CHOPS

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Scott Jung
Also known as CHOPS
Origin Philadelphia
Genres Various
Instruments Piano, keyboards, guitar, drums
Years active 1993–present
Labels Ruffhouse Records (U.S.)
Pimpstrut Records (U.S.)
Babygrande Records (U.S.)
Associated acts Mountain Brothers, Kanye West, Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, The Lonely Island
Website www.chopsmusic.com
Notable instruments
Piano, keyboards, drums

CHOPS is the stage name of Scott Jung, also known as Scott Chops Jung, an Asian American hip hop producer, rapper and former member of the Asian American Hip-Hop group, the Mountain Brothers. Jung grew up in Philadelphia and has Chinese ancestry. While with Mountain Brothers, he became known for using a combination of programmed and live instruments in his work, as opposed to sampling the work of others.[1] Since the disbanding of the Mountain Brothers, CHOPS has worked primarily as a producer, with his most high profile piece being the critically acclaimed 2011 video for Lonely Island entitled "The Creep." [2]

Early Life[edit]

Chops and his family never stayed in a certain location for a long time. They were constantly moving from place to place which caused Chops to have short term relationships. Though he did not have long time relationships with his friends he did share a common interest with his brother; making music. Chops passion for making beats began with his friend from high school. His friend took to school a device that transformed Chop’s life forever. It was a drum machine and Chops began to copy beats from his favorite song, “Walk this way” by Run DMC. Ever since Chops got his hands on that device he couldn’t stop, making beats was his life. Since his family was constantly on the move he had one thing that wouldn’t change; music, so his mother bought him an electric keyboard and his brother a guitar. Chops always was supported by his family; his mother and brother. “My brother has a band and I do mostly key.” Chops enrolled in many music courses while attending Penn State but did not major in music. His parents did not want him to major in music because they thought it was not a stable career. [3]

Strength in Numbers[edit]

After the Mountain Brothers went their own ways Chops still produced music. Chops’ passion is and always will be music so he decided to continue to pursue it. Chops became a father and started to question how he can contribute to the world in order for it to better for his daughter; societal norms. Which is what lead to Chops’ creation of the album; Strength in Numbers, which consists of a collaboration with talented Asian American artists and himself. Strength in Numbers was completed over a period of two years; started in 2011. Chops wanted this album to be a mixture with himself (producer) and artists to create a great album composed of pure Asian American artists that had great talent. The birth of this album was because Chops wanted people to dismantle the stereotypes and let the music speak for itself instead of the way the artists’ looks. Chops as other Asian American artists have been prejudged that they are not capable of creating great music because of their ethnicity. Mainstream media does not have many Asian American rappers so Chops believes that this album is a way for everybody to listen that Asian Americans; as any other race, has the talent and should be acknowledged. Chops album Strength in Numbers consists with over thirty artists. When Chops was is in the Mountain Brothers; they would step on stage and everybody would assume their music would not be good, but after they performed everybody was amazed of their talents. “I remember this one guy connected with a big label that said, ‘You know what ya should do? Wear karate suits and hit gongs, ya know what I mean? Stuff like that, stuff with yo culture.’ I was born in New Jersey man.”[4]

Film Score Composing[edit]

Chops also composed the original score for Ursula Liang's documentary 9-Man (film) (2014), about a sport played by Chinese American men in New York City. The film won a Best Documentary award at the 2014 CAAMFest, as well as a Special Jury Prize for Best Director - Documentary Feature and an Audience Award for Documentary Feature from the 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.[5] The documentary was also nominated for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary at the 2014 Hawaii International Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at the 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.[6]

Discography[edit]

Film Scores[edit]

With the Mountain Brothers[edit]

  • 1999: Self: Volume 1 (Self Released)
  • 2002: Microphone Phenomenal (Babygrande Records)
  • 2003: Triple Crown (Babygrande Records)

Albums[edit]

