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Have you ever felt the challenge of keepin your balance
As you walk down the line between naive and callous?
When I rode a child seat, I had auras around me
That caught guidance counselor eyes like meat on shark week
I mean, I can’t speak for the rest of the crowd
But expectations are a burden that kept weighing me down
Big fish, little pond, big name in a small town
Sometimes I ask God if it's over for me now
Do I make my parents proud cuz I made it out of the house,
and very few other Asians are makin this kind of sound?
I was raised to be great, told to be the best
Now every project I release that fails just gives me stress
If you've ever been depressed, I know that you can relate
To the weight of a generation and a race
Evry time I step on stage, I'm fighting for my place
Even Asians often tell me I don't have a rapper's face
I'm NOT running in place, I'm here to run MY race
I don't reference my talent just to flaunt it in your face
I do it 'cause I'm conscious of the chips that are at stake
I'm workin on my music to bring honor to my race
Tryna make a statement, tryin' to make arrangements
So the next generation might, escape this wasteland
.I'd stay up late in, my parent's base ment
Listenin to the Walkman tuned to the radio station
Pop culture revealed my lack of basic information
My education was lacking in breadth and variation
Substance without style, smart with no mouth
I was young, wild, and free - minus the wild
For a while, blamed myself like I was too uncool
Like I was the only one left when everyone else ditched school
But now my people are on my back, that's what I CAN do
If I touch a single life, I guess my raps came through
So I'm practicing my craft like I do kung fu
If YOU want a chance to live, yes, you come too
Throw the shackles off your back, pack a bag, grab a map
find your voice, let it breathe and YOU can live beyond the edge
you can live beyond the edge
you can live beyond the edge.


from Millennial, released February 7, 2014
Produced by Andrew Coulter




jason chu Los Angeles, California

Speaking hope, healing, and justice in a broken world.


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