“Victory Lap,” a final project by multiple Dove Award rapper KJ-52, is out today. The album brings to a close a multi-decade, landmark career by the Christian hip hop artist. A companion book project is set to be released in the coming weeks. “Imagine what would be running through your mind as you ran a ‘victory lap,’” says KJ-52. “You would think back on all the ups and downs that got you to the place of winning the race. Picture you and me sitting in a room telling story after story about every aspect of my experiences…This book is for you. Each song on the album is inspired by a chapter from the book in order to help you experience exactly what I was feeling when I was going through that moment. This book/EP is funded by the fans, inspired by the fans and written for the fans!” Though KJ-52 cites reasons for retiring that range from family to financial, the musical pioneer also vows to never leave music. “It’s the same thing about this genre that spoke to me when I was 15 and barely saved… I was trying to figure out what it meant to be a hip hop kid and a Christian and someone slipped me a tape and said ‘listen to this.’ All of a sudden those CHH rappers on the other si...