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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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Just discovers this guy pretty interesting bio
I love this song
I go to a small Christian school in south Texas and one of my teachers is Jonah's (KJ-52) high school best friend. His name is Kerry Dixon. He said that Jonah was a Godly example and displayed patience. They still keep in touch to this day
Kj-52 is awesome! I have two albums of his the yearbook and its pronounced 5 2. It awesome!
KJ-52 is awesome.
KJ-52 is my favorite Christian rapper and I love his funny songs even more than the heavy ones. Shows his awesome personality.
trevorgilber t 2 0 1 9
Wow i read KJ-52's bio and almost cried how amazing it is how he came from drugs and stuff to this
This young man sets an example & is an inspiration for this generation. What the enemy satan,intend s for wrong by corrupting the minds if the young through hip-hop music,The Lord YESHUA turns it around for good with music ministers such as KJ-52! : )
Awesome,awes o m e song & great testimony young man! : )
Guys stop hating on Adrian just like people do with Eminem. in KJ's song 'dear slim pt. 2' he is pointing that out so stop hating on Adrian. Instead pray for him. And Adrian you don't know what you are missing out on!
He is definitely my favorite artist of all time.
Kj is the best
Praying for Adrian :)
KJ is a beast
I used to listen to Eminem then I found kj. Totally changed my life. Thank god for people like him. Keep doin what your doin
I love christian rap and he is one of the best. Adrian I will be praying for you
Go hate on someone else adrian
Adrian is going to have to "run for cover" when The Lord comes back
jakehollis15 2
Yah Adrian you can zip it, but man this guy is great KJ has a cool groovy feel that is ausome
Shut up Adrian. Go yell to someone else.
I like go. But I don't believe in god and all that bull s**t soo it's stupid now!
Give it allllll to gooooo awayyyyyy. Given it allll to yeaaaa wayyyy
Given it allll to goooo awayyyyy
Given it alllll to yeaaaa wayyy... One two threeeee. Break it downnnnnn.
I used to hate rap but....
....this is decent stuff. :)
KJ is very talented
Go kj 52!!!!!
Great song
kj 52 is awesome! I love the Yearbook
Yo I've never seen him down here in Florida :P
Hey great song and beat love your songs
We are broken people !!!! 100% agree
Kj 52 god blessed you to save people all around world
met this guy when i was like 15 in ATL and he rocked it at our church
then he was on TRL and they kept saying KJ fifty-two lol
then he came out with an ALBUM NAMED its five two! lol
now he came out with this song GO wow this is the song that defines him as an artist- so GOOD want to hit it on replay!
keep it up KJ!!!! Praise God
Im guilty
Prosecutor dropped the charges your free to go

Jesus forgives even though we don't deserve it
karpethan
love god and this music just makes it so much easier
My two favorit things put together
Rap and god XD
evanol5
You have to watch him rap battle! He's the first Christian I've ever seen doing it, and it is absolutely epic!
with christ all things are possible
We can do all things with Christ
A white, rather unattractive , Christian rapping? Hmm......... I COULD RAP!
lauraafidalg o
LOVE IT!!!!!!!
evanol5
A christian, rather unattractive , white dude rapping. Hmm... I COULD RAP!
401393
It's pronounced five-two. :)
kj52 ft kutless best song live ever!
401393
KJ-52's song So Far Apart is awesome.
queenspoon
Pinkjedi2522 needs to shut up
Kj-52 is just awesome. God has truly blessed him! His music touches topics of life in such a... New perspective. Because of some of his songs like I'm Guilty, Life After Death, and 5th Element have changed my mind on many things in life. Thank you KJ-52. :)
Kj-52 is awesome I like dear slim from him
Good song. Thank you God:)!
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