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|Birth name||Jonah Kirsten Sorrentino|
|Also known as||KJ-52, Tweezy|
|Born||June 26, 1975|
|Genres||Christian hip hop|
|Associated acts||Sons of Intellect, Peace of Mind|
Jonah Kirsten Sorrentino (born June 26, 1975), better known by his stage name KJ-52, is a Christian rapper from Tampa, Florida. The "KJ" part of his name refers to his old rap alias, "King J. Mac," a name which he later described in one of his podcasts as "horribly cheesy."[not in citation given] "52", which is pronounced "five two", not "fifty-two", is a reference to the Biblical story of Jesus feeding the multitude with five loaves and two fish, which is also sung about in his song "Push Up" from The Yearbook and in the "KJ Five Two" on It's Pronounced 'Five Two.[not in citation given] He was awarded the Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year for "Never Look Away" and Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards of 2007. On July 28, 2009, KJ-52 released "End of My Rope", which is the first single for his album Five-Two Television. His song "Dear Slim" is based on Eminem's song "Stan" and is a sort of personal message from KJ-52 to Eminem.
In 2002, Sorrentino released his second album, Collaborations. The album's title referred to the numerous contributions made to the album by guest artists, including Ill Harmonics, Pillar, John Reuben and Thousand Foot Krutch. Collaborations also represented his first nomination for a Dove Award, for "Rap/Hip Hop/Dance Album of the Year" in 2003.
KJ-52 has won four Dove Awards, three in the "Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year" category. He took the 2004 award for It’s Pronounced Five Two, the 2006 award for Behind the Musik (A Boy Named Jonah), and the 2007 award for Remixed. He received an additional honor in 2007, for "Never Look Away" from Behind the Musik, in the "Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song" category. KJ never tried out for American Idol, but suggested such in his song "Fivetweezy".
On October 2008, he released his album, The Yearbook: The Missing Pages, a re-release of his album, The Yearbook. It comes with the original record with a slip over cover that has a code to download the 13 songs.
2009 Dove Awards Another productive year for KJ-52 as he was awarded with "Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year" for "Do Yo Thang"; The Yearbook; KJ-52; Jonah Sorrentino; BEC Recordings/Uprok
In 2009, he released "Five-Two Television", and album covering a variety of themes and rap styles. It is his first album in which autotune is used, a controversial step among his fans. The album brings us the (fictitious) story of Chris Carlino, a man who has ruined his life, through a series of interludes. As usual for KJ-52, the album includes both songs with a strong Christian message and songs that are meant only to entertain.
KJ-52 released Dangerous on April 3, 2012. It mixes hip hop album with quite a bit of synth, and has some pop-electric. The first released single, "Dangerous", is more light rock-pop. The second single is called "Shake Em Up", but is commonly spelled "Shakem Up". It features guest artists such as Canton Jones on "It's Goin Down", Lecrae on "They Like Me", Thi'sl on "Shake Em Up", George Moss on "Do the Bill Cosby", and more. His final track, "Go," is a remake of the Hillsong United song with the same name.
Eminem and "Dear Slim" controversy
KJ-52 was often compared to Eminem, as many called him a "Christian counterpart". One of the most notable mainstream reactions to the Christian hip hop scene was to KJ-52 and his single "Dear Slim", which was written to Eminem in an attempt reach him with the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The song became famous and controversial among Eminem fans when it was featured on the hit show Total Request Live. KJ-52 began to receive hate mail (including death threats) from Eminem's fans, though KJ-52 claimed that the song was not a "diss". This also led to the single being disparaged by VH1 as No. 26 on their "Top 40 Worst Moments in Hip Hop", an issue the artist addressed in a follow-up song titled "Dear Slim Pt. 2".
- Insightful Comprehentions (with Sons of Intellect) (1997, Omega)
- 7th Avenue (2000, Essential)
- Collaborations (2002, Uprok)
- It's Pronounced Five Two (2003, Uprok)
- Soul Purpose (with T.C. aka Todd Collins) (2004, BEC)
- Behind the Musik (A Boy Named Jonah) (2005, BEC)
- The Yearbook (2007, BEC)
- Five-Two Television (2009, BEC)
- Dangerous (April 2012, BEC)
Side Projects/Other Releases
- Peace of Mind (2003, BEC Recordings)
- Soul Purpose (2004, BEC Recordings)
- KJ-52 Remixed (2006, BEC Recordings)
- The Office Prequel Mixtape (2009)
- Born Again guest rap on "Jesus Freak" (2010)
|Are You Real (featuring Jon Micah Sumrall of Kutless)||Behind the Musik (A Boy Named Jonah)|
|Back in the Day||It's Pronounced Five Two|
|Dear Slim Pt. 2|
|Never Look Away (featuring Brynn Sanchez)||Behind the Musik (A Boy Named Jonah)|
|Right Here (featuring Jeremy Camp)|
|2009||"End of My Rope"||7||—||—||Five-Two Television|
|"Brand New Day"||—||5||40|
|2013||"So Far Apart"||—||17||—|
- Jeremiah Dirt – Plague – "Good Medison" (1998)
- Urban D. – The Missin' Element – "The Spittin' Spot" (1999)
- Urban D. – The Tranzlation – "We Go Together Like" (2001)
- Pillar - Fireproof - "Stay Up" (2002)
- Bobby Bishop – Government Name – "Change the Game" (2005)
- tobyMac – Hip Hope Hits 2009 – "One World (Liquid Remix)" (2009)
- R-Swift – Anthem – "Flava of Forever" (2009)
- Sean Slaughter – The Prototype – "I'm Gone" (2010)
- big AL – The Balancing Act – "Lookin' @ Us" (2011)
- muzeONE – Cold War – "Lights On" (2011)
- Research – Cerca Trova – "The Struggle" (2011)
- Jai – Culture Shock – "Incredible (Remix)" (2011)
- The Ambassador – Stop the Funeral – "Your Love" (2011)
- Canton Jones – The Live Experience – "I Am (Live)" (2012)
- E Tizz – What I Gotta Say – "I'm Tellin' 'Em All" (2012)
- Rawsrvnt – Love Deluxe – "Jesus Jam" (2012)
- Emcee One – Introducing Again for the First Time – "Introducing Again for the First Time" (2012)
- Viktory – R4 (Relentless 4ever) – "God Is Amazing" (2012)
- George Moss – It’s Time – "Ridin' Windows Up" (2012)
- For a Season – Lion Hearted – EP – "Let It Out" (2013)
- V. Rose – Electro-Pop (Deluxe) – "Turn Up Your Light" (2013)
|2003||Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year (Collaborations)||Nominated|
|2004||Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year ("Dear Slim Pt. 2")||Nominated|
|Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year (It's Pronounced Five Two)||Won|
|Short Form Music Video of the Year ("Dear Slim")||Nominated|
|2006||Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year ("Are You Real?")||Nominated|
|Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year (Behind the Musik (A Boy Named Jonah))||Won|
|2007||Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year ("Never Look Away")||Won|
|Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year (KJ-52 Remixed)||Won|
|2008||Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year ("Wake Up")||Nominated|
|Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year (The Yearbook)||Nominated|
|2009||Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year ("Do Yo Thang")||Won|
|Short Form Music Video of the Year ("Fan Mail")||Nominated|
|2010||Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year ("End of My Rope")||Nominated|
|Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year (Five-Two Television)||Won|
|2011||Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year ("Calling You")||Nominated|
|2013||Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year (Dangerous)||Nominated|
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