Jin in the earlier days of his rapping career
|Chinese name||歐陽靖 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||欧阳靖 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Ōuyáng Jìng (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||au1 joeng4 zing6 (Cantonese)|
|Birth name||Jin-Au Yeung|
|Origin||New York City, New York, U.S.|
4 June 1982 |
Miami, Florida, United States
|Other name(s)||Jin, MC Jin, Jin the Emcee|
|Occupation||Rapper, songwriter, actor|
Crafty Plugz/Draft Records
Universal Music Group
|Spouse(s)||Carol Au-Yeung (m. 2011)|
|Influences||Big Pun, Eric B and Rakim, Big L|
Jin Au-Yeung (born 4 June 1982), who performs under the stage name MC Jin, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor of Chinese descent. Born in Miami, Florida and later living in New York City, he decided to reside permanently in Hong Kong before returning to New York to reside permanently in the summer of 2012. He speaks both Cantonese and English fluently, although he is not literate in Chinese. In the United States, he was both the first American solo rapper of East Asian and Hong Kong descent to be signed to a major hip hop record label.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Other activities
- 4 AIYA!
- 5 Discography
- 6 Music videos
- 7 Filmography
- 8 Rap battles
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
Jin Au-Yeung was born on 4 June 1982, in Miami, Florida, to Hakka immigrants. He was raised in the general Miami area, where his parents owned a strip-mall Chinese restaurant, and where Jin attended schools. While a student at John F. Kennedy Middle School in North Miami Beach, Jin participated in many rap battles with his peers. He also had ice thrown at him daily by the varsity football team.
2001: Freestyle Friday
After graduating from high school in 2000, Jin decided to forgo college and moved him and his family to Flushing, Queens, New York City, in 2001. He began performing freestyles and selling his own mix tapes on the streets, in hip-hop clubs and wherever else possible. While battling on the streets he was spotted by Kamel Pratt who then became his manager and they formed Crafty Plugz Entertainment. His big break came when the BET program 106 & Park began inviting local rappers to hold battles in a segment known as Freestyle Friday. He won all seven battles in a row, enabling him to be inducted in the Freestyle Friday Hall of Fame. Unlike other competitors, Jin spoke Cantonese words in his freestyle verses.
2002–2005: Ruff Ryders Era
That same night of his Hall of Fame induction, he announced that he had signed a deal with the Ruff Ryders. 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. The album was originally scheduled to be released in the summer of 2003, but was delayed for over a year by the label. In October 2004, Jin released his debut album, The Rest Is History, which reached number 54 of the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. Both of his singles, "Learn Chinese" and "Senorita", failed to be major mainstream successes. Nonetheless, Jin's music video "Learn Chinese" was the first video ever to be played on MTV Chi.
2005–2008: After Ruff Ryders
On 18 May 2005, Jin revealed that he would be putting his rap career on hold in order to explore other options. To make this clear, he recorded a song titled "I Quit", produced by the Golden Child. The announcement was widely misunderstood to have marked the end of Jin's rap career. However, he later re-emerged under a different alias, The Emcee, and freestyled over such songs as Jay-Z's "Dear Summer." He released a single called "Top 5 (Dead or Alive)" where Jin displays his lyrical talent in explaining the history of hip-hop's greatest artists. The legendary DJ Kool Herc, who is credited as the founder of hip-hop, appears in Jin's music video. After signing with an independent label, CraftyPlugz/Draft Records, Jin released his second album, The Emcee's Properganda, on 25 October 2005. Jin was also featured on the Taiwanese pop artist Leehom Wang's 2005 album Heroes of Earth.
Jin and Leehom performed their “Heroes of the Earth” collaboration live in Shanghai on 16 February 2006 at an event arranged by Chinese A&R exec Andrew Ballen. Ballen was also the first promoter to bring Jin to mainland China in 2003 for his “The Rest is History” tour.
Jin released two albums in 2006. The first one, 100 Grand Jin is a mixtape/album that was released on 29 August 2006. The single released off the album is "FYI", for which the rapper shot and released a music video. The second album released in 2006 is Jin's third LP, I Promise.
