KJ-52 - Mental

Published Wednesday 13th July 2016
KJ-52 - Mental
KJ-52 - Mental

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 153874-22577
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1

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Reviewed by Steve Hayes

KJ-52 is a phenomenon. Not only has he been one of the most creative and pioneering Christian hip-hop artists, his pop rap shows a never-ending ability to transform, morph, stay fresh yet never come across as being too cheesy! On 'Mental' the rapper once again feels like an artist going all out for Christ while his usual mix of seriousness and silliness ("Fresh Kicks On") and giving other guest emcees a platform all work together to deliver an outstanding album. In fact, Lecrae, Propaganda, Tedashii, Flame, Canton Jones and many more almost threaten to take over the project at times such is KJ-52's generosity in passing the mic to others. Beats are solid, crisp and pure and production is brilliantly high - "Fight Music" being one of many standouts. This isn't a pop or rock crossover project but one that's more focused on the hip-hop underground or the rap/dance subgenre (in fact, "Tonight" in many ways reminds me of the epic sounds of LZ7). KJ brings his usual lyrical ferocity in the southern smasher, "Gameface", reprised later in the album. There are a huge range of issues touched upon throughout but in "Mental" we find a track that manages to bring a massive party vibe to blow your speakers while addressing the closed minds of those who don't know Christ. The album ends with another dance music oriented track, the uplifting "Brand New Day". If this doesn't get you jumping up and jumping around for Christ then nothing will!

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Gameface Ftg KB, Soul Glow Activatur And Flame [Listen]
2. Fight Music Ftg Lecrae And Propaganda [Listen]
3. Island Of The Misfit Toys Ftg Social Club And Spzrkt [Listen]
4. Mental Ftg Tedashi And Soul Glow Activatur [Listen]
5. Tonight [Listen]
6. Gameface Ftg KB, Soul Glow Activatur [Listen]
7. Fresh Kicks On [Listen]
8. It's Going Down Ftg Canton Jones [Listen]
9. Brand New Day Ftg Humble Tip And Bethany Jo [Listen]

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