Ep 4 The Road Less Traveled | Jay Park: Chosen1

One of the most popular
pop stars in South Korea
is holed up, in of all places,
at his parents’ modest home
in Edmonds.
His father tells us
his son is confused
right now,
and doesn’t wanna talk.[JAY VOCALIZING]Yeah.Check it out.♪ Beautiful girls
All over the world
♪ I could be chasin’
But my time would be wasted
♪ They got nothin’ on you, baby♪ Nothin’ on you, baby ♪Yeah, I just
did it for fun. It’s kinda like that time
YouTube covers
were really big, back in the day. There’s a lot of Asian dudes,
like Filipinos
and stuff like that. They were getting, like,
millions of views. And just kinda
coverings songs that I liked, that I listen to. And so, you know,
the fans bought me,
like, a little laptop… You know, might as well
kinda just do this
little cover. I wrote it, just to
kinda show people like who I am.
You know, what I like.If I was able to chose
what I would sing to y’all,
this is kind of
what it would be.
That was like the mostfrustrating thing
that I wanted to,
like, get out.
The music that you guys
know me for
is not what represents me
as an artist or a person.
And so, I think that’s why
I was quick to do it.
My parents were like,
“No, don’t put it up.”
They’re hella worried
about just
what people would say. I don’t wanna live life, like,
always being afraid of what people will say,
and what they’ll think.I just wanna live my life.To be honest,
I thought I’d get, like,
10,000, 20,000 a day.
Got two million in a day
and shit was kinda crazy, yeah.
It gave me the thankfulness
that I have right now,
and to never take my freedom
for granted.
I wouldn’t trade my freedomor my freedom to express myself
for, you know, $100 million.
If it wasn’t for all the fans
who wanted to see me,
wanted me to come back,
I probably wouldn’t have
come back.
You know,
I wouldn’t be here right now.
Back in the day,
I didn’t feel like
I deserved all that love
from the fans.
Because, it’s like,
“Man, what did I do?
What work did I put in?”
I was in the group for a year,
and that’s it.
And so it was kinda, like,
I had to really
build myself up
in order for me to feel like
I deserve all this love.
I didn’t wanna use
my parents’ money.
I just ask around.
I was like,
“Do you guys have any job
openings or whatever
that I could do?”
Whether it be
washing dishes,
or whatever. And then he talked about
changing tires. I don’t know
anything about tires.
I don’t know anything… He was like,
“Yo, it’s easy.
Just takes one day to learn.”And then,
that’s how it happened.
It’s high-school-like?
JAY:Yeah.Just basic Edmonds
high school.
Yeah.We have a hip-hop club.Me and him,
we were actually, like,
freestyle battling
against other people
at school.
Rappin’? Yeah, freestyle rappin’. Man, I wouldn’t…
Bro, I wouldn’t even
consider it rappin’.He didn’t take it serious,
I took it seriously.
It was horrible.JAY:
That was back when, like…
Freestyle Fridays… Yeah, yeah. That’s when Jin
was everybody’s,
all Asian dudes’ heroes. We watched
all his battles. We’re reciting back
his lyrics, and we’re like,
“Ooh!” Like… Look at your Tims.
It says “Made in China.” [LAUGHTER] JAY:Actually, Chase,
can you take it for me?
This guy sucks
at taking pictures.
This came out better though.JAY:
Take it with your phone.
And you just take it far away,
just so you can get the shot.
Ancient change shot.
Me and my Korean homies
used to work here.
Remember, we used to eat
jajangmyeon and shit.
That would be like a good day.
And I remember I was
horrible at it, bro.
You know that shit right there?
You have to pop it up. I would never know
where to do it, so, I’d like,
low key like… Pick up the bottom of the car,
it’d be all dented and shit. I’d be, like…
[LAUGHS] You guys are good? JAY:My dad would just
drop me off every morning.
I’d just be like,
“All right,
I’ll see you later.”
Just sit around in the cold,
just like…
The tires would freeze
together and shit.
You have to, like…So, do they know who you are?Yeah, they know.I mean, ’cause
my friend told them.
My friend was like,
“Yo, you know this guy,
da, da, da, da.”
It’s them having
Korean-American kids,
I think they fell for me,
and so they’re like,
“Yeah, we can give him a job.
Tell him to come through, so.”
Some reports of rumors
at that time that Jay’s working
in a tire shop… I’m like, “Damn,
that’s like crazy.” What a fall. Yeah. Yeah, but to me
it was like… You know,
I was, like, “Whatever.
It is what it is.” You take it as it comes,
like, day by day. Like whatever life gives you
is what life gives you. Whether it’s good or bad. And I don’t even
consider this bad. DONNIE: Right.
