Rapper | Activist | Educator
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.
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 Slants Foundation, Culture Surge, Equal Sound, and the California Relief Fund for Artists & Cultural Practitioners.
jason's work as a rapper and Asian American cultural expert has been covered by
- Nextshark, ‘We here and we rappin’: Bay Area seniors welcome Year of the Rabbit with rap music video (Instagram)
- NPR, San Francisco Chinatown seniors welcome in the Lunar New Year with rap
- NBC Bay Area, “OGs stands for the Original Grandmas!” (YouTube)
- Bomb Magazine, Influences: Performing Arts
- LA Downtown News, Museum Combats Hate With An American Vocabulary
- Instagram, Reels We Loved This Week (Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Edition)
- Jubilee Media, Rappers Rank Themselves by Talent (Artists vs Audience)
- Scripps / ABC 10, Artists and musicians surviving pandemic with fellowships that focus on education
- LAist / KPCC, A Mob Killed A Tenth of LA’s Chinese Population. 150 Years Later, There's A Push To Remember.
- Jubilee Media, Spectrum: Is Hip-Hop Misogynistic?
- Twitter, #TwitterIgnite
- BBC (2), What attacks on Asians reveal about American identity
- VPRO, The World of the Chinese: United States
- Mic, "The Mahjong Line debacle is the latest in a long history of Asian erasure" (Jan. 8, 2021)
- NBC 2 (Boise, ID)
His music has been covered by
- South China Morning Post, Asian hate crime: Asian-American rappers, actors and more join forces to fight back with album Face Value
- Fox 5 Atlanta, Asian American Hip-Hop Artists Create Album Dedicated to AAPI History
- The Communitarian, Rapper Jason Chu talks music, activism, and the Asian American experience
- Newsy, Hip-Hop History: Dropping The Beat On AAPI Artists
- Nextshark, Album Highlighting Asian American History Released for AAPI Heritage Month
- ABS-CBN News, "Pinoy, Asian-American artists unite in album against Asian hate crime"
- Hype Magazine, "Rappers jason chu and Alan Z Announce “Face Value” Hip Hop Album Highlighting Asian American History for APA Heritage Month"
- asian cinevision
- South China Morning Post
- Yahoo! Lifestyle, Check Out the Best Rap Song About Bao You’ll Hear Today
- CGTN America
- Character Media
He has been a guest on podcasts including:
Press photographs can be downloaded here.