Letter to Jin

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Verse 1:
Fifteen and pimply, my friend sent me a message that said "Chinese freestyle on BET"
Intrigued by this emcee from Miami, Chinese kid with slanty eyes kinda looked like me
Awkward as a kid, I was a nerd but I loved Hiphop
Just never thought that the culture would give me my shot
Rappin with my friends after school before dad picked us up
Just out of love - never dreamed that I’d amount to much
So I was psyched to see you on SMACK DVD
Release day, I bought the rest is history
Even Ryde Or Die 4, just for YOUR one track
Aim for the head, when you see em go get em - yeah
More than Learn Chinese or hot import nights, what you represented to me was our civil rights
& I KNEW that you would blow up soon
But then I heard you got dropped from Ruff Ryders... Boom

Dear Jin,
I just wanted to say thanks.
You were a role model when I had no other path
I'm writing as your fan -
Representin the Chinese kids that grew up hearin you rap

I started rhymin around my college campus
Around the same time that you dropped the emcee's properganda
Hot 97 did that racist song
And I was proud that you stood up and spoke out to put our people on
.Then I read in a blog, that you moved to Hong Kong
And you dropped some new songs - and got cast in a drama
I heard you were baptized - to REALLY be honest? a part of me sighed - would you change and lose your Asian-American pride?
Would this popular guise, tempt you to give up your fight against all the stereotypes?
Were you tired, or did you just need a change in your life?
Either way, it's all right, I'm GLAD you found Christ
You were quiet for a minute - I NEVER counted you out
But in the absence of YOUR voice started speakin mySELF
In Beijing with David I put some songs on YouTube
Then I moved to LA to do the same thing as you

Now I’m livin out in LA and I feel like I’m on my way
And I’m writin music at night and recordin it in the day
And my friends are tweeting me like "Hey,
have you hearda MC Jin? You two should really collaborate.”
And I downloaded Brand New Me - Honestly?
It wasn't my favorite but still I played it for weeks
Cuz hearin you spit in English made me feel like a kid
Like I'm back in high school downloadin Hundred Grand Jin
And I've seen that you still got it & can hype up a crowd
No more battles - that's fine, I'm just glad you're still around
Then a couple months ago, we finally got to meet
I was stoked - you gave me props for a song that I wrote, a YouTube upload
Really, it gave me chills! an artist that I grew up with was complimenting MY skills
I remember on a mixtape, you once said that you hope to inspire the next asian hip-hop head
& you most definitely have - your words came true
Sincerely yours, your biggest fan - jason chu


from Millennial, released February 7, 2014
Produced by Chase "Flow" Bradley
Additional keys by Deven “Aijaz” Moorehead




jason chu Los Angeles, California

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