On October 9, the American news outlet published an interview they recently had with the Asian American rapper.
First, Jay Park reveals his initial motives in entering the entertainment was simply to help his struggling family. "At that time, it was just me, and mom and my brother, having money problems. We couldn't pay the electric and water bill", explained Jay Park.
After passing JYP Entertainment auditions, Jay Park was invited to move to South Korea to start training. Leaving Seattle and adjusting to an entirely new environment while engaging in rigorous training under JYPE was far from easy. Jay Park explained, "It was a culture shock, the seniority system, the food and the way they did things. ... For me, it was a hobby and fun, but there, it was training, almost like a job, where you have to practice from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m."
The rapper then talks about his controversial departure from the boy group 2PM. On this issue, he commented, "We parted ways, and I went back to Seattle ... It is what it is."
But his departure from the group and JYP Entertainment also led to a new beginning. Jay Park talks about how he didn't give up even after moving back to Seattle and ultimately forming his own music label AOMG.
Lastly, the talk about his big move of signing with Roc Nation. Jay Park expressed his wish to collaborate with big names such as Rihanna and Jay Z. He also showed passion in breaking the stereotype of Asian males, stating he wants to change the "people who are good at math" to "sexy".
You can read Jay Park's full interview with CNN here.
Tip: Tim Björnhov