Some ten years ago, when he was 20 years old, Jin Au-Yeung, MC Jin or just Jin, was the first Chinese rapper who signed a major recording contract, a deal that was the result of his significant freestyle rap on BET's "106 & Park." All of a sudden, Jin was in the media all around, from magazines and movies, to appearing on albums by other artists. Jin had made it big, or at least he thought he had.
Jin says: "I had just signed a recording contract with with Ruff Ryders, and whatever I had dreamed of since childhood now were within reach. When I was 16 or 17, so in my years at high school, I knew exactly what I wanted to have, Jin continues. And it all came true: I had a smashing rap career, recognition for my work, celebrity status, bucks, accounts, young women, houses and automobiles."
Jin lived in New York City, but he grew up in Miami, and by the time he was in his mid-20s, so only a few years after he signed the record deal with Ruff Ryders, his career went down and Jin learned very well what the saying "all that glitters isn't gold" meant Jin continues: "Just as quickly as my career went up, it went down. My career really sky-rocketed, I was everywhere in the public eye, and made it big in the rap community. All around was this crazy exhilaration and I was on every possible media platform". Jin even had a role in the 2003 movie "2 Fast 2 Furious" together with stars such as Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson and Eva Mendes. But as happens so often, his rise to fame wasn't lasting very long. "Then all at once, as quick as it happened, I sort of faded into obscurity," Jin added. At this point Jin came to the conclusion that it was over. He continues: "I really did not want to be in the recording industry any longer. It was unlike what I expected it to be, so I separated from the record label. That period was really difficult and felt like the dark ages."
In the period from 2005 to 2007 Jin, the Chinese-American MC, was at possibly the lowest position in not only professionally and career-wise, but also mentally, physically, and spiritually. In those years Jin was still making music "thank God," he says, "but I was only drifting around, merely hoping to get through the time day by day, feeling miserable most of the time." I remember this time too, I was taking GED classes on internet and I guess I was feeling miserable the same way MC Jin did. It started when I dropped out of high school, I won some local contest and I thought my life is great, no need to go to school and all of that. I dropped out of high school my junior year, and I have always regretted it.
I know I’m not the only one; even Edward Snowden did not complete the high school and obtain his GED at local college and today he is a smart, respectable guy. But I felt like a failure. But one day I found this website http://educatetheusa.com/and it's my hope to get my stuff together. Today, I want to set a good example for my kids and let them know how important education is. I am planning after I get my GED to go to college, and make an even better life for my family.
I try to listen to Ayo Jin music every day. He is my inspiration. I love to listen to his story and only wish there was more news about him.
But one day, all of a sudden, things changed. Jin got a telephone call that changed his life completely. He found a path that he had never thought he would go during his years as a dreaming high school but, performing countless times on BET, or committing to his recording studio work with Ruff Ryder. The call came from Hong Kong, the city where his parents grew up and emigrated from. It was in fact this telephone call that helped him realize that there was something more essential than fame and stardom, someone far greater than yourself.
Jin was invited to visit Hong Kong, and in 2008 he released his first Cantonese record but only locally. Jin thought that before he would go back home, he would be in Hong Kong for only a few months, but he stayed only to return back to New York last year. In the years in between, many things changed. Jin became religious, got married and became the father of a healthy child. Jin says "in 2008 I thought I was going to be there no more than three or four months, release a record and maybe make some money, and then go back to New York.," Well, at first it was half a year, then it became one year, and it was actually for a period of three and a half years that I was in Hong Kong." In the United States Jin had become forgotten, but what happened to Jin in Hong Kong was literally straight and full-blown fame and fortune. Jin's Cantonese album called ABC (American Born Chinese), released in 2008 only locally by Universal Music Hong Kong, very soon became platinum, and the road to glory was wide open again. Jin not only recorded music, he played in movies, appeared in television shows, and got a lot of hosting jobs. All and all, a period of very productive opportunities.
Jin continues: "What I did not realize at that time was that God was really doing good things inside of me," . He discovered that, from the very start, God guided him by bringing people into his life who showed him right direction.
At the end of 2010 Jin had become fully devoted to following Jesus Christ. For the very first time in his life, Jin had become part of a exciting church community. Jin says: "It happened actually during the last two years, and by the end of 2010 I began to see something really amazing going on. I guess it was only my reaction to certain details God was doing with my life. By this time I began to realize what the word gratitude stands for, and what grace means, the love of the Lord. The real change came when I started responding to the things that God did with me.
I see a lot of similarities to Jin in myself. Recently I also found my chance, I apply for the GED scholarship and I am looking for a bright future.
Responding in a way that I started embracing this". Jin continues: "I began truly dedicating much of my energy and time into the pleasure of pleasing God. I wanted to learn about God, wanted to serve him and grow into him". Jin was beginning to develop a healthy church life, and this was prior to Hong Kong absolutely nonexistent. Although Jin's life and worldview had changed 180 degrees, he still was serious about returning to New York City. In 2001 he married Carol, and she became pregnant with Chance, their lovely baby boy, who was born in exactly the same month that Jin celebrated his 30th birthday.