This interview took place on: 4/1/03.
KJ-52: It was more or less just an idea I had been kicking around for a couple of years,
Brandon Ebel (president of Tooth & Nail, the label I'm on) just had the vision to follow through on it.
I said if I was going to do it, then we need to do it right. I wanted the best people on it, and I got it.
How could I say no?
I actually wrote most of the record to hip hop instrumentals and then they stripped it out and put in
the guitars, drums etc..
The basic difference is that I can interject more emotion to it and can be a little more experimental than
the typical hip hop LP. It was a growing stretch but it definitley helped.
Well, I work with Todd all the time. We actually do everything pretty much hand-in-hand when it comes to
music (his stuff and my stuff). Pete was really cool to work with (even though we never met face-to-face at all
on the record) and he really MADE the whole LP. I knew they would be the best for the record, that's why
I went with them.
All of it. All the song ideas were mine. As far as musically, though, that was 90% Pete, Todd and Rick May
KJ: hmmmmmmmmmmm... wouldn't you like to know? The cover has me, Todd, Reid Shippen (the guy
who mixed the LP) and Steve Lotz (OK, he had nothing to do with the album. He mixed Collaborations though.)
KJ: Just seeing people around me quitting and struggling. I wanted it to be an encouragement to them.
My parents divorce... simple and plain, and how God was my healer.
AHHHHHHHHHH!! Middle school frustration? Just me having some fun.
KJ: Yep. There was a road pastor backstage who gave him a copy and talked to him. He walked out with it in his pocket.
KJ: Well... at first it was frustrating. Now it's just like water off a duck's back.
I don't even think about it too much. If me becoming your "Christian Eminem" helps you grow closer to God
then whatever... I'll sacrifice my artistic pride to help you grow.
KJ: "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars..." He is still in control no matter what.
Simple as that.
KJ: Proverbs 18:24. It talks about a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
KJ: Monty Python and the Holy Grail... yep, I'm a geek.
KJ: Good? Probably Crossover Community Church in Tampa, Florida. The only hip hop church
in existence. Awesome vibe there.
KJ: hhhhmmmmmm... Not one in particular, just seeing kids saved and touched is what
it's all about. The road gets old real quick. That's what keeps me going is the kids.
KJ: Get ya money straight, learn to forgive, learn to communicate and, most of all, enjoy it!
KJ: A zillliiion times! I was raised in FL. Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure,
two dopest parks, no doubt. The Bible Theme park is kind of cool too.
KJ: Too many to list. :) I listen to everything.
KJ: Thanks for everything!
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