Atlanta is one of the capitals of hip-hop, and Yung Joc deserves a small thank you for taking part in its rise. He turns 32 years old today (April 2) after over 10 years in the game.
Yung Joc may not have a great album to his name, but he put his imprint on the rap game with solid singles in the mid 2000s. His first, “It’s Goin’ Down,” infected many playlists with its playful but tense hook. The track rode off the instantaneous chanting of club patrons to peak at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The rapper followed that song up with the cocksure sing-a-long of “I Know You See It.” It didn’t reach the Top 10, but it solidified Yung Joc as the dude who provided the perfect soundtrack for a turnt up night out.
The rhymer also serves as a welcomed featured artist. Maybe Danity Kane’s “Show Stopper” would’ve worked without Joc, but the Atlanta rhymer did add a weightiness to prevent the song from floating away with its’ pop bliss. Of course, there was also ”Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’),” a T-Pain song so big that you can even argue that Joc should also be partially blamed for Auto-Tune’s prevalence.
Yung Joc’s hit train may derailed for a few years, but with a new album in the works, that could change.
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