Jin The Emcee, most notably known for being one of the fiercest battle lyricists of our day, released his third album, titled I Promise, to retail stores everywhere on Tuesday (October 23).
The album, which was originally released on the net through his own MySpace page and CDBaby.com, is a personal collection of songs that Jin was able release after his contract with Ruff Ryders was dissolved.
In the past two years, Jin has focused much of his lyrical content to speaking on the world’s issues. He has traveled overseas extensively, and is currently in Shanghai once again working on new projects.
I Promise is being released through Phase One Communications, who are very excited about the project.
“Jin is a phenomenal artist,” said Frank Babar, CEO of Phase One Communications. “He offers fans a side of hip-hop music that is lacking in the market today. His track record has been consistent, and we are proud to be able to give his fans the option to find this album at retail stores.”
During the early 2000s, Jin initially made waves because of his Chinese ethnicity, but it was his freestyling ability that eventually earned him street-celebrity status and a record deal with Ruff Ryders.
With time he made his way to BET’s “106 & Park,” where he participated in one of the popular show’s “Freestyle Friday’s” competitions and won. His performance on “106 & Park” garnered him much acclaim, and he was soon offered a deal to sign with Ruff Ryders, a New York-based label that had established such premier artists as DMX, Eve, and LOX. After signing, he played a minor role in the 2003’s film “2 Fast 2 Furious” and saw his first single, “Learning Chinese,” become quite an underground success at the turn of the year.
Since his Ruff Ryders debut, The Rest Is History, he’s went on to release his second album, 2005’s The Emcee’s Properganda, which went on to sell 7,000 copies in its first week with indie backing.
In 2006, he dropped 100 Grand Jin and his third album exclusively online I Promise.
I Promise is now being released to the masses.
The album’s tracklisting is as follows:
“Doin’ What I Do” ft. Dina Rae
“Myspace Collabo” (skit)
“Perfect Strangers” ft. Bryan Ellis
“Clap Your Hands”
“Can’t Wait” ft. YungMAC
“Crafty Awards” (skit)