MTV Asia recently caught up with Jin for a Q&A and asked whether he thought as an Asian rapper, does he think he has the responsibility of setting the standards for other Asian artists to follow. “Not really. I mean, I know the one thing I’ve always felt, and I think I can speak for on behalf of a lot of the Asians in the community, is that we certainly need more representation in [the] media, not only just rap music but all across the board,” Jin explained. “Whether it’s acting, like you have your Jackie Chans and Jet Lis, but even then, all you see them playing are certain few roles. You never see them playing anything besides a martial artist. Everybody feels we need more representation whether it be music, arts, entertainment, whatever. So for me, I always feel like, if I can contribute to that, then cool. I definitely understand the significance of me being Asian and being in a hip-hop industry or the rap industry where it’s dominantly blacks [and] Latinos. And, you know, I’m all for it. I’m all for being one of the voices but I certainly would never be like ‘Yo, I speak on behalf of the whole Asian community’ because my opinion is not the only opinion.”
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