Jin

But he does have potential, and songs like "Here Now," "Cold Outside," and "Thank You" show an insightful lyrical prowess that is lacking from a lot rappers these days (though it does get tiring to hear new rappers say "I'm not a gangsta"). "Get Your Handz Off" and "I Got a Love", though not perfect, show what he can do with some well-produced beats. It should be said though that his flow is noticeably flawed and sometimes jarring, and I hope someone has the guts to tell him that.

Many had doubts if he could actually carry a song when he wasn't battling someone, and though he can be insightful, he still goes for the whole "I'm better than you because I sold this much" schtick, and there's not much to back up that attitude. He doesn't exploit his Chinese heritage like most of those Def Jam poetry Asians, but "Learn Chinese" is easily the worst and most irritating song on the album. It was badly received and rightly so. He alienates most of the listeners by telling them what he's not and what they need to do (learn chinese?). I couldn't relate to this song at all, and I'm Korean-American.

Besides the identity crisis between rapping from the heart and rapping to talk big, he does talk of real issues like interracial dating, oppressed Asians, racial equality, and the consequences of the street. These aren't new issues but they have a different *slant* because he's a minority in a minority's genre, and for a world that's not ready for an Asian rapper, you can tell he's giving his all.

Bottom line = Despite flawed flow, a self-destructive single ("Learn Chinese"), and confusion about being pop or being real, Jin still manages a solid debut that probably won't get the respect it deserves, but at least paves the way for future efforts. No one can deny that he's got a spark.

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