JayyJust: Not Just A Mandarin-Speaking MC

Written by Rizoh. Posted in Spotlight

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Published on November 26, 2010 with 2 Comments

In a world where new rappers struggle to stand out, Jazsmin “JayyJust” Douglas has already found her lane. If you ran into JayyJust at the mall you wouldn’t peg her for a Mandarin-speaking MC. But she is. Her story/mission statement can be summed up in this quote from a recent Houston Press interview:

“I want to be the one that bring the two cultures together. Music is a way to do that. I started out doing this album for a tuition fundraiser only, and then I realized that we need more people to bring back music that inspires all. I love the way my Asian fans open up to hip-hop and American music.”

While I admire her originality and enthusiasm, I’m not completely sold on the whole Mandarin thing. Sure, it sets you apart immediately, but will it get you over the top? And who’s the target audience for this style? I don’t know the answers to any of that. We’ll just have to wait and see. Good thing she’s not just a Mandarin-speaking MC. Yep, she also flows in English.

Check out some of JayyJust’s music below.

As a side note, I move to retire the term “femcee” from hip-hop’s vocabulary. Personally, I will not use to describe female rappers in my writing. I’m not saying I’ve never used the term ever, I’m saying I’ll never use it again. I don’t like the idea of comparing people based on gender. It’s reductionist and sexist.

TRU

Rizoh

Rizoh is the most powerful man in all the lands. He lives in Houston where he earned a BS in Nerf Herding. He's the founder of The Rap Up, the former editor of Roc4Life.com, and is in the Grammy-awaiting band Pervertable Disciples.

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  1. While I appreciate her efforts, I think she needs to step her game up in Chinese…her accent is so thick it’s hard to understand what she’s saying. If natives aren’t feeling you in their language, you have no hope because English speakers probably won’t give her music the time of day. Interesting nonetheless though. She just needs to come correct. Many a Kpop/East Asian music star has tried to cross over here (Rain, BoA) and failed because the language thing just wasn’t working (among other issues). Good luck to her!

  2. While I appreciate her efforts, I think she needs to step her game up in Chinese…her accent is so thick it’s hard to understand what she’s saying. If natives aren’t feeling you in their language, you have no hope because English speakers probably won’t give her music the time of day. Interesting nonetheless though. She just needs to come correct. Many a Kpop/East Asian music star has tried to cross over here (Rain, BoA) and failed because the language thing just wasn’t working (among other issues). Good luck to her!

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