It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a complete KJ-52 project so I was eager to see what his new album sounded like. KJ-52 hasn’t missed a beat. In fact, he’s gotten better. The word-play is strong and evident throughout the entire album. I love the humor. The content is on point and displayed in innovative ways.
The overall sound was definitely a surprise. The album is aptly named “Five-Two Television. I say this for two reasons: 1) There are 24 tracks on this album and only a handful are interludes. 2) Just like cable, there is a variety of options for your listening pleasure. On some songs I felt like I was listening to Green Day, but then one song (Fuego) had me feeling like I was listening to Pitbull. That is just two examples displaying the range on this album. Seriously, if you can’t find some music that you like on this album, I don’t think you like rap. Outside of country, folk, and classical music it seems like the self-proclaimed “Tweezy Man” touched on it. (Shaking head) We’ll call anything hip-hop now-a-days. Ha, just kidding! Hey Tweezy (can I call you Tweezy?), could you do some Gregorian chants next time? The interesting thing about the diversity of the album is that KJ-52 seems genuine on each track. From 80’s style music to dance tracks, he doesn’t seem like he’s forcing any of it. He sounds very comfortable in each style. In short, I’m impressed.
KJ-52 changes channels on this album quicker than a couch potato on speed. He goes from “Picture”, with a pop sound to a dance track called “Shake it Off” that could’ve easily been used on the movie “You Got Served” and fit right in without hesitation. I promise I’m not scratching the surface here people. I’m trying not to be long-winded. This is just an example of what he does throughout the entire album. What’s the catch? Well, if you only like one style of music, you’ll be skipping a lot, looking for the next song that fits the bill for you personally. But every song, in its own way, is done well. Yes, even the “Tweezy Dance!” I was laughing so hard when I heard his mock of auto-tune. Young Tweezy has range that would rival Larry Bird.
Five-Two Television reaches out and touches your heart on “Broken People” and just when I thought the album was coming to a close, KJ out did himself with a classic called “Dear God.” I don’t use the term “classic” loosely. KJ ends strong with a knock out punch that made the rest of the album pale in comparison. He really did out do himself. For awhile I couldn’t listen to the rest of the album. I just put number 24 on repeat…for a few days. Yeah, I’m serious. KJ-52 has given the Christian rap world an album to look up to for years to come. Five-Two Television…who would’ve thought such a silly title could make such a serious impact. But hey, everybody is a critic. I’m just the guy who wrote the review. Peace and much love.
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Review by: E Pluribus Unum
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