Yung Joc is an American rapper and television personality. He rose to fame in 2006 thanks to the massive success of his debut single “It’s Goin’ Down” which culminated in the release of his platinum-certified debut album “New Joc City”.
How He Rose To Fame
Joc’s career beginning has been traced back to where he was born and brought up. The rapper was born Jasiel Amon Robinson on April 2, 1983, in Atlanta, Georgia where he was raised in College Park. As common with Atlanta locales, Jasiel fell in love with rap music at a very early age. At the age of 8, Joc was already listening to the likes of Run DMC.
Jasiel’s father Stanley Tucker who owned a hair-care products company admired his son’s ability to play with words and helped him land a deal to write a jingle for the top cosmetic brand, Revlon. That became Jasiel’s first ever breakthrough, inspiring him to forge ahead with his music career.
Joc in 2004, established a recording studio in his house and began recording demo tapes alongside friend and fledging ATL producer named Nitti. His career took a leap when his song “It’s Goin’ Down” recorded with Nitti in 2005 grabbed the attention of Block Enterprises boss Russell “Block” Spencer. Spencer who was business partners with hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs helped Joc land a 3 album, $2.5 million recording deal with Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment.
Bad Boy then released “It’s Goin’ Down” as Joc’s debut single. The song became an instant hit, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and making Joc the first Bad Boy artist in two years to enter into the Top 40. The song’s music video introduced the Yung Joc dance “Joc-in” aka “The Motorcycle” which got all and sundry dancing, including actor Tom Cruise who pulled the move at a BET junket for his movie Mission Impossible III. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap song but Ludacris‘ Money Money beat him to the accolade.
Yung Joc’s debut album “New Joc City” was released in 2006. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and sold almost 150,000 copies in its first week. Subsequently, it sold over 1 million copies. The rapper also experienced a brief success with Swagg Team Entertainment, his own music label which he founded in 2010 through Jive Records. The label included rap groups like Hotstylz and GS Boyz. The later released the moderately successful single “Stanky Legg” which reached No. 49 on the Billboard Hot 100.
While promoting upcoming artists, Joc also began working on his “would-be” third studio album “Mr Robinson’s Neighborhood” releasing the single “Yeah Baby”. Unfortunately, robbers broke into his recording studio and made away with a hard drive containing songs for the upcoming album, thus it was never released. The robbers also stole studio equipment worth $70,000.
While Joc continued to release new music, mostly featuring with other artists, none of them was able to become a hit. In 2014, he made his reality TV debut in the 3rd season of VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” as a supporting cast. He is known on the show for his on and off relationship with rapper, singer, and entrepreneur Karlie Redd who is a main cast on the show. In January 2017, he again appeared in a trailer for a new web series entitled “Pressure”. The series which is focused on street life in ATL premiered on SeeTheSound.com on February 1, 2017. The series is created by Street Execs and WeHard Productions the makers of the moderately successful movie “Take Over Your Trap”.
His appearances on the productions helped him not only resurface in the limelight but also boosted his earnings. Details of the rapper’s body measurements aren’t available but it’s certain he is some inches taller than 5 feet.
There Were Gay Rumors While He Had A Girlfriend
People have had a couple of reasons to suspect Yung Joc is gay. For instance, there was a time his ex-girlfriend Karlie Redd, claimed that she and Joc had gay-like sexual intercourse while they were lovers. To avoid being profane, you will find details of this claim at XXL Mag.
Yung Joc once raised eyebrows about his sexual orientation. People started wondering if he is sexually attracted to his gender after he was spotted wearing a dress in public.
Yung Joc’s love life is a very complicated one as one can hardly tell who he’s dating, from Karlie Redd to Khadiyah, details of his romance life remain a puzzle although he seems to currently be with Kendra Robinson to whom he has proposed. Both of them feature on Love and Hip Hop.
Joc has 8 children with four different women. One of them, Alexandria Robinson was his wife for 13 years. She gave birth to 3 of Joc’s 8 children; a son named Amir and two daughters, Ja’Kori and Chase.
Alex eventually got fed up with Joc’s unfaithfulness. She filed for divorce and it is now believed the marriage officially collapsed in 2014. Other women who have been romantically linked to Yung Joc include Fatimah Jester, Tommie Lee, Sina Bina and Carla Daniels.
With Fatimah, Joc has a son called Amoni. His affair with Carla brought about his first set of twins, Cadence and Camora in August 2013 just as his relationship with Sina produced Eden and Allon the next year – 2014.
Yung Joc’s Career Earnings
In addition to making his own music, Joc featured on the songs of other fellow Bad Boy artists like Day26, Danity Kane, Cheri Dennis, Gorilla Zoe, and Dream. His follow up album Hustlenomics released in 2007 reached #2 on the Billboard 200, however, its sales dwarfed in comparison to his debut effort. After a period of decline, Bad Boy released Yung Joc from its roster in 2009. The same year, Joc sued Bad Boy and Block Entertainment for failure to pay him royalties. The parties later reconciled and settled for a speculated $2 million.
Beyond his making of music and his acting roles, Joc supports himself with several other money-making gigs. For instance, in November 2016, he became the host of his own morning radio show on Streetz 94.5 FM, replacing The Breakfast Club.
Per Forbes, Joc made $10 million between 2006 and 2007 to become one of the year’s highest paid rappers. The Rapper supported his debut album by touring which proved to be extremely successful. His earnings on tour peaked at $50,000 for a single day. Money earned from these shows was the major contributor to the $10 million pretax paychecks he earned between 2006 and 2007 which saw him rank at #20 on Forbes’ annual highest-paid rappers list aka Hip-Hop Cash Kings. In 2007, the rapper gifted himself a $1.1 million mansion in Riverdale, Georgia.
However, in the following years after his big break, Joc struggled to match his initial success, thus returning to obscurity. In a bid to return to the limelight, Joc in 2014, joined VH1 reality show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” as a supporting actor. He earns about $300,000 per season.
In all, Yung Joc has an estimated net worth of at least $6 million. Sometime in 2014, he asserted that the 2007 Forbes list was one of the worst things that happened to him as it got him into squabbles with friends and family. In an interview with Vlad TV, he related that almost everyone who knew him wanted a share of the money. According to him, even his close relatives started looking at him differently believing he’s done nothing for them.