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YUNG JOC: Hip hop artist will perform Thursday in Grand Forks

In the spring of 2006, rapper Yung Joc recorded his first single, "It's Goin' Down," a song that took him to the top of the hip hop world. The single was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Song in 2007.

Yung Joc

In the spring of 2006, rapper Yung Joc recorded his first single, "It's Goin' Down," a song that took him to the top of the hip hop world. The single was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Song in 2007.

He signed with Bad Boy Records, and his first album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts.

Yung Joc has had some ups and downs -- including a robbery in his studio and a recently-filed lawsuit -- but he's still in the game, and Thursday he'll be in Grand Forks for a show at Big D's Bar and Grill, brought here by Who Dun It Entertainment.

The show will begin at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door and available at Big D's in Grand Forks. VIP tickets are $70, available at (701) 741-3195.

In 2010, Yung Joc had 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, a news release said.

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Yung Joc had brought two high profile singles to Jive Records, the summer 2009 online hit "Stanky Legg" by GS Boyz, and the hugely popular single "Lookin' Boy" by Hotstylz.

Yung Joc's 2006 debut album "New Joc City" entered at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums charts and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. New Joc City featured "It's Going Down," which won a BET Award for Hip-Hop Track of the Year and garnered nominations from the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.

Joc's second single, "I Know U See It," peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Rap Track chart. Yung Joc's follow up album, 2007's "Hustlenomic" 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 and DJ Khaled.

In a June 2011 interview with 24 Hour Hip Hop, Yung Joc talked about his conflicts with Bad Boy Entertainment after releasing his second album, and the transition from his second to his third album.

"The third album did 400,000 but in today's climate that's not bad," he was quoted as saying. "But coming from selling over a million copies, a lot of people would call that a flop. And a lot of people counted me out as a flop."

Just this week it was announced that Yung Joc is the target of a new lawsuit that claims he willfully ignored an existing contract with Master Mind Music, an Atlanta-based production company, to sign with Bad Boy. Master Mind is suing Joc, Block Enterprises and Bad Boy/Atlantic for breach of contract, claiming it holds the rights to all of Joc's music created since 2005, according to the BET website.

The rapper had been in the news in December after his homestudio was robbed by an armed gunman who made off with $70,000 in high-end goods. After the robbery, Yung Joc reacted to rumors that it was an inside job, and part of an insurance scam.

During a television interview, Joc denied he had anything to do with the robbery in which he lost unreleased music, including tracks with Lil Wayne, Jasmine Sullivan and Pitbull.

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"I've been seeing stories where people say this is about insurance fraud," he said. "The truth is, I did not have insurance. I was in the process of deciding who I wanted an insurance policy with."

You can follow Yung Joc on Twitter at @IAMYUNGJOC or Facebook at www.Facebook.com/yungjoc . His website is at www.Iamyungjoc.com .

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