JayyJust: More Than Your Ordinary Mandarin-Rapping Femcee

Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheaserrano@gmail.com.

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Judgmental as it might seem, when we received an email suggesting JayyJust, a bilingual femcee whose second language somehow happens to be Mandarin, for Artist of the Week, our initial thought was: "Oh, a girl rapper who raps in Mandarin? Cool. Go ahead and kill us now."

But, as these things tend to work out, JayyJust ended up being more than not terrible, she ended up being talented. And cool. And not gimmicky. And dance-tastic. And radio-ready. And just generally an interesting act, musically.

So we reached out to discuss who the five best non-English rappers are, how one learns Chinese and what exactly she's talking about when she does so.

Rocks Off: Okay, since you're a bilingual rapper, we figured you'd be the perfect person to ask the following question that's been rattling around the question bank for a good few months now: Who are the five best non-English speaking rappers? If you want to include Dizzee Rascal, that's cool. We mean, he's barely speaking English anyway.

JayyJust, "I'mma Be Me"

JayyJust: These are the Top 5 non-American hip hop artists, in my opinion:

  • MC Jin: He is a great freestyler and can battle with the best of them. He can just on on and on.
  • Pit Bull: His flow is just effortless and he is so smooth. He gets the party jumping every time.
  • Daddy Yankee: He brought reggaeton to a new level with his creativity.
  • Tasha Reid: She has that old school hip-hop vibe. You think of the Adidas jumpsuit and break dancing when you hear her.
  • 1 Tym: [They]re] Korean and they mix R&B and Pop with their style. I love them even though I can't make it all out. They have flava that is unstoppable.

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There are probably some who don't agree with the last two, but the top three are for sure.

RO: You don't think Chingo Bling needs to be on there? Is that because he stinks?

JJ: Chingo Bling?! [laughs] My mom always told me, "If you don't have nothing good to say, don't say it at all." He is almost up there with Johnny Dang.

RO: Wait, wait, wait. You're not implying that Johnny Dang is anything but incredible, are you?

JJ: Of course not. I think [him rapping is] an awesome marketing strategy.

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