They say we're fools.
Our dreams are unreal.
We hope for too much.
But still we go on and up.
jason chu speaks hope and healing in a hurting world, blending high energy performances with thoughtfully crafted lyricism. As an Asian American kid in suburban Delaware, he found a vocabulary for racial identity and liberation in rap music and hip-hop culture. Starting out freestyling with friends at school, he began recording and performing music in college.
Touring extensively, jason brings a social and historical consciousness to stages and classrooms around the country and globally.
jason was a 2022 Artists at Work Fellow at the Japanese American National Museum. He has been presented on the National Mall in Washington DC (In America: Remember) and curated in the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs virtual exhibition Reimagine Public Art: House and Home (2021) and the LA County Department of Arts and Culture's 2023 public installation Illuminate LA: Collective Memory.
His music has been heard on Kung Fu (The CW), Warrior (HBO Max), Tetris Beat (Apple Arcade), Snowpiercer (TNT), and Wu Assassins (Netflix).
jason has been featured in the Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles and presented at the Getty Center, Flushing Town Hall, and the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.
As an expert on Asian American identity and hip-hop culture, jason has spoken and led workshops at colleges, conferences, community centers and beyond. He is a contributor to the St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture.
Follow jason at @jasonchumusic everywhere.
jason's work has been graciously supported by The Mellon Foundation, The Slants Foundation, Culture Surge, Equal Sound, and the California Relief Fund for Artists & Cultural Practitioners.
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Press photographs can be downloaded here.