Ever wonder what #AsianAmerican helped break the color barrier in the hip hop scene? And no, he was not born in Asia, but in #Miami, #Florida.
#JinAuYeung aka #MCJIn was born in Miami, to #HongKong immigrants, where his parents owned a Chinese restaurant. In 2001, he moved to #NewYork to pursue his passion.
In 2002, he hit the national stage with live appearances on BET's music-video countdown show 106 & Park.
For seven consecutive weeks, he dominated the program's "Freestyle Friday" rap battles, fending off his challengers' ethnic insults with rapid-fire retorts like: "Yeah, I'm Chinese / Now you understand it / I'm the reason that his little sister's eyes are slanted / If you make one joke about rice or karate / NYPD be in Chinatown searching for your body."
His success led to his signing with the hip-hop label Ruff Ryders Entertainment as the first mainstream Asian-American rapper. It set the entertainment world abuzz.
In 2004, at 22, MC Jin became the first Asian-American to release a solo rap album on a major label in the U.S.
More than a decade later, MC Jin has sold thousands of records, won awards and even acted in TV shows and movies — not in America, but in Hong Kong. To this day, MC Jin continues to be the most recognizable Asian American Hip Hop artist. Unfortunately, other #AsianAmericans hip hop artists have not been able to create the same levels of success and popularity in America as their African-American, Caucasian, and Latino counterparts. Research has shown that Asian American hip hop artists lack of marketability to the identity of politics of Asian Americans not fitting the traditionally image of #HipHop.
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