It’s just an honest… Yeah, it was cool.
It was cool. Hey, Po,
you need some tires?♪ Tryna find my inner peace
like I’m Buddha
♪ But I got these haters
sticking to me like a tumor
Tryna pass this bread around
the team like a rumor
Shoutout to the real♪ Amen
♪ Crowd full of… ♪DUMBFOUNDEAD:
Asian culture is finally cool.
K-pop is global now, right?And people know
what that is.
You know,
as a genre you say that
you automatically visualize
the colorful music videos,
big productions.
I’ll tell you right now,
there’s no better time
that literally right now
to be an Asian-Americantrying to break through
in the entertainment industry.
[K-POP MUSIC PLAYING] We have done the work.
We have to work extra hard. Every Asian person
in this country,every minority in this country
has worked harder
than the average
common Westerner
to get to where we are.
As talented members
of this society,
we have lots to offer.
And by silencing our voices,they were muting themselvesfrom a whole group of talent
and great ideas.
And now that you have more
Asian-American writers, screenplay writers,
film directors,
cinematographers, musicians, singers,
producers, engineers,
executives,everything has changed,
so all these things
are important
for this country to be
the best that it can be,
’cause it has all these assets.
We should use it,
and we are great assets.
We’re great people.
We were always so optimistic.
Every year, early 2000s
till now we were, like,
“This is the year.
This is the year.”
It was not the year.
Literally, this year,
2018 is the year
that, like, Asian-Americans are
breaking through in the
entertainment industry.And it’s clear.
You see it.
You go on social media.You see movies,
you see projects,
whether it’s TV, film music,
there is a presence there.
That doesn’t mean it’s gonna be
easier for him either,
because there’s
gonna be a lot of
Asian-American musicians.
I don’t think being an
is necessarily just
a unique thing anymore.
You can’t use that
as a crutch.
You have to be good.[RAPPING]Look, I’m the only person,
probably, on this line-up
that took a plane
from a different country,
and came all the way here
to perform for you guys.
[CROWD CHEERING]So I thank you
for the love.
Let me introduce you to
where I came from.
This next one’s called
Soju. MIKEY:I definitely think
this is a huge, huge moment.
Jay Park signs with Roc Nation.And Roc Nation…
I don’t care where you are,
where you’re from,
it’s the creme de la creme
when you think of music.
These are Roc-A-Fella Records,
these are the labels
we grew up on,
and they carry a certain
level of prestige.
So, it’s like…
The best people here have…They believe in Jay Park,
they believe he’s gonna be
the next superstar.
So, I think whether or not
this album goes on to sell
ten million copies,
I think it’s definitely
a huge moment.
It’s something that the world
is paying attention to,
Everyone is looking
right now to see,
“Okay, is it gonna work?”
Because if it does work,
you’re gonna see
the snowball pattern of every major label
in the stage,
trying to signthe next group,
the next generation
of Korean artists.
[CROWD CHEERING] I think the blending
of cultures is beautiful. Everybody’s eating cuisines
from different cultures.And it’s the same thing
with music.
You make things
to want to share it
with people.
You know,
you make music
because you want to be
acknowledged by it.
You want people to hear it.
You want everybody to love it.
You want it to transcend
age and race, and so, I think
that’s what’s beautiful
about hip-hop.
There’s so many genres
that are mixed into hip-hop
right now.
It’s like
everything’s blending.
You know, you can be
an Asian dude from the suburbs
and still be authentic
and still be real about it,
you know.
I do not take it for granted.I’m very true to it.
I study up on it,
so that I don’t disrespect
the culture.
I still have a passion for it,
where it’s, like, very pure.
And I think that’s what
gives me longevity.
It’s because I do have a true,
authentic passion for hip-hop.
I’ve been going to his gym
for about three years now.
Training with him.
He’s like the same age as me.
And he’s a good guy,
but all he knows is fighting.
He really doesn’t know
how to brand himself,
how to market himself.
This one day he was like,
“You know, I don’t really know
anybody in the industry.
“I just left my agency.
Can you help me out?”
And so right when he
said that, I was like,
“Get down with AOMG.”
And, so, yeah, I mean,
ever since then we’ve been
managing his social media,
and kinda get his
presence up, basically.
With MMA fighters,
like Korean Zombie,
they train for months.They kill their bodies,
they sacrifice so much.
They sacrifice time
with their families. They sacrifice
eating good food,having a good time,
meeting their friends.
You know, and just
living life, basically, to go and get punched
in the face. You know, despite
the fighting and the outcome,I think the message is like,they just keep getting
back up. They train again, and they work towards
something. And they have hope.
