt. 2

5. So In Love With You

6. Cartoon Network

7. Rock On

8. Back In The Day

9. Can I Speak With A Manager? (Interlude)

10. 47 Pop Stars

11. Pick Yourself Up

12. Don't Go

13. Check Yourself

14. Infomercial (Interlude)

15. #1 Fan

16. I Feel So Good

17. I'm Guilty

18. Outro

Disc 3

2. Fivetweezy

3. Are You Real?

4. Rock With It

5. God

6. Behind The Musik

8. Thank You

9. Jesus

10. Right Here

11. Video Games

12. Plain White Rapper

14. Things I Like

15. Life After Death

16. Never Look Away

17. For The Ladies

19. I Can Call On You

20. Cry No More

21. One

22. He Is All

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Track List: Five-Two Television

1. Five-Two Television (Intro)

2. Adventures Of Tweezyman

3. End Of My Rope

4. The Chris Carlino Story: Day One (Interlude)

5. Headline News At 5

6. He Did That

7. Let's Go

8. The Chris Carlino Story: Week Two (Interlude)

9. Are You Online?

10. Calling You

11. Headline News At 11

12. Picture

13. Shake It Off

14. Gonna Be Alright (Five Two Television Album Version)

15. Help Me Change

16. Swagged Out With Tags Out

17. The Chris Carlino Story: Week Four (Interlude)

18. Fuego

19. Tweezy Dance

20. Let It Go

21. Firestarter

22. Broken People

23. The Chris Carlino Story: Week Five (Interlude)

24. Dear God

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Track List: The Yearbook: The Missing Pages (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

1. Will You Ever Know?

2. Do Yo Thang

4. Do You Got That?

5. It Ain't Easy

6. Push Up

8. Fanmail

9. You Can Still Come Back

10. Can I Be Honest?

11. Pump That

12. 5 Minutes (In The Garden)

15. Say What Ya Want

17. You Hang Up First

Disc 2

3. Stuck In The 80's

4. Starbucks Takes All My Money

5. I Got It Got It

6. Push Up (Remix) Ft. Sev Statik

8. Pump That (Remix)

10. What You Want

12. I Used To

13. I Almost Got Shot Last Night

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Track List: The Yearbook: The Missing Pages

1. Do Yo Thang (Feat. B. Reith) (Remix)

2. Keep Shining (Feat. Goldinchild)

3. Stuck In The 80's

4. Starbucks Takes All My Money

5. I Got It Got It

6. Push Up (Feat. Sev Statik) (Remix)

7. You Can Still Come Back (Feat. Eric Cross) (Remix)

8. Pump That (Remix)

9. I Can Never Forget You (Feat. Liquid)

10. What You Want

11. All I Need (Feat. Cam)

12. I Used To

13. I Almost Got Shot Last Night

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Track List: The Yearbook

1. Will You Ever Know?

2. Do Yo Thang

3. You'll Never Take Me Down

4. Do You Got That?

5. It Ain't Easy

6. Push Up

7. I Won't Ever Stop (Ft. Goldinchild)

8. Fanmail

9. You Can Still Come Back

10. Can I Be Honest?

11. Pump That

12. 5 Minutes (In The Garden)

13. Daddy's Girl (Ft. Liquid)

14. Wake Up (Ft. Toby Morell of Emery)

15. Say What You Want

16. You're Gonna Make It (Ft. Blanca Reyes of Group 1 Crew)

17. You Hang Up First

18. Always Here For You (Ft. Liquid)

19. Take Every Part Of Me (Ft. Ayiesha Woods)

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Track List: Remixed

1. Fivetweezy (Disco Mania Remix)

2. Revenge Of The Nerds (Horns A Plenty Remix)

4. 47 Emcees (Plus 18 More Remix)

5. I Can Call On You (Piano Love Remix)

6. Are You Real? (Oregon Trail Remix)

7. Jesus (Reggaeton Remix)

8. Plain White Rapper (Kalimba Remix)

10. Mullet Pride (Country Krunk Remix)

11. For The Ladies (Soulvibe Remix)

12. Things I Like (Timbojones Remix)

13. Washed Up (Dbl. Time Remix)

14. Run For Cover

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Track List: Behind The Musik

