Jin’s debut album The Rest Is History was released in 2004. The album contains seventeen tracks and brings in artists such as Wyclef, Kanye West and Swizz Beatz. The Rest Is History has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide including over 100,000 copies in the United States. It debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums for two weeks. This album also found success on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums spending 7 weeks debuting at #12. Jin’s other albums include 100 Grand Jin and I Promise.
The second track Here Now is undeniably a message to the critics and haters. He talks about his hip hop career and some of the rejection he received. His determination to be who he is and the fact that he got tired of some aspects of the hip hop scene is expressed in this song. This is a good song to include at the beginning with its thumping beat and statement. Jin’s life was intertwined with hip hop and its culture and this track’s message makes it clear.
Now here comes the banging club jam in the fifth track The Come Thru with the energy of dancing and lights. Featuring Twista, this song is directed towards the ladies in which you go into the club dressed fly and get the prettiest girl. Twista adds more energy as he is known as a tongue twisting rapper and fits nicely with the track. Jin comes through with The Come Thru as it definitely has a cool, crazy vibe.
Learn Chinese is a song that Jin uses to pronounce his culture to those who foolishly misinterpret it. I feel that this is a response to those who insulted his race and did not take him seriously because he is Asian. He is saying that you have to go by his rules if you step on his turf. Those who want him to be like the people they are familiar with, they will have to live with it, thereby being disappointed. The women singing during the song add a nice effect, especially towards the end.
Jin references his birthplace in Senorita, in which he speaks about a lady in the album’s eleventh track. One can imagine that he is talking directly to her in this song. Having a good time on the beach with your woman is a picture painted in this track. It is like one of those songs in which you meet a dream woman in a far off exotic place. Except this is familiar territory for Jin.
The hard hitting song C’Mon, the fourteenth track is another statement track aimed at, you guessed it, the haters. This track chronicles his time as a rapper. You feel the anger as Jin aims his lyrics at the haters of his fans as well. He speaks of the jealousy that has been aimed towards him as a hip hop artist. C’Mon hits like a sledge hammer especially at those who doubted that he could even be a successful rapper.
People have been moderately critical of this album saying that Jin went out of his natural element in some of the songs. Maybe so but the album does display his skills as an emcee and he will always be who he is and if he is not like the other rappers, he still brings a lyrical, heartfelt element to the hip hop game. Jin does what Jin does best.