Home Boy

Jerome Favre / AP

Hong Kong has helped Jin find new inspiration in his Chinese roots

East Asia's fledgling hip-hop scene could have asked for no better boost than the arrival of Jin Au-Yeung. The 26-year-old Chinese-American rapper relocated to Hong Kong from New York City this summer in a move either born of frustration at a flagging Stateside career or of a wish to connect more strongly with his roots (his parents are from Hong Kong) — or both.

Whatever the reason, MC Jin, as he's known professionally, has lost no time making his mark. In August, Universal Music released the Cantonese-language ABC — an...

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