i believe
in hope.

They say we're fools.

Our dreams are unreal.

Our hope is too great.

But everyone who changed the world heard them say the same things.



Based in LA, rapper/poet/activist jason chu is on a mission to speak hope and healing in a broken world. As a solo artist and 1/3 of Asian American trap crew NITEMRKT, he blends introspective lyricism with high energy bangers and thoughtfully crafted spoken word poetry.

jason's music has been heard on Wu-Assassins (Netflix) and Warrior, seasons 1-2 (Cinemax). He has shared poetry at the Obama White House, been featured in the Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles, and presented at the Getty Center, Flushing Town Hall (with Joe Kye), the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (alongside Clairobscur Dance), and the Museum of Chinese in America. He tours extensively, with hundreds of shows across the US and worldwide.

As an expert on Asian American identity and hip-hop culture, jason has spoken and led workshops at UPenn, Dragon*Con, ArtCenter, Stanford, NYU, Yale, and beyond. He is a contributor to the St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture.

Follow him at @jasonchumusic everywhere.

jason's work has been graciously supported by The Slants Foundation, Culture Surge, Equal Sound, and the California Relief Fund for Artists & Cultural Practitioners.


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