On Jin's MySpace, Jin mentioned that he was working on another English album named "Birthdays, Funerals and Things in Between". Jin premiered a song called "Open Letter to Obama" on 24 April 2007, which made him become 1st on Barack Obama's Top 8 list on MySpace.
On 16 April 2007, Jin made a tribute song to the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre called "Rain, Rain Go Away". Recently Jin has decided to make his 1 November 2006 Internet album put together by Roy P. Perez and his team of producers at Romeo Ent., I Promise, available in retail stores. It was to be released on 23 October 2007.
Jin released a new song through his MySpace page. The song is titled "Fill in the Blanks", and Jin encourages his fans to record their own verse into the song.
2008–present: Catch Adventures
He has released a demo song called "Worst Enemy" which has garnered over 130,000 views on his MySpace. He also put the song Welcome to the Light Club on his Myspace page. Jin is a Christian, stating in his song "Welcome to the Light Club" he was baptized in 2008. He has featured in Far East Movement's "Millionaire". He has done a track over a DJ Premier joint titled "World Premier". He also collaborated with producer Trendsetter aka Mark Holiday.
Jin used to reside in Hong Kong. He starred frequently in commercials there, and made numerous appearances on TVB like Big Boys Club. He is also seen as an important part of recent Asian hip hop trends.
He has recently thrown out a Hip-Hop Census in honor of the 2010 Census and Chinese New Year 2010. As said by Jin, this mixtape is open to anybody and will be mixed from the general population along with Jin. He released a mixtape entitled "Say Something", on 15 May 2010. Jin has released an album with his friend Hanjin in 2010.
On 10 July 2010, Jin collaborated with Mandarin singer Hanjin Tan (Chinese: 陳奐仁) to release another Cantonese album 買一送一(Buy one get one free). Jin also released a music video for his English single "Angels".
In December 2010, Jin joined forces with Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang to release a Christmas music video entitled "Rap Now 2010", which he performed for free. The video featured a number of lines ending with "Act Now!" (起錨), echoing a Hong Kong government slogan. A CNN report described the video as an "official eyesore" and "a political message thinly veiled as a Christmas card", and further criticised Jin's rapping as resembling "awkward nursery rhymes", in contrast to his earlier performances. However, local newspaper The Standard, in response to critics, stated in an editorial that "Tsang, like the millions who post videos of themselves or their loved ones, only wants to have fun."
On 7 March 2011, Jin released a music video for a song from his upcoming English album entitled "Charlie Sheen," collaborating with artists Dumbfoundead and Traphik/Timothy DeLaGhetto. Jin released an EP titled Sincerely Yours, a Christian-oriented and self-improvement-oriented EP featuring many positive messages about life and many insights on his own life. Jin released his new single called "Shoot for the Moon" on 4 June 2011.
On 16 May 2011, Jin released the track "AIYA" featuring label-mate, Toestah. He released a video on his YouTube channel consisting of hundreds of pictures of fans holding the aiya logo.
On 8 August 2011, Jin released an all Cantonese album, "Homecoming" in Hong Kong. And has since released several singles and music videos on YouTube.
Jin also announced that he is working on his next full English album for 2012. Jin has since returned to the United States to reside permanently in New York again.
In February 2012, Jin released a re-vamped version of his EP, Sincerely Yours 2.0, featuring some of the same lyrics, but many others changed, slightly altering the overall feel of the record.
In August 2012, Jin released his English album, "Crazy Love Ridiculous Faith," an album in which he positively addresses both Christians and non-Christians. This album is intended to show a maturity in himself, as well. He released it for free download immediately at crazyloveridiculousfaith.com .
In December 2012, Jin released an EP called "Brand New EP," which includes many new singles and also carries a very positive energy.
In 2006, the PlayStation 2/Xbox video game "NBA Ballers: Phenom" featured MC Jin as one of the rapper characters along with Ludacris and Hot Sauce.
Responding to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Jin participated with Jackie Chan and numerous other celebrities in a special three-hour charity concert on 1 April 2011 to help raise funds for Japan's disaster recovery effort.
