KJ-52 - It's Pronounced Five Two

Monday 12th January 2004
KJ-52 - It's Pronounced Five Two
KJ-52 - It's Pronounced Five Two

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Uprok BED84260
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Okay, okay, like everyone else I pronounced it Fifty Two. There's even a track here, "KJ Five Two", to put it right once and for all. This is unquestionably the rapper's most commercially accessible album and though that might disappoint purist devotees of the hip-hop underground, it now expands his audience to the same base who are into the TobyMac end of things. "Don't Go" is one standout, expressing the pain of a child whose parents are going through a divorce. Equally engaging are the regular comic interludes which are often merely irritating on many a hip-hop set, but here raise a smile with their incisive wit. And pride of place goes to "Dear Slim Pt 2", like its predecessor on 'Collaborations', an open letter to Eminem which, again like "Pt1", shows considerable compassion towards the rap superstar. "So In Love With You" features a hook sung by the rapper himself against a delicious clavinet riff. Outstanding stuff from a still growing talent.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Welcome To The Five Two's [Listen]
2. KJ Five Two [Listen]
3. Whoop Whoop [Listen]
4. Dear Slim Pt. 2 [Listen]
5. So In Love With You [Listen]
6. Cartoon Network [Listen]
7. Rock On (Featuring Rob Beckley Of Pillar) [Listen]
8. Back In The Day [Listen]
9. Can I Speak With A Manager [Listen]
10. 47 Pop Stars [Listen]
11. Pick Yourself Up (Featuring Donnie) [Listen]
12. Don't Go [Listen]
13. Check Yourself [Listen]
14. Infomercial (Interlude) [Listen]
15. #1 Fan (Featuring Jubilee) [Listen]
16. I Feel So Good [Listen]
17. I'm Guilty [Listen]
18. Outro [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Mark in Portadown @ 10:57 on Sep 13 2006

brilliant stuff, love the crossover stuff too, like 'Rock On'.... KJ you rock!!

Posted by Olarotimi in London @ 22:03 on Aug 26 2006

this guy is the best xtian rapper i have ever heard. his lyrics just come without any stess. You can tell he is really talented and most of all he is glorifying the name of God.

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