CHINA MAC, born Raymond Yu, hails from Brooklyn, N.Y. He is a shining example of how one can turn his life completely around. MAC, who once led a life of crime and violence,is now an up-and-coming Rap artist, entrepreneur and owner of his very own record label, RED MONEY RECORDS.
His father was part of the Flying Dragons, a well-known and extremely violent Chinese American gang. He admits that acceptance was the driving force behind him joining the gang.
His life of crime eventually led to him serving an 11-year prison sentence. “I did a lot of stupid shit. I did a lot of stuff to cause pain and grief for people that didn’t deserve it. For that I regret it. I did some other things where I hurt people that didn’t deserve it. Now as I’m older, in retrospect, I look back at it with an air of ‘I shouldn’t have done that.’ But you live and you learn. If I didn’t do those things I probably wouldn’t be the person I am today.”
MAC was introduced to hip-hop at 8 years old and quickly fell in love with it. As a teenager, he would write rhymes and and engage in freestyle battles whenever the opportunity presented itself.
Upon his release from prison, he decided to follow his passion for music. He began recording professionally with his engineer H.D.M.I. at SIGNATURE SOUNDZ STUDIOS in Jamaica, Queens.
He attracted a buzz almost immediately! All of the time he spent in prison perfecting his emcee skills was finally paying off. The word spread quickly about this Chinese-American rapper named CHINA MAC, who spit bars like a machine gun. This was the beginning of a new chapter in his life.
The studio became his second home. To date, MAC has recorded songs with some of Hip-Hops best and brightest emcees, such as JADAKISS, DAVE EAST, YOUNG MA and COREY GUNZ.
His latest single, “Johnny Dang”, will be released on May 25,2017. The video for “Johnny Dang”, as well as his other videos, are available for viewing on YouTube.
In addition to his RED MONEY RECORDS music label and other business ventures, CHINA MAC continues to tell his story in hopes of inspiring young men to follow their dreams and not sell themselves short with a life of crime. He was recently featured in a documentary on Rikers Island correctional facility, titled “RIKERS”, which premiered November 15, 2017 on PBS’ channel THIRTEEN.
CHINA MAC is living proof that the mistakes we make in life do not have to dictate the rest of our lives and stop our dreams.
Be on the lookout for more dope music anfrom Hip-Hop’s next best thing. His latest mixtape “GRINDING” is currently available on BandCamp, SoundCloud and YouTube. Check it out!
Instagram: @ChinaMacMusic, @REDMONEYRECORDS
New Video “Johnny Dang” link: youtu.be/-csyLi1djt0