Feb 10, 2022 • 2M

Faith and hip hop saved his life

kicking off our ODD ONE IN podcast with misfit musician Old Chingu

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Stories of misfits making their own way. Hosted by 2021 AIR New Voices Scholar Kristin Leong. ODD ONE IN is a production of ROCK PAPER RADIO. Learn more and subscribe to our newsletter for misfits and unlikely optimists at RockPaperRadio.com.
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ODD ONE IN is a podcast that shares stories of misfits making their own way. The show is hosted and produced by 2021 AIR New Voices Scholar Kristin Leong. This podcast is a production of ROCK PAPER RADIO. Listen and subscribe here.
Portrait of musician Philip Lee, better known by his stage name Old Chingu. Image detail from photo by Jae Houston.

When Philip Lee was an 18-year-old community college student, he spent a night in jail high on Ecstasy and LSD. He thought he had died and was being punished for his troublemaking teenage ways.


Lee made a bargain that night that changed his life. Today, Philip Lee is better known by his stage name Old Chingu, which means “old friend” in Korean.

His music is a blend of hip hop, anti-pop, and faith. It’s an unexpected mix, but it’s working for him. Old Chingu just dropped his first album, and one of his singles recently passed over a million listens on Spotify.

This is a teaser of Old Chingu’s story, as well as the first listen into ROCK PAPER RADIO’s new ODD ONE IN podcast. Our pilot episode sharing Old Chingu’s journey as an misfit musician and first generation son is coming soon. Subscribe to our newsletter to join our curious crew and to be the first to know when new episodes drop.

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