Entertainment & the Arts | Asian-American rapper relaunches career with ‘change your life music’
In 2001, a 19-year-old Chinese-American rapper defeated opponent after opponent on BET’s televised freestyle rap battles, spitting rapid-fire rhymes insulting his opponent while building up his own skills and street cred.
MC Jin Au-Yeung became the first Asian-American to be inducted into Freestyle Friday’s Hall of Fame after winning the contest seven weeks in a row, the first Asian-American to sign with rapper DMX’s Ruff Ryders, and the first Asian-American hip-hop star.
Jeff Chang of the San Francisco Bay Guardian wrote, “There’s a lot of history now resting on this kid’s slender shoulders. Hold that weight, Jin.”