Stories to Tell...Through Music
Posted July 02, 2009
Hipin, hopin, grooving, rockin old school and then some. That’s KJ for you. I still remember ‘5tweezy’ winning a Dove for best hip hp song (it was hip hop, right?). A fav radio presenter of my sis and I, Tony K, grooved it on his Dove Awards program and we ‘rocked the party till the break of dawn’.
‘Behind the Music’ contains a rather wide variety of hip hop. From pure, to old school and a touch of rock, if you’re into hip hop then this cd will keep you mesmerized. A fact often seen on these type of cds are guest artists-a fact KJ stays true to. People like Brynn Sanchez, Jon Micah Sumrall (from Kutless) and Rebecca St. James (not someone I associated with hip hop) features on this album making it a high-quality arrangement of awesome tunes.
The lyrics are rather deep for a rap album and they are written and co-written by KJ. The idea of this cd is to tell the story of KJ52, or Jonah Sorrentino (his real name). These stories are honest, raw and thought-provoking and sometimes really makes you teary-eyed. To me the message behind the cd is one of hope and one inspiring the listener to be real for Jesus (listen to ‘Are You Real’ with J. M. Sumrall).
This cd (similar to tobyMac’s ‘Momentum’) has breathers between the songs in which Jonah (feels weird to call him by that name) talks to his parents about a variety of special moments in his life which enhances the ‘story-telling’ feel present in the songs. Even the booklet is a picture-book of KJ52’s life.
A funky cd with a sweet (in the rap type definition of the word) style that will either make you chill on the grooving melodies or rock on the stellar guitar riffs.
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