Sounds like … the KJ-52 you've come to know and love, with a rougher, more 'street' flow and harder-edged beats.
At a glance … new tracks notwithstanding, this reissue is mostly for hardcore KJ fans and those who never had a chance to check out his original Essential debut.
Long before the plaid shirts, lighthearted rhymes, and his unrequited postal exchanges with the Slim Shady, KJ-52 was just a street cat with a gangsta look, a thugged-out flow, and a deal with Essential Records. That was the KJ-52 circa the 7th Avenue days, an interesting debut that mostly flew under the radar—perhaps due to poor promotion on Essential's part or the label's naïveté in breaking hip-hop acts. Too bad, because 7th Avenue's material far outshines the rapper's later output, as he crafts more pensive hooks ("Do What I Do," "Integrity") over beats that display a slight old-school edge ("Keep Ya Head Up," "We Rock the Mic").
Click here to add a video. Click to add lyrics if not listed.