1. Dad: "That's How You Got Your Name" (Intro)

2. Fivetweezy

4. Rock With It

5. God (feat. Rebecca St. James)

6. Behind The Musik (feat. Pee Wee)

7. Mom: "Sitting In The Puddle" (Interlude)

8. Thank You

9. Jesus

10. Right Here (feat. Jeremy Camp)

11. Video Games

12. Plain White Rapper

13. Dad: "Ybor City" (Interlude)

14. Things I Like (feat. Goldinchild)

15. Life After Death

17. For The Ladies (feat. Seth Ready)

18. Mom "I Wanted To Call You Sky" (Interlude)

19. I Can Call On You (feat. Donnie Lewis)

20. Cry No More

21. One

22. He Is All

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Track List: Soul Purpose

1. WWSP Radio (Intro)

2. Rocking The Jam

3. Eyes Open Wide

4. Bounce With Me

5. WWSP Shout-Outs (Interlude)

6. Something For You

7. Gonna Be Alright

8. No Stopping Me

9. WWSP Product Testimonials (Interlude)

10. You're The One

11. I Miss You

12. Do You Want To Go?

13. Captain Crunkalicious (Interlude)

14. It's Just You

15. Only You

16. WWSP Signing Off (Outro)

17. KJ Sings The Hits (Hidden Outro)

18. Haha WWSP

19. Captain Krunkalicious

20. Cleese

21. Number One In Your Heart

22. Give Ya Soul Purpose

23. Coming Up Next

24. Keep It Locked

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Track List: It's Pronounced Five Two

1. Welcome To The Five Two's

2. KJ Five Two

3. Whoop Whoop

4. Dear Slim Pt. 2

5. So In Love With You

6. Cartoon Network

7. Rock On (Feat. Rob Beckley; It's Pronounced Five Two Album Version)

8. Back In The Day

9. Can I Speak With A Manager? (Interlude)

10. Ya Bref Stank

11. 47 Pop Stars

12. Pick Yourself Up (Feat. Donnie Lewis)

13. Don't Go

14. Check Yourself

15. Infomercial (Interlude)

16. #1 Fan (Feat. Jubilee)

17. I Feel So Good

18. I'm Guilty

x

Track List: Collaborations

1. Leave A Message (Intro)

2. Do That

3. The Choice Is Yours (Feat. John Reuben)

4. Rise Up (Feat. Rob Beckley And Trevor McNevan)

5. Dear Slim

6. Nursery Rhymes (Feat. Playdough)

7. Sonshine (Feat. Nirva Dorsaint)

8. Wait For You (Feat. Nirva Dorsaint)

9. Revenge Of The Nerds (Feat. Pigeon John)

10. 5th Element

11. Industry (Spoken Word Interlude)

12. Why (Feat. Mars Ill)

13. 47 Emcees (Interlude)

14. ABC's And 1,2,3's (Feat. Billy Puddles)

15. Where Were You (Feat. Goldinchild)

16. Operator (Outro)

x

Track List: 7th Avenue

1. The Greatest M.C. (Intro)

2. 123

3. Keep It Moving

4. The Hardway

5. Keep Ya Head Up

6. Melvin's Not Here (Skit)

7. Do What I Do

8. The Greatest M.C. (Continued)

9. We Rock The Mic

10. Cipha All Stars (Skit)

11. It's The S.O.I. (Sons Of Intellect Anthem)

12. Micky Cakes (Skit)

13. Integrity

14. This Is Love

15. They Know Not

16. The Greatest M.C. (Outro)

x

Track List: Tonight (Single)

1. Tonight

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Amen revival now
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Kiss your hand 10 times. Say your crushes name 15. Post on 2 other stations. Look at your hand
By the way kj52 is awesome
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Your so amazing I love your songs you also touched my heart so think you
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Say Ariana 5 times fast post on 2 other stations and look under your pillow!
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Keep up the amazingly great work!��
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Sick muzic
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dear slim and dear slim pt.2 summary PRAY FOR M&M
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KJ-52 is one of my favs!
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Heaven
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It's has to be it's going down
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Say iPhone 5 times post this on five other songs and look under ur pillow
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Dear slim is good to
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Dear Slim is sick
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Game face is my fav
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I BE GOIN MENTAL I I I BE GOIN MENTAL MENTAL YOU BE THEY BE WE BE GOIN MENTAL MENTAL
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I love kj-52 story line.
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Great song
#kj52
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Love this song
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#dabest
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I think I found a new favorite
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Who is he talking about
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And kj-52 is awesome!
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Capital kings aren't breaking up
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Does anyone care that capital kings is breaking up?!?!?!?!!? ! ? ? ? ! ? ? ? ? ? ! ? ! ? ? ! ? ? ! ?
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If you like Christian rap listen to Jordan Armstrong
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He has some really funny songs like gimme dat, and cartoon network.
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KJ-25 is a beast and so talanted
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KJ-52 is a wonderful rapper with unique beats and style choice of his rap's as well his lyrics are great.
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Hey KJ 52 this is DèBlessed I was just wondering if DJ official is still doing the best of the submissions and if so how would I drop a submission.
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What is going on Goooddy246? These guys rock!
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KJ-52 is amazing!!!!! !
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you crazy. l have no idea WHAT you are talking about Goooddy 246.
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GAMEFACE
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Hi kj love your songs
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This is the first song of his I have heard. He is really good!
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Metal
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I love his music !!!!!!!!!!
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Love you music :)
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GAME FACE!!!!!!!! ! X <
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The first album i heard/bought from KJ was 52 television and i liked it so much!
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Kj is real with this track.......
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I LOVE DEAR SLIM
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Game face a great song to play before a football game
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He has a really good bio
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ya its great
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Good SONG
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