Disclaimer: All views presented in this Album Review are those of the album reviewer and not of DJ Wade-O.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “Dangerous”? For most people they think of something exciting, exhilarating, life-threatening, or risky. None of these words are normally things that you would equate with a Christian hip-hop record; especially a KJ-52 record, but on this record KJ embodied the idea of being “Dangerous” on a record. He took some creative chances, touched on some risky topics, and (as he always does) brought a lot of excitement. This is how he did it:
Dangerous act #1 – His Versatility: KJ has always been a versatile artist that was able to give several different styles. On “Dangerous” KJ showed off a level of versatility that I haven’t heard from him before. Not only was there a variety of songs, but no one song even sounded close to the same as another. KJ was able to take the listener on a ride from such extreme differences as a youth group worship track, to a gritty transparent walk through his old life, and everything in between. This is a rare ability and definitely adds a “Dangerous” element to this record.
Dangerous act #2 – His Content: With an artist that is as talented a lyricist as KJ is, content may be the most vital part of the record. So what better way to be “Dangerous” than to take chances with the content? KJ talked about race relations within CHH and the Church, which is usually a taboo topic to talk about. This risky move paid off in a huge way by ripping off the curtain and showing everyone the struggles of a white MC in a predominantly black genre. That level of transparency was also shown on “That was my Life” featuring Dre Murray when KJ says:
I had some bad habits potential drug addict
Cause when it came to messin’ up I was good at it
And when it came to givin’ love I never could have it
I’m close to giving up I’m crushed, battered, soul shattered
This kind of transparency and topic range is what separates this record from most others that come out.
Dangerous act #3 – His Sound: Musically, “Dangerous” is a lot different from the typical CHH release. The variety in production and sound in the record is very special. From the opening track you’re drawn into the music because of the high quality in which it’s produced, and he keeps you with the variety in sound. You didn’t know what to expect and that created almost an excitement to hear the next track. But it’s always “Dangerous” to have such a large variety of sound on such a short record. A lot of times with a large variety in sound the direction of the record can get lost and it will sound like a compilation as opposed to an album. That didn’t happen here. KJ brought all these sounds together beautifully and creates a wonderful collage of sound that he labeled “Dangerous.”
The “Dangerous” acts didn’t stop there; KJ also had quite a few big name collaborations on this record. This is “Dangerous” because with names like Lecrae, Thi’sl, Rhema Soul, Dre Murray and Canton Jones you could get overlooked very easy. But KJ didn’t get overlooked and he often shined in the midst of the stars. With “Dangerous”, KJ was able to put together a very good album that will be a blessing to a fan of any type of music. And even though he may never be considered “Dangerous” in the literal sense, on this record KJ-52 showed just how “Dangerous” he can be on the mic.