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Rapper rebirth

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.”

Recently I spoke to Au-Yeung over the phone, and his attitude toward life has lost its previous bravado. He says he’s thankful for the sudden rise and fall of his fame because it has brought him to where he is today.

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