Los Angeles, CA

Jay Park joined HipHopDX’s Editor-In-Chief Trent Clark at Comfort LA in downtown Los Angeles for the latest episode of Soulful Sundays.

The Roc Nation artist shared some fun anecdotes, such as his memorable first meeting with Beyoncé. But much of the conversation covered the challenges Park faces in the music industry, particularly as an Asian American in Hip Hop.

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Park touched on one point of frustration: being deemed “too Korean” in America (and vice versa). He also spoke on the tremendous pressure of representing multiple communities and creating a lane as opposed to following a clear career path.

“I do not take it for granted, but it is a lot of pressure because it’s kind of like being the first of your kind,” he said. “There’s nobody you can look to for a real blueprint. So, it’s like every mistake you make, it’s gonna be that much bigger.

“I’m basically writing the blueprint as I go along. And also, I’m representing for a lot of different people — people from Seattle, Asian Americans, Koreans — and so I need to make sure I move right. That’s what I’ve been thinking about a lot these days.”

Watch the entire episode of Soulful Sundays above.

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