News: Yung Joc Wants Off Bad Boy, "Why Am I Even Signed If I Can't Put Music Out?" [Video]
Friday, Aug 14, 2009 9:01AM
Bad Boy's Yung Joc has lashed out against Diddy's company and announced plans to be released from the Bad Boy brand.
Claiming he cannot legally release music commercially, Joc explained his recent strategy of dropping free mixtapes and the status with Bad Boy.
"Honestly, there is no current situation with Bad Boy right now," Joc explained in an interview. "We've been in talks about me being possibly released. I don't think at the present time that that regime is the right outfit for me at the moment considering I work very hard as an artist and I'm still in a position where I'm not able to put out my music because of some conflicts of interest. Currently at the moment, there are definitely some talks between myself and Bad Boy, the attorneys, to push for a release. Why am I even signed if I can't put my music out? Yeah, I'm being held back in a sense. It's no hard feelings and once again it's no regrets...We in lawsuits, I can't release an album commercially and it is what it is..." (Rolling Out TV)
The Atlanta-based emcee previously broke down the specifics behind his issues with Bad Boy earlier this summer.
"I haven't been paid any royalties since I've been out, after over a million albums sold," Joc said in an interview. "For my first album, they gave me a $25,000 advance when I was supposed to get more...Then I had a million dollar budget for my second album, never even got an advance off of it. For the third one they hit me with another $25,000, like I'm some chump in this sh*t. And I just got tired of it...Diddy said he's got to stay out of it because it's between me and Block Entertainment. I was never signed to Block Entertainment, but they've been interfering with a lot of my business. I feel like [Bad Boy] isn't doing anything to try to intervene and help the situation." (Billboard)
News broke out last May of Joc's decision to take legal action against Diddy and his company.
Joc plans to sue both labels due to contractual situations, unpaid royalties and advances and of course, lack of support. Joc says he's even paid for his own PR, never got advance money and even says his former management (9196, owned by Big Block) got him in a "360" deal taking a piece of his money from every angle. SO what will happen? Time will tell. (Rap Basement)
The rapper's relationship with Diddy began roughly three years ago.
Joc hooked up with Russell "Block" Spencer and his Block Enterprises label and released the hard club track "It's Goin' Down" in early 2006. The track became an Atlanta favorite and eventually landed on the desk of Sean "Diddy" Combs. Spencer had already brought the group Boyz N da Hood to Diddy, and with Joc sounding like the very hot Young Jeezy and T.I., Diddy felt he had the right artist to take his fledgling Bad Boy South label to the top. Spencer inked a multi-million dollar deal with Bad Boy to sign Yung Joc and his label Mastermind along with Spencer's own Block Enterprises. (All Music)
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