Christopher Michael Jensen has no alias. He lacks a fake persona. His music tackles everyday struggles, relationships, politics, and his own personal demons. His songs are at times self-assured and confrontational, and at others vulnerable and soul-searching. A student of hip hop for more than half his life, C.M.J. began rapping in the year 2000 when he was just 13-years-old. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jensen spent years honing his skills as an emcee, performing at talent shows and school functions and making homemade CD’s as a teenager. Chris would later go on to tour the United States multiple times and become an extremely active member of the highly renowned Twin Cities music scene, performing at hundreds of concerts and events and getting press and radio play from various publications and stations. Over the years Chris has shared the stage with many hip hop legends and vets, including Raekwon, Slick Rick, R.A. The Rugged Man, Elzhi, Khrysis, Apathy, Celph Titled, Cage, Aceyalone, Gift Of Gab, Joell Ortiz, Jonwayne, 2Mex, P.O.S, and DJ Abilities. In addition, he has appeared on Serious XM’s Shade 45 network for Sway In The Morning on three separate occasions, rapping in 2014, again in 2015, and once more in 2018 for a worldwide audience, garnering praise from Sway Calloway and Heather B. In 2018 Chris also took over as the full time host of the monthly Fifth Element Open Mic at the official record store of Rhymesayers in Minneapolis. The same year he also started a new venture as co-host/curator of the popular monthly Local Dope $#%T showcase in St. Paul alongside fellow hip hop artist Uncle T, further helping cultivate and put on for other artists in the MN scene.
RapReviews.com called Jensen “among the best rhyme writers that I’ve heard” and “a great example of why Hip Hop never died and never will.” City Pages has noted that “Christopher Michael Jensen’s lyrics have always felt like free association, with an element of poetry to them that’s endeared the Minneapolis rapper to the Twin Cities’ conscious hip-hop fans.” Reviler.org wrote “what’s great about Chris is that with each release, he raps with a bit more confidence, and vocally he raps very conversationally, with almost a cynic twist, which definitely sets him apart,” adding that his music is “a lot more than meets the eye on the surface.”
Always passionate about social awareness, Christopher Michael Jensen has also been heavily involved with many charitable and activist-oriented endeavors. 2012 saw the beginning of “Rap For Life” – a benefit series spearheaded by Jensen and his friend Ashley Seeler that has raised thousands of dollars for many life-or-death causes including suicide prevention, chemical dependency awareness, domestic abuse awareness, mental health, and at-risk youth. Other causes Chris has been a part of include organized musical efforts for racial and economic justice, stopping sexual violence, eating disorder recovery, getting out the vote, children with autism, the homeless, Planned Parenthood, the West African food crisis, ending sex trafficking, the LGBTQ community, medical cannabis, the fight against breast cancer, and more.
With seven official projects under his belt – including six full length solo releases and an EP with his group EQs-Men – C.M.J. continues to stay busy, with lots more on the horizon. His latest is the critically acclaimed 2017 album A New Age.