Miami, Florida native MC Jin’s heavy run of fame came during the early to mid 2000’s and he admits with fame came a lot of missed opportunities.
Recently sitting down with Vlad TV, the former Ruff Ryders signee talked about being in the lab with Kanye West and how his passive attitude cost him an opportunity to build with the Grammy-winning producer/rapper.
“I had a perfect opportunity to lock in the lab with Kanye, make a classic and I still think the record we make is what it is and it’s dope but is it the record that I feel I could have really, really made? No,” Jin says regarding his time spent with Kanye. “Because once again I’ll man up to this, (I’m) just hyped and gassed to be in the lab with him.”
Jin also describes creating the track “I Got a Love” with Kanye West, citing he believes he should have spent more time building with him.
“Not saying that I’m a diva, but I went in there, he had a sample that was looping on the MPC already, or the keyboard, and he’s like, ‘Yeah, I’ve been working on this, this is what I’m going to do.’ (He) plays it and I’m just like, ‘Word, cool, let’s do it… I feel like it was such a good opportunity to build and interact with him and I didn’t take advantage of it.”
Jin also describes working with Just Blaze in a similar situation.
“Blaze was cool throughout the whole thing but on my end I was just like, ‘Yo, I’m getting a Just Blaze beat. I’ll take any one.'”
MC Jin released his debut album, The Rest Is History in 2004 via Ruff Ryders. It features the singles “Learn Chinese” and “Senorita” and would eventually see him reach number 54 of the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. He is currently working on his upcoming album Hypocrite. He preformed an unreleased single called “Hypocrite” at SXSW in March of this year.
Watch Jin’s full interview with Vlad TV below: