CHINA MAC, born Raymond Yu, hails from Brooklyn, N.Y. He is a shining example of how one can turn his life completely around and make his dreams come true. 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 while his music gave him a second chance at life. 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.
In addition to his budding music career, RED MONEY RECORDS music label and other business ventures, CHINA MAC continues to tell his story in hopes of inspiring other 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.
His latest video, “MAC TALK” ft. Jezz Gasoline, released earlier this year, has the internet on fire with over 700,000 views on YouTube!
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 from Hip-Hop’s next best thing.
Official video for CHINA MAC “MAC TALK” ft. Jezz Gasoline:
Official video for CHINA MAC “Johnny Dang”:
Official video for CHINA MAC “0-100 Freestyle“:
CHINA MAC “GO STUPID” *$TUPID YOUNG DISS (TAY-K HARD REMIX):