One of the busiest and best in the Christian hip hop world is back at it. For almost a decade, KJ-52 has been dropping new music almost every 18 months and it's always solid. So, what's new this time around? Not a ton, but "if it ain't broke..." This release is filled with Christ-driven themes, fun-laced flavor, and sweet beats that are worthy to played at any house party. That being said, KJ does stray a little bit from his usual album from time to time on Dangerous, but just enough to keep things from playing it too safe.
The album opens with the solid "It's Going Down," which features one of the many collaborations listed. As you listen, you'll catch Canton Jones, Lecrae, This'l and many others filling up the guest spots. This particular song has typical KJ lyrical content, but the beats travel from funny pop sounds to the dance club variety. You'll catch those same stellar beats working well on "Go" and "Superhero." Another noticeable change on Dangerous is the actual singing done by KJ himself. The rapper lays down some nice vocals on the title track as well as "Brand New Day." Both show off KJ's creativity while hitting on themes of focusing on God and the idea of what change tomorrow can bring.
From there, however, it's back to familiar territory. "Facemelt" carries a TFK fun rock vibe while "They Like Me" is just plain ol' good hip hop about the greatness of our King. The humor is prevalent on "Do The Bill Cosby," where KJ declares that this is "my dumb dance song" after he gives a shout out to Zach Morris. Characteristic of KJ, the track keeps the fun on the forefront. The production is best highlighted in "Speed That Light" and "That Was My Life," where the message is sent home strongly again about the need to spread the Gospel and the change we can grab a hold of thanks to our Savior.
It is hard to find fault in any particular track, but not every song on the twelve song album is stellar. Dangerous may not the best album he has ever released, but may paradoxically be the one with the least amount of flaws. You'll find some creative changes thrown in with our standard KJ fare, all laid over lyrics that can help any young person through the hard times in life. Dangerous is definitely worth picking up the day it drops.- PReview date: 3/15/12; Review date: 4/2/12, written by Kevin Hoskins of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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