They have faith in something, to make them get up every day
and to go train again,
and to get back in the ring,and to get punched in the face
again or punch people
in the face again.
And to just have that hope
and faith and that passion
and discipline.
Um, and be willing to sacrifice
everything for something is,
I think, it’s beautiful.And I think that is
the bigger message.
It’s Vic Mensa.
I’m at the Off Route festival. I’m psyched to be here.
Shout out to Jay Park
for having me. The festival is phenomenal.Got a great line-up.And introducing me
to a lot of new artists.
I just been learning about
Korean rap while I’ve been
out here.
This is my first time
in Korea.
And I’ve heard some
really, really dope…
Some really dope music.And, uh, some artists
that I’m definitely
following later on.
♪ Cruising in a drop top
Girl, show me your tatas
♪ We some kungfu masters
Kickin’ it, kickin’ it
♪ Hotter than Sriracha
Fancy like a lobster
♪ Soju fully stocked up
Sippin’ it, sippin’ it
♪ Look at the team we shinin’
Ben Baller did our chain
♪ They call me King
Your Highness
Don’t f… up my fung shui
♪ Baby girl, let’s run a way
Bali, Jeju in a day
♪ Lord, please just
keep us safe
Board the plane
♪ Takin’ off, we takin’ off
Takin’ off
♪ These haters hating
We shake it off, shake it off
♪ We breaking bread
Break it off
Break it off
♪ We poppin’ tags
We don’t care the cost ♪
JAY:Really be passionate
about something.
What moves you,
you gotta know what moves you
or what do you hold
most dear to your heart.
You know, know what
you’re capable of
and don’t sell yourself short.
And just be true to yourselfand be true to whatever
craft you’re in.
You know, don’t take
any shortcuts
’cause you know,
you can’t fool the world.
You can’t fool the culture
or the art form.
You know, eventually,
it will expose you.
Basically, if you’re
not true to it,
it’ll come back to you.
If everybody takes
a certain road,
then you’re just inclined
to take that road
because it’s easier.
People don’t like to take
unfamiliar roads
’cause it’s uncomfortable,
it’s scary.
You don’t know what to expect,
you don’t know what to predict.
Me, I have the faith
and I have the confidence
in myself
to take the road less traveled,
even though it might take
twice as long to get there
and it might be three times
harder to travel it.
I’m willing to, you know,
put that work in
and to travel that road
to get to something
that might be greater.
Yeah, yeah, look♪ Tryna find my inner peace
like I’m Buddha
♪ But I got these haters
sticking to me like a tumor
Tryna pass this bread around
the team like a rumor
Shoutout to the realAmen
Crowd full of camera phones
Everyone’s a shoota
Old acquaintances actin’
like they never knew ya ♪
There ain’t
no artist management
like Roc Nation. Jay Electronica, The Lox,
Victory, Belly, Jay Park. Shit. The list goes on
and on, man. Cheers to the Roc! [IN KOREAN] I always forget
until I see him
like out on stage. And like, he kills it
and it’s like this
whole other world that opens up to you
and stuff and you’re like… Damn, is this the guy
that I used to try to beat up with him and his cousin
and my brother and this stuff. And then, we’d go,
we’d just get beat up.
[LAUGHS] I don’t think
I’ve ever seen Jay pop off
on anybody. Have you guys? No. I’ve also been
seeing him do UFC
on his Instagram. So, if he did get mad,
he’d probably break
somebody’s face. [LAUGHS] Or you can get
Korean Zombie to do that. [IN KOREAN] He started a YouTube channel and I was like one
of the first YouTube channels that he followed. And then, all his fans
like hit me up, like, “Yo, you know that
Jay Park follows you?” And at the time,
I’m like, “Who’s Jay Park?” ‘Cause my name
is Jonathan Park. Talked to my mom,
my mom knows about Jay Park. You know, and I’m all like,
“Oh snap, like this dude
is kind of a big deal.” [IN KOREAN] I remember I walked in,
there’s like… …banchan on the table
and shit, like… He spoke English really well, and I was like surprised.
I was like, “Oh shit.” First thing I thought,
I was like, “Man,
this dude is really cute.” You know what I’m sayin’?
This dude is a cutie pie,
right here. Like, this dude
is like super handsome,
like, I can’t take him serious. He likes pizza, and he’s crazy
about ginger shots
for some reason. But, you know,
to other people,
he’s way up here. So, yeah, I would probably
just introduce him as,
“Yo, that’s the homie Jay. “He’s uh, yeah,
he’s crew, he’s family.”

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