Jin, the Asian rapper who landed a record deal with Ruff Ryders while becoming a battle champion on 106th and Park just dropped a new video for his single “Learn Chinese.” Oliver Wang posted his thoughts about the video on his weblog. And so begins the culture critiques that will mark Jin’s career more than his musical talent.
Oliver aka O-Dub doesn’t mention whether the song is any good or not. “I do find the video fascinating,” is the most we get. The rest is a break down of the socio-racial implications of what Jin chose to write and display in his first ever video. Yikes. I hope the kid has a degree in something because he’s gonna need some learnin just to read his own album reviews!
Here’s a part of O-Dub’s post that I find kinda funny:
“That said, the video for “Learn Chinese” is rife with problems. One of the biggest and most obvious is Jin’s gender politics – women figure in this video like they figure in most rap videos: sex objects desired for nothing more than their bodies.”
Rife with problems? When did sexy women in a club, happy-happy video become a problem? I think O-Dub, as an Asain hip-hopper himself is asking too much from the young kid.
But I understand what’s up. When Jin’s album drops he’ll become the resident hip-hop pundit that will represent the voice of all Asian rap fans out there. Who needs a quote from Oliver Wang or Jeff Chang when you got a Ruff Ryder ready to speak? I’m not saying O-Dub is jealous, but I certainly understand if he’s scared. I’m a conservative leaning Black man who has to deal with the stupid things Stanley Crouch writes three times a week. Trust me, I understand.
So even though O-Dub says Jin’s video is “disappointing and generic” I think he needs to watch out for the same traps in his own reviews. (And I like his weblog, so don’t beast.)