KJ-52 - Collaborations

Monday 18th November 2002
KJ-52 - Collaborations
KJ-52 - Collaborations

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 5311-6294
LABEL: Uprok BED38957
FORMAT: CD Album
RELEASE DATE: 2002-08-09
PRICE: £4.99

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Reviewed by T A Sutherland

KJ is by no means a stranger to the hip-hop scene, having rubbed shoulders with big names on both sides of the divide. This is his first album with Uprok, settling on a "creatively subversive East Coast style" throughout the proceedings. The collaboration of producers include the likes of Blake Knight with artists such as John Reuben and Pigeon John to name but a few. KJ's approach is a breath of the fresh stuff, being light hearted yet serious at the same time, as seen in the querky "Dance With Me", featuring Pigeon, and the hilarious "Nursery Rhymes" that tells the true story of what became of various nursery rhyme characters. Sometimes vocally compared to Eminem, KJ bites back (with great humility), on 'Dear Slim' (hope that track hits home someday). A great album, though a tad patchy in places, however there are plenty of head nodders and thought provokers to keep things interesting and fresh.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Leave A Message
2. Do That
3. The Choice Is Yours - Ftr John Ruben
4. Rise Up - Ftr Rob Beckley [Listen]
5. Dear Slim - [Listen]
6. Nursery Rhymes - Ftr Playdough
7. Sonshine - Ftr Nirva Dorsaint
8. Wait For You - Ftr Nirva Dorsaint [Listen]
9. Revenge of The Nerds - Ftr Pigeon John [Listen]
10. 5Th Element
11. Industry - Interlude
12. Why - Ftr Mars Ill
13. 47, Emcees - (Interlude)
14. ABC's And 1,2,3'S - Ftr Billy Puddles
15. Where Were You - Ftr Golden Child
16. Operator (Outro)

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