Platinum-selling and award-winning rapper Yung Joc has inked a recording deal through his own imprint, Swagg Team Entertainment with Polo Grounds Music/RCA Music Group and a production deal with Battery/Jive Records for emerging acts through Swagg Team Entertainment.
"It is my pleasure and honor to announce my affiliation and new partnership with Polo Grounds Music/RCA Music Group and Battery/Jive Records," states Yung Joc. "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."
As an artist signed to Polo Grounds Music/RCA Music Group, Yung Joc is currently working on his new album tentatively titled Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood, slated for a late 2011 release. One of the most sought after rappers for cameo appearances, Yung Joc has been featured on 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."
Proving his ability for finding talent, Yung Joc brought two high profile singles to Jive Records last year via his Swagg Team Entertainment label – the mega summer 2009 online, radio and video smash hit "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," affirms Bryan Leach, President, 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."
Tom Corson, EVP, General Manager, RCA Music Group cites "The signing of Yung Joc as both an executive and entertainer is a testament to the great talent that he possesses. 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. New Joc City featured the multi-platinum selling, #1 Billboard Hot Rap Track "It's Going Down," which won a BET Award for Hip-Hop Track of the Year and garnered several nominations including the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards (Best Rap Video) and more. Joc's second single "I Know U See It" peaked at #2 on Billboard's Hot Rap Track chart. Yung Joc's follow up album, 2007's Hustlenomic duplicated his 2006 chart-topping entries and featured the hit singles "Coffee Shop" and "Bottle Poppin'." In August 2009, Joc released Grind Flu, a free mixtape that featured Gucci Mane, Chris Brown, Bobby V, Nikki Minaj, Slim, Shawty Lo & DJ Khaled.