Jin Au-Yeung is a rapper, songwriter, actor, and model. He is fluent in both Cantonese and English. He was both the first Asian and Chinese solo rapper to be signed to a major record label. Jin was a consistant winner of the BET program 106 & Park that used to air, known as Freestyle Friday. After winning seven battles in a row, he was inducted in the Freestyle Friday Hall of Fame. As a result of the attention on Freestyle Friday, Jin ultimately signed a deal with Ruff Ryders, which were at the peak of their popularity at the time. Ruff Ryders consisted of The LOX (Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch), DMX, Drag-On, Swizz Beatz, and Eve. His first single under Ruff Ryders was titled "Learn Chinese". It took a sample from the 1992 song "They Want EFX", from hip-hop group Das EFX. The second and final single for the album was originally supposed to be "I Got a Love" featuring Kanye West, but was later changed to "Senorita" because Roc-A-Fella Records did not want to over-expose Kanye West. In 2003, Jin made an appearance in the movie 2 Fast 2 Furious as a mechanic named 'Jimmy', which kicked off his acting career. After taking a hiatus from rap to explore other opportunities, including his relationship with Christ, I get the opportunity to ask Jin a few questions on where things are presently.
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We found some gems in our unpublished archives. This video is a brief interview from 2007 with Sway Calloway of MTV News and the world famous Wake Up Show. Sway shares his limited experience with Christian Hip Hop and drops some wisdom and suggestions. Looks like he was right!