  • 2003: Food For Naught (Day by Day Entertainment, Inc.)
  • 2003: My First Break Record (Brick Records)
  • 2004: Virtuosity (Good Vibe Recordings)
  • 2004: Look What I Found In My Backpack
  • 2004: 20 Piece Bucket Breaks (Brick Records)
  • 2005: Gangsta Breaks (Brick Records)
  • 2006: Dark (Image Music Group)
  • 2014: Strength In Numbers

Mixtapes[edit]

  • 2002: Hidden Gemz (mixed & hosted by DJ Excel) (Offishal Fully Records)
  • 2004: The Chef Vs. The Butcher (with Raekwon, mixed by DJ Lt. Dan)
  • 2004: By Hook Or By Crook (with G-Unit, mixed by DJ Lt. Dan)
  • 2005: Ol' Dirty Bastard: The Return of Osirus (with DJ Lt. Dan, DJ Strong)
  • 2006: It's Going Down: National Champs (with Paul Wall, DJ Clue)
  • 2007: 9th Year Freshman (with 9th Wonder)
  • 2009: Chops Best Remixes Vol. 1
  • 2009: Glass Ceiling
  • 2009: Chops Best Remixes Vol. 2
  • 2009: A Lot On My Plate But Still Hungry
  • 2011: Songs Your Girl Likes

Production[edit]

Bahamadia - BB Queen (2000)

  • 3. "Special Forces" (feat. Chops, Rasco, and Planet Asia)

Hieroglyphics – Hiero Imperium Presents: The Corner (2005)

  • 10. Everybody's Gangsta

Ol Dirty Bastard - Osirus (2006)

  • 3. "Go Go Go" (feat. Blahzay Blahzay)
  • 9. "Don't Stop Ma (Out of Control)"
  • 12. "Down South"

DJ Clue? - The Professional 3 (2006)

  • 9."Grill and Woman" - (by Mike Jones, Paul Wall and Bun B)

Young Jeezy - The Inspiration (2006)[edit]

  • 19. "National Anthem" (iTunes bonus track)

Chamillionaire - Ultimate Victory (2007)[edit]

  • 16. "We Breakin Up"

Bun B - II Trill (2008)[edit]

  • 03. "Damn I'm Cold" (feat. Lil Wayne)
  • 18. "Keep It 100"

Sway - The Signature LP (2008)[edit]

  • 11. "Stereo"

San Quinn - "From A Boy to a Man" (2008)[edit]

  • 04. "Double Dose of Gangsta" (featuring CHOPS)
  • 17. "Devotion" (featuring Too Short, Mistah F.A.B. and Chops)

Keak Da Sneak "Deified" (2008)

  • 19. "I Get It In" (featuring San Quinn, Chops & Bra Heff)

All City (San Quinn, Big Rich, Boo Banga) - 41 Feva (2008)

  • "Get It Anyway We Can"

Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn "Welcome To Scokland"

  • 2. "Welcome to Scokland"
  • 4. Streetz Don't Lie

Chamillionaire - Venom (2010)[edit]

  • 00. "The Main Event"

Nappy Roots - Pursuit of Nappyness (2010)

  • 6. "How I Do"
  • 11. "Know About Me"
  • 14. "Paint A Picture"
  • 16 "All For You"

The Lonely Island - Turtleneck & Chain (2011)[edit]

Bambu - ...one rifle per family (2012)

  • 4. "Rent Money" (featuring Rocky Rivera)

The Lonely Island - The Wack Album (2013)

  • 10."I'm a Hustler (Song?)"
  • 12."I Run NY" (featuring Billie Joe Armstrong)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hiphop-elements.com/article/read/6/5246/1/
  2. ^ http://blog.istandardproducers.com/2011/02/producer-chops-on-making-the-creep/
  3. ^ AArising. “A-Profiler Interview: Music Producer CHOPS. Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 21 Oct. 2013. Web. 10 Nov. 2015.
  4. ^ StudioAPA. “Strength In NUMBERS - CHOPS Personal Statement.” Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 1 Nov. 2013. Web. 5 Nov. 2015.
  5. ^ IMDb, 9-Man: Awards & Nominations, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2986300/awards?ref_=tt_awd
  6. ^ Id.

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