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Mood (feat. Leo Xia)
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Influencers
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24/7 Chill Lo-fi Vibes
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Polaroids (feat. Joe Kye)
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Delaware (feat. Shane Palko)
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GBTD (feat. Romellus Wilson, Chance Calloway, Leo Xia, Samantha Shen)
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Dumplings
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Westworld

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The new album from Chinese American rapper jason chu, living.room began on a trip home in early 2019 to move his family out of their house of 26 years. Starting with those demos written in his childhood neighborhood, the project was completed in the midst of a global pandemic and national lockdown. A reflection on growth, homecoming, and rest, living.room is 10 tracks of casually lyrical lo-fi rap music for warm, thoughtful days at home.

Created with jazz-hop producer Elyonbeats, the album features live instrumentation from keyboardist Fictitious Professor and touring guitarist Jeremy Ting along with sax player Neel Ghosh, with vocals courtesy of indie-pop artist Joe Kye, folk musician Shane Palko, singer/songwriter Leo Xia, and Atlanta rapper Uzuhan.

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releases June 5, 2020

Produced by Elyonbeats, Nate Kodi, Mixtape Seoul
Additional instrumentation by Joe Kye, Fictitious Professor, Jeremy Ting, Neel Ghosh.
Mixed by Joseph "HD" D'Ottavi (Track 1, 3-10) and Joshua Abelson (Track 2)
Photography by Fictitious Professor
Art direction by jason chu

Thanks to my creative collaborators and partners: Elyonbeats, Cam + Yuli, NITEMRKT, Andrew Chau, Fictitious Professor, Jeremy Ting, John Kim, Neel Ghosh, Joe Kye, Chase Flow, HD, Samantha Shen, Andrew Lee at 3Arts, and Nicholas Minniti at Proper One. Thanks especially to Peter, Kevin, and Tina N at GGE.

A special thanks to The Slants Foundation and Simon Tam for a generous grant in support of art that serves as an open letter to those who are furthering hate - in a manner that creates empathy, connection, and compassion. Find out more at www.theslants.org.

Shouts to 302, especially the Chu family, the Weber family (Brett, Marta, Justin, Karen, Jeremy), the Ganatra family, the Ogunnaike family, Kiel Drake, the Hung Wing Chinese Cultural Center, and Mrs. Gupta.

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Track Name: Home
Can a prophet still speak when his time passes?
What's an "influencer" who never had the masses?
Whatever happens to your mission when it hits a setback?
If it crumbles does that mean you never had the passion?
Sittin still, the world is movin ever faster
Never popped a pill but I've been high on my own satisfaction
Hit the gas at 25 and sped thru all the crashes
Lookin back, like, maybe I shoulda asked directions
Comparisons, funds become embarrassing
Considering my marriage and my message, tried to balance things
Friends make Facebook posts about the joys of parenting
And I'm like, look, that one single got a lot of streams

But I'm still out here in the studio to make a change
Believing that these words can heal and that it just takes faith
Produce a dose of hope, and inject it in the veins
Magic - how it works, even if the doctor's strange
Been sayin prayers that my lifetime might be used well
My momma named me as a healer, and she chose well
Talkin to her back home, she said "I'm so proud
What you give the youth with all a the stories you tell"
Still, I got a lot more questions than I do answers
But I've learned to do dishes and to love dances
Don't know what lies ahead but that’s become standard
I moved to LA with no plans except to take chances

And I've spent these years, written them in my poems
To bless you with the stories that I carry in my bones
When I’m layin in my tomb, they will write it on my stone
And my children and their children will always have it be known
That their ancestors and parents fought through racism and wrongs
In a world that rejected them but still they made their own
And the music that I make might be forgotten before long
But if I lay a single brick to build a future - I reached my goal

To make it home
to make a home
To make our home

Let's go
Track Name: Honor (feat. Uzuhan)
Thank you, but it's an honor
Just to be asian
Honor
Just to be asian
Honor
Just to be asian
Honor
Just to be asian

Verse 1 (jason)
From gold skin to cinnamon
Green cards and citizens
Airlifts, university scholarships, and immigrants
Dark hair and irises
Young without collagen
Whatever we playin at you know we be killin it
Humble but dominant
Grew up an acrobat
Flip from laundromat to graduate to diplomat
Called Chinamen by the ignorant
The wise they call them gentlemen,
Yall know what time it is -
I love my people how we haggle at the markets
Take a family vacation to the outlets
Eatin out it's not a question if we gon split
Or if anyone take the last portion, no
I love the smell of salt and sweet,
Gold in the air like the sun off the beach
I love the stories that make us so unique
You can copy the food but the soul is outta reach
It's an honor

Honor
Just to be asian
Honor
Just to be asian
Honor
Just to be asian
Honor
Just to be asian

1:06 Verse 2 (Uzuhan)
Ay, OK
It's the voice of the people, uh
Voice from the steeple, uh
Voice of illegals who tug of war with the eagle, uh
OK, I speak up, go kick your feet up
Then say they takin all the jobs while they clean up, yea
So just sweep em and push em to the side
But keep em if you see the dollar signs
Your story's so unique!
Say we need em but actions admit the lie
If history's repeating I don't think we'll even mind
yeah
Get your clout points, mm, pimpin our voice, yea,
breath of fresh air, guess I'm just your Altoid
People of color, yea, need to be scholars,
and lift it up in honor, time to remove the shot caller
Used as your token
but even checks fade
Tell me, which of your pawns will fight a checkmate?
I know you need us, just admit that you do
In a decade you will see if what we're saying is true,
It's an honor-

Honor
Just to be asian
Honor
Just to be asian
Honor
Just to be asian
Honor
Just to be asian

1:23 Verse 3 (jason)
White and blue collar
They come, became martyrs
Honor to all the mothers and fathers of daughters,
Sons of back kitchens, liquor stores, and corners,
Dollar cabs, massage parlors and fruit farmers
Grew up with no role models and no stories
Learned to use tongues and brains in due order
War? They called on us then left us war-torn, it's
no surprise we cut borders but not corners
And they treat my father like he still a tourist
But they got no problem buyin Sony or a Taurus
Hypocrites, I'm learnin to ignore em
Cuz the obstacles they gave us only taught us how to flourish
Artesia to Tyson's Corner, the streets of Flushing, Plano! Yea my peoples gorgeous
Sky is the limit, since Bruce broke the boards, I know no bamboo could ever hold us under water
It's an honor

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