The Rest Is History

The Rest Is History

by Jin


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Jin isn't a standard rapper, and his long-delayed debut album, The Rest Is History, certainly isn't a standard rap album. It seems as though it was intended to be a standard rap album, for commercial reasons, but in the end it's not. You see, Jin is a Ruff Ryder -- that loose network of New York-area rappers who were once red-hot (back when DMX was on fire, back in the late '90s) but were by this point, in late 2004, quite passé (the only still-successful Ruff Ryders, the LOX guys, had long ago distanced themselves from the brand). However, Jin, an especially gifted Chinese-American rapper from Chinatown, isn't your typical Ruff Ryder. He has an amazing command of the English language and is best known for his ability to freestyle; his life experiences, though, are vastly different from his fellow Ruff Ryders, who are mostly all hardcore rappers. Unlike them, Jin doesn't rap about guns, drugs, money, sex, hustling, and all that stuff. He's much more earnest -- an amiable young man with good intentions who has made it this far because of an exceptional work ethic and sheer talent, not because he's down with anyone's posse or because he has a criminal back story à la 50 Cent. Plain and simple, Jin is exceptionally gifted, and that's very apparent throughout The Rest Is History. In fact, Eminem is probably his closest contemporary in terms of comparison -- both are outsiders recognized for their rapping ability, not their street cred. The difference is, Eminem is in sole control of his music while Jin isn't. Throughout The Rest Is History, he's forced into the Ruff Ryder mold, and it's not an ideal fit (he'd fit the Quannum mold much more naturally). Still, there are some songs here that don't feel forced. "Get Your Handz Off" gets the album off to a lively start, "The Come Thru" is a fun collaboration with Twista, "Learn Chinese" is the most personalized song here (and for that reason, the album highlight), and there are trademark contributions from both Just Blaze ("Club Song") and Kanye West ("I Got a Love"). Plus, some of the late-album tracks, the album-closing "Thank You" especially, shine because they're not so commercially molded, allowing Jin to do what he does best -- rap from the heart rather than with a particular style in mind. The Rest Is History showcases Jin's talents at length, but its stilted moments are as plentiful as its impressive ones, if not more so, perhaps explaining why it took the album a year to see the light of day.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/2004
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724358408720
catalogNumber: 84087
Rank: 159944

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jin   Primary Artist,Rap
Jerry Barnes   Guitar
Bernard Grobman   Guitar
Jef Lee Johnson   Guitar
Wyclef Jean   Rap
Twista   Rap
Kanye West   Rap
Swizz Beatz   Rap
Ayeesha   Vocals
L.T.   Rap
Ken Lewis   Acoustic Guitar,Strings
Lyfe   Vocals,Track Performer
Caryn Golonka   Vocals
Styles P   Rap
Rja Smith   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ernie Isley   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
Bernard Grobman   Producer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Chris Steinmetz   Engineer
Cam Wilson   Composer
Elite   Producer,Audio Production
Neo   Producer,Audio Production
Wyclef Jean   Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Producer
Randy Williams   Engineer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
R. Harrell   Composer
J. Smith   Producer,Audio Production
C.C. Mitchell   Composer
J.R.   Producer,Audio Production
Jay "Icepick" Jackson   Executive Producer
R. Wilson   Composer
Tuneheadz Productions   Producer
Mister Devine   Producer
Craig Brodhead   Executive Producer
Darrin "Dee" Dean   Executive Producer
Joaquin "Waah" Dean   Composer,Executive Producer
S. Martin   Composer
Ken Lewis   Producer,Instrumentation
Brent Kolatalo   Engineer
Kwamé "K1Mil"   Producer
Randy "Okre Boy" Williams   Engineer
Sergio "Sergical" Tsai   Engineer
Firon "4-Ron" Chisholm   Engineer
K. Holland   Composer

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The Rest Is History 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is great. The lyrics are great. Its awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
we recommend you to buy this CD. This CD is sung by an asian rapper named Jin. Jin has a fasinating voice and amazing backround music. one of our favorite songs is "Learn Chinese" This CD is not expensive. It was made in the year 200. We give this CD 6 thumbs up. So we are telling you to go buy this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jin's long awaited debut album is off the hook! As a Chinese American I have been waiting for someone to represent my culture and values in the rap business. Jin is it! His cd is definetly one of the better releases I have heard in a long time. The best thing about Jin is that he doesn't get caught up in "rapper" stereo-type. This directly effects his music and his lyrics are from the heart, unlike many of the other artists who songs are filled with the same old lines dealing with guns and drugs. Jin's cd has a nice variety of raps including some slower beats. The cd also has a hot track with Twista. Jin does a great job establishing himself as a rap artist and not just a sic freestyler with his debut album.