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Ever Think About Where Rapper Jin’s Been!?

Submitted by on March 12, 2010 – 12:45 am23 Comments

Ten years ago, the newest addition to the Ruff Ryderz family was 20-year-old Jin tha MC. Although he hailed from the most populated country in the world, the Chinese American rapper was a minority in the hip-hop scene. We double dare you to name some Asian rappers. Try us, just throw some names in the comment section. If you can think of 5, we’ll give you some e-props.

Despite this, Jin battled his way to stardom in front of a national television audience on BET’s weekly emcee battle, Freestyle Fridays at 106 and Park. Though he is still hovering beneath the radar for the most part, Jin was the top emcee on Freestyle Fridays for seven straight weeks and was inducted into the show’s hall of fame. If you remember Jin from 10 years ago, you’ll remember he had an arsenal of rhymes, ready to use at any time. Don’t believe us? Just check this video.

Yeah. He was icing the competition with reckless abandon. It was almost too easy. When it came to creating a well-crafted album for fans to listen to, however, Jin had a little trouble. As is the case with most battle rappers, Jin’s album failed to garner any critical acclaim, radio buzz or mainstream success. He quickly disappeared from the hip-hop circuit, only to reappear in Hong Kong some odd years later, rapping in Cantonese. His vanishing left many fans scratching their heads, trying to figure out what happened to the Asian guy who used to be labelmates with guys like DMX and The Lox.

Those wondering needn’t wonder no more. Just watch, and everything should be explained. It’ll probably be the best thing you hear, rap-wise, all month.

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