AIYA! is Jin's catchphrase and has been used by him many times recently. It is also a typical phrase or interjection used by Cantonese people that simply means "Oh my gosh!" An image/logo has been created recently that was designed by Tom Ngo. The Logo could be printed out and then you could take a picture of yourself with it and get into the video for his song "Aiya!"(featuring Toestah). The catchphrase and its logo have been used in many places related to Jin. An "AIYA!" shirt will be available soon. Jin also refers to his fans as his "AIYAfambam" or as the "AIYAmaniacs".
|2004||"Learn Chinese" (featuring Wyclef Jean)||Jin – Learn Chinese emimusic|
|"Senorita"||Jin – Senorita emimusic|
|2005||"Top 5 (Dead or Alive)"||Todd Angkasuwan||Jin - Top 5 (Dead or Alive) (Music Video) joemsyt||Uses a collection of people voting for their top 5 rappers.|
|"Come Closer (Kohl Aaja)" (with Juggy D)||Juggy D feat Jin – Come Closer (Kohl Aaja) 2Point9Records|
|2006||"FYI"(featuring Young Mac)/"100 Grand Jin"||Todd Angkasuwan||Jin ft.Young Mac – FYI CraftyFan||Two songs.|
|2007||"Yo Yo Ma" (with Sphere)||JIN Yo Yo Ma CarlChoi||Contains a mix of languages including English, Japanese and Cantonese.|
|"ABC"||Todd Angkasuwan||Jin 歐陽靖 'ＡＢＣ' MV universalmusichk||Cantonese. Contains a short appearance of the producers of the song, Far East Movement.|
|2008||"搵兩餐"(featuring Ken Oak)||Daniel Wu / Jason Tobin||Jin 歐陽靖 '搵兩餐' MV universalmusichk||Cantonese|
|"飲啖茶"||Evan Jackson Leong||Jin 歐陽靖 '飲啖茶' MV universalmusichk||Cantonese|
|"香港Superstar"||Jason Tobin||Jin 歐陽靖 '香港Superstar' MV universalmusichk||Cantonese|
|"上堂時間"||Jin 歐陽靖 '上堂時間' MV universalmusichk||Cantonese|
|"喂喂搵邊位"||Kim Chan||Jin 歐陽靖 '喂喂搵邊位' MV universalmusichk||Cantonese|
|2010||"Angels"||Hosanna Wong||JIN "Angels" Official Music Video (2010) AyoJinTV|
|"The A List"||Carl Choi/Jin Au-Yeung||Deleted from YouTube.|
|"711" (featuring KT)||"711" – MC Jin feat. KT ayojinhk||Cantonese. Filmed in 7-Eleven.|
|"It's About Time"||Romago Presents: MC Jin "It's About Time" ayojinhk||Cantonese|
|2011||"Charlie Sheen" (with Traphik & Dumbfoundead)||Kevin Boston||"CHARLIE SHEEN" Traphik, Jin, Dumbfoundead TimothyDeLaGhetto2|
|"人氣急升"||Kevin Boston||MC Jin人氣急升MV ayojinhk||Cantonese|
|"Aiya!" (featuring Toestah)||AIYA – Jin feat. Toestah AyoJinTV||Song repeated twice to fit all pictures in.|
|"Shoot for the Moon"||Carl Choi||JIN "Shoot for the Moon" Official Music Video (2011) AyoJinTV||Song edited for video. Uses various images and video from his life and career.|
|"發咗達"||Benny Lou||MC Jin發咗達MV ayojinhk||Cantonese|
|"立立亂"||Evan Jackson Leong||MC Jin立立亂MV ayojinhk||Cantonese|
|"When The Lights Come On" (featuring Joseph Vincent)||Duno Tran||"When The Lights Come On" (Official Music Video) – Jin feat. Joseph Vincent AyoJinTV|
|2012||"率性" (with KT & Kiki Tam)||MCJin/KT/KikiTam率性MV ayojinhk||Cantonese|
|"Brand New Me"||Todd Angkasuwan||"Brand New Me"|
|"Open Arms"||Brian Tang (StopMotionClub Productions)||Open Arms|
|2013||"Feel Good" (with Toestah & Joseph Vincent)||Simon Yin||Feel Good feat. Toestah & Joseph Vincent|
|2013||"I Break Stereotypes" (with HeeSun Lee )||I Break Stereotypes" (with HeeSun Lee)|
|2003||Jin: The Making of a Rap Star||Himself||Documentary about him|
|2 Fast 2 Furious||Jimmy|
