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Jeff Chang - Music Journalist/Hip-Hop Activist
Posted: 08/28/2006

Who:
Jeff Chang

What do you do:
Music Journalist, Hip-Hop Activist

Where do you work:
Bay Area, California

When did you realize your interest in Hip-Hop:
I think I was in my mid-20s before I realized that hip-hop
had really grown up with me.

Why be a music journalist:
I had done a little column in an Asian American newspaper
during college, but this was where I think I truly began to find my
voice. The artists and stories I was drawn to usually had some sort of
political component to them. I felt--and still do--that hip-hop was
telling the untold stories, and over time, I began to think it was my
responsibility to help some of these stories be told to larger
audiences.

How would you advise others:
Interview your loved ones first. You'd be surprised what you don't
know. That's more humbling, and better training than most assignments.