“Find your voice, let it breathe and YOU can live beyond the edge
You can live beyond the edge
Jason Chu tells his story, as an Chinese-American rapper, who is not only trying to break into the hip hop music industry, but also trying to break the stereotype: “To the weight of a generation and a race”. Although he’s not yet “made it” to Hollywood, he doesn’t give up in continuing to spread his messages through his raps, reaching out to younger generations within his community as well as anyone else outside his culture who can relate to these struggles. Through his raps, Jason tries to uplift, motivate, and educate.
“But expectations are a burden that kept weighing me down” ; This song speaks volumes because surely, anyone can relate to feeling the pressures and burdens of friends’, family, society, and even our own expectations. Jason Chu’s lyrics spoke to me because he understands what it feels like to grow up with these expectations, especially growing up in a Chinese culture. This song gives hope, that no matter the difficulties of life, one should refocus their goals, drams, and passions. You can mentally free yourself from the people who didn’t believe in you and the ones who held you back.
He ends the song with, “Throw the shackles off your back”. In other words, don’t be tied down by negativity, you have to move past that. Most importantly, don’t lose yourself trying to please others. Free yourself, throw off the shackles. Once you find your voice and what you want to do with it, nothing else matters, just keep going.
Crystal Huang 1D08