Interviews China Mac

Published on August 21st, 2017 | by Jerry Doby


Meet Re-Emerging Rising Star China Mac

China Mac is a Chinese-American, Brooklyn-born rapper and former gang member who was released from jail last year after serving an 11-year prison sentence for shooting — and partially paralyzing — fellow rapper Christopher Louie back in 2003. After being released in 2014 he got caught up in a situation which got him got remanded. The judge threw him an additional year and a half for violating parole. While incarcerated ChinaMac got a lot of support, his loyal supporters/TEAM keep his music alive and keep the movement going. On May 22, 2017 ChinaMac was released from prison and is back at it like he never left. ChinaMac displays what New Yorkers calls “hunger”, since his return he has not left the studio putting all his passion into what he loves to do the most, RAP….

Mac, whose real name is Raymond Yu, did not have the typical upbringing. His father was part of the Flying Dragons, a well-known and extremely violent Chinese American gang that was heavily active in the ‘80s for murders, kidnapping and drug trafficking. Read the full history of China Mac and his early life on the story is no joke!

His latest video called Johnny dang is probably one of the best visual metaphors for real life that I’ve seen. It’s cinematic but straight forward and clear cut storytelling.

We’re glad China Mac decided to weigh in with The Hype Magazine as he begins his music journey once again. Real life incidents aside, his music rings true for a growing audience whose voices are ignored.

From the outside looking in, who is China Mac?

China Mac is an underdog. A people’s champ. I came from literally nothing. I lost everything and kept my head high and never let it kill my dream. China Mac is proof that nothing can stop you unless you allow it to.

What brought you to the entertainment industry, music specifically?

Music has played a huge role in my life since I was a teenager. I have always had dreams of making it big as a rapper. But it’s the feeling that I get when I people are really rocking with my *ish. When people who never met you before know the entire lyrics to your songs. The feeling I get when people come up to me and tell then how much my music means to them. Once I got a taste of that I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

What do you want people get from your music?

Inspiration. Whether they like it or not I did my job if they walked off inspired to something greater for themselves.

Tell us about your current project.

I have a project called M.I.T.M about to drop. It is a mixtape that has that authentic NYC feel. I have a bunch of features on it.. Jadakiss, Young M.A, Dave East, Cory Gunz. I have production from Buck Wild on it and it’s hosted by The Mad Rapper.

For new listeners, what song of yours would you pick as an introduction to you as an artist?

Start off with 0-100 freestyle which has 668,000 views, then check out Going Down ft Dave East. From there you should be hooked and everything else is right there at your fingertips.

Hip Hop 5/5…nuff said ~ JD

Tell us a bit about your work and passions OUTSIDE of music…

I am an actor as well. I am currently on the web series called RESPECT LIFE. I have aspirations on doing big things with my acting skills and look forward to hitting that big screen.

Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” aka WTF?! moment…

Lol.. I dont know.. Do you mean with music? Well my craziest WTF moment in life was when my man’s mom’s grabbed my di*k and licked her lips. I was definitely like WTF..hahaha..

Instagram: @ChinaMacMusic

Twitter: @chinamacmusic


Bonus: China Mac speaks his mind after being release from prison:





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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.

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