Ajojin told his story during the recent interview:
My career really skyrocketed, 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 the 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 a local college and today he is a smart, respectable guy. But I felt like a failure. But one day I found this website with practice tests 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 the 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 an 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.