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            Jin Auyeung


            Through sheer talent and determination, Jin Au-Yeung has made musical history. In 2002, he became the first full-blooded Asian-American rapper to sign a deal with a major record label. Jin's rise to fame began in Miami, Florida where he was born and raised. The son of Chinese immigrants, Jin watched his parents work extremely hard every day as they ran their own restaurant. In junior high, Jin became fascinated with hip-hop music and dreamed of becoming a professional rapper. He was inspired by artists such as Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, The Notorious B.I.G. and other New York rappers from the early 1990's, an era now referred to as The Golden Age. Realizing he had a talent for freestyling, he would perform for his classmates, co-workers and whoever would listen. Jin began entering freestyle battles in local hip-hop clubs where he was usually the only Asian person around. He was often underestimated due to his Chinese ethnicity. But Jin's talent won the crowds over and he was awarded the championship every time. He quickly developed a reputation as Miami's cleverest hip-hop lyricist. But in the hip-hop world, Miami is known more for bass-heavy dance music than clever lyrics. He knew this would be another obstacle to overcome in order to gain acceptance. In 2001, his parents decided to move the family to Chinatown, New York City. Jin realized that living in the birthplace of hip-hop would be a huge stepping stone to making his dream come true. He began performing freestyles and selling his own mixtapes on the streets, in hip-hop clubs and wherever he could. He quickly gained a huge following just as he had done in Miami. His big break came when the BET program "106 & Park" began inviting local rappers to have freestyle battles every Friday. Jin was ready for the national exposure. He auditioned and again was underestimated due to his race. But Jin proved everyone wrong by winning the battles week after week. After winning for seven weeks straight, Jin was inducted into the show's Hall of Fame. That same night, he announced that he had signed a deal with Ruff Ryders; the same record label as DMX, Eve and Jadakiss. Since then, Jin has been profiled in numerous newspapers and magazines. In 2002, he landed the role of Jimmy in the film 2 Fast 2 Furious. He also has been recording his album which will debut in October 2004. He hopes to be someone that other aspiring Asian-American rappers can look up to. After much hard work, Jin's dreams of acceptance and success in hip-hop music have come true.