Atlanta rapper Yung Joc recently inked a deal with Polo Grounds/RCA for his own imprint, Swagg Team Entertainment, along with a production deal with Battery/Jive Records for emerging acts through Swagg Team Entertainment.
Through the new deals, Yung Joc plans to release a new album, tentatively titled Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood, slated for a late 2010 release.
“It is my pleasure and honor to announce my affiliation and new partnership with Polo Grounds Music/RCA Music Group and Battery/Jive Records,” said Joc of the deal. “Now I can actually work and not wonder if I’m going to be held back from building my own brand, as well as the Swagg Team brand. I’m very excited to work with this team.”
In the past, Joc was one of the most sought after rappers for cameo appearances. He’s appeared on hit singles such as T-Pain’s “Buy U A Drink,” David Banner’s “Get Like Me” which also featured Chris Brown, Bobby Valentino’s “Beep”, and Slim’s “So Fly.”
He’s also proving to be more than just a musical talent. He can also find talent. Yung Joc brought two high profile singles to Jive Records last year, via his Swagg Team Entertainment label. In the summer of 2009, he helped bring two smash singles — “Stanky Legg” by GS Boyz, and the hugely popular single “Lookin’ Boy” by Hotstylz.
With his new production deal in place, Yung Joc will continue to seek talent to cultivate under the Swagg Team Entertainment umbrella, which consists of a recording studio and a fully staffed radio, marketing, A&R and video production departments.
“Joc is a triple threat. As an artist, executive and personality, he is now entering a higher phase of his career and I’m happy to play a part in it,” says Bryan Leach, President of Polo Grounds Music. “I feel with Pitbull, Yo Gotti and now Yung Joc, Polo Grounds has an amazing front line of smart, talented, hungry artists that will continue to show why it’s still all about making hit records and outworking everyone else.”
“The signing of Yung Joc as both an executive and entertainer is a testament to the great talent that he possesses,” adds Tom Corson, EVP and General Manager or RCA Music Group. “His addition to the Polo Grounds Music roster will further establish the label’s strong foothold in urban music.”
Yung Joc’s 2006 debut album, New Joc City, entered at #1 on both the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Albums and Top Rap Albums charts; and #3 on the Billboard 200 chart. It featured the smash single, “It’s Going Down,” which won a BET Award for Hip-Hop Track of the Year and garnered several other award nominations.
In August 2009, Joc released Grind Flu, a free mixtape that featured Gucci Mane, Chris Brown, Bobby V, Nikki Minaj, Slim, Shawty Lo and DJ Khaled.