Last month, OC Weekly's Justin Shady created a list of the Top Five Worst Black Rappers and Top Five Worst White Rappers. The following is a list of five Asian-American rappers or rap groups who have found moderate to great success in crossing the color line of hip-hop. Like the two previous lists, this one isn't meant to be comprehensive or definitive. The artists after the jump are named based on their current and former visibility in American music.
1. Far East Movement
No list of Asian rappers can be complete without mentioning Jin. Sure, he never quite lived up to the hype of winning Hall of Fame honors on BET's 106 & Park, but the freestyle emcee had swagger and rhyme skills enough to compete with other rappers. Unfortunately, his debut with the ill-fated Ruff Ryders label never quite took off. Jin battled through seven weeks of Freestyle Friday to prove to the world he was more than Chinese. Yet in his debut single, “Learn Chinese,” he failed to realize his singularity as a rapper: “I ain't ya 50 Cent / I ain't ya Eminem / I ain't ya Jigga Man / I'm a chinaman.” Unlike Eminem, who proved to the world he was more than a white kid, Jin only confirmed his opponent's most obvious attacks.