Now considered one of Christian music’s most iconic artists, KJ-52 is gearing up to release his 11th studio album and the follow up to 2014’s Mental. The new album will be entitled Jonah, after his real first name, and a PledgeMusic campaign for the album will be launched in the next week or so.
His PledgeMusic page is live now though and fans can head over to grab a free download of one of his “stump the rapper” freestyles and to hear a preview of “Hold On” featuring Curt Anderson from the new album. Below is a recent email to his fan list (sign up here) and the text from his PledgeMusic page. Be sure to Get Plugged Into KJ-52’s social medias, and ours, below to be on top of the latest updates.
The PledgeMusic page can be viewed HERE.
In the next few weeks I will be bringing you guys up to speed on what’s been going on in my life… this last 3 years have been a tremendous roller coaster ride of super highs and super lows but I’m glad to say the Lord works it all for his purpose..
Im currently at work on my next album.. it looks like I’ll be doing a pledge campaign through www.pledgemusic.com and dropping some new music 100 percent independently…
I haven’t been this excited for new music in a long while… to be transparent the grind of life can really wear on your creativity but this newest stuff Ive been writing might be the most powerful stuff Ive done in a long time.
Tentatively the new record will be called “jonah” (my real name) and reflects how the transparency of how I’ve been feeling…
Crazy is a relative word, one to spin around and play with—the way a certain well-known rap artist flips rhymes about having faith even in this fallen world. Some say belief in God is crazy. Others might suggest not putting down spiritual roots in these crazy times is a sure sign of losing one’s mind. On his new release “Jonah”, hip-hop innovator KJ-52 finds the common ground with uncommon style, reaching out to seekers and skeptics alike.
”Jonah” fields a struggling society’s growing question head on and in short order. An LP introducing eight taut songs with immediately memorable hooks; it gets real, has fun, and goes deep from beat to beat, marking a step forward in an already exemplary urban music career.
KJ-52, born Jonah Sorrentino, broke through at a time when rap and religion rarely mixed. With his own mix of sharp wit and lyrical intelligence, he steadily led the genre into the mainstream, making the scene via guest spots on pop records (Newsboys, TobyMac Jeremy Camp)
He’s even in the Guinness Book of World Records for his freestyle skills. That’s crazy, right? Not really.
“Our world is broken. It’s gone nuts,” he concludes. “But there’s still hope for us all. We can get our minds healthy, help each other out as friends, and seek God for the next steps in life.”
After thriving through the seamless transition between a cutting edge newcomer at the tip of the 2000’s to one of today’s most respected and ambitious rap/hip-hop heroes, KJ-52 continues pushing the musical and lyrical envelope. This is his 11th release, and will be done completely independent and self released.
Read our review of Mental here