|2005||The MC: Why We Do It||Himself||Documentary|
|The Art of 16 Bars: Get Ya' Bars Up||Himself||Documentary. Volume 2 of "The MC: Why We Do It"|
|Live From New York||Himself||Documentary. Footage filmed in 2002.|
|2007||Beef IV||Himself||as a recording artist|
|No Sleep Til Shanghai||Himself||Documentary about him|
|2009||Split Second Murders 死神傻了|
|2010||Gallants||Chung Sang-mang||Major Role|
|Bruce Lee, My Brother (aka: Young Bruce Lee)||Unicorn Chan||Supporting Role|
|2011||Turning Point 2||Yeung Lap-chin||Minor Role|
|2012||The Man with the Iron Fists||Chan|
|2014||Revenge of the Green Dragons|
|20??||Street Struck: The Big L Story||Himself||Documentary. unknown release date.|
|2002||106 & Park||Himself (as a Competitor and Guest)||As Freestyle Friday competitor and guest|
|2004||Himself (as a Judge)||As Freestyle Friday Judge|
|2009||Cooking 媽嫲||Himself (as Host)|
|2010||Show Me the Happy||Himself||Episode 25|
|Jade Solid Gold||Himself (as Host)|
|Big Boys Club||Himself (as Host)|
|2011||Himself (as Host)|
|Stairway to Dragon||Himself (as Host)|
|Yes, Sir. Sorry, Sir!||Himself|
|Lives of Omission||Officer Yeung Lap-ching|
|Kung Fu Supernova||Himself (as Host)|
|Top Eats 100||Himself (as Host)|
|2012||Highs and Lows||Ng Dak-tim (Saadaam Tim)|
|2014||The Ultimate Addiction||Chu Kwok-leung|
|2011||TVB Anniversary Award for Most Improved Male Artiste||Show Me the Happy, Big Boys Club, Stairway to Dragon, Yes, Sir. Sorry, Sir!, Lives of Omission, Kung Fu Supernova, Top Eats 100||Won|
|TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Male Character||Lives of Omission||Nominated|
|2000||Grab the Mic 2000||Montu||Win|
|Icon the Mic King||Win|
|Super Bowl 2001||Esoteric||Loss|
|Scribble Jam '01||Alias||Loss|
|2002||106 & Park's Freestyle Friday||Hasan||Win||as the challenger|
|Sterling||Win||as the champion|
|Skitzo||Win||as the champion|
|Skyzoo||Win||as the champion|
|Lucky Luciano||Win||as the champion|
|Logan||Win||as the champion|
|Sean Nicholas||Win||as the champion – inducted into the Hall of Fame|
|2004||Javits Center||Kamikaze Grey||Win|
|Fight Klub Mixshow Power Summit||Wreckonize||Win|
|Fight Klub Mixshow Power Summit||Shells||Win||Won final prize of $50,000|
|JUMP OFF/Jin's 'The Rest Is History' Concert||Saint||N/A|
|2005||JUMP OFF||Professor Green||Win|
|Hot Import Nights Los Angeles||Speakz||N/A|
|Hot Import Nights San Mateo||Mistah FAB||Win|
|Fight Klub||Streetz The Block||Win|
|Fight Klub||Serius Jones||Loss|
|Fight Klub Mixshow Power Summit||Professor Green||Win||Won final prize of $50,000|
|2006||San Francisco Bay Festival||Arukasaki||Win|
|2007||Fight Klub||Iron Solomon||Loss|
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jin (rapper).|
- Official Website
- Old Website
- Jin battle rap profile on Rap Grid
- Jin at the Internet Movie Database
- Jin on Myspace
- Jin(English)'s channel on YouTube
- Jin(Cantonese)'s channel on YouTube
- Jin(English – old)'s channel on YouTube
|Awards and achievements|
|TVB Anniversary Awards|
for A Watchdog's Tale ; When Lanes Merge ; Can't Buy Me Love ; No Regrets
|Most Improved Actor
for Yes, Sir. Sorry, Sir!; Lives of Omission
for L'Escargot ; Queens of Diamonds and Hearts ; House of Harmony and Vengeance ; Tiger Cubs ; The Confidant