Former Bad Boy Records artist Yung Joc recently opened up about time spent under Diddy‘s tutelage and revealed how much of a workaholic the rap icon actually is.
According to Joc, he developed his listening skills during his association with Diddy, which lasted from 2006 to 2009.
“At the end of the day, I seen that man work non-stop,” Joc said about his time under Diddy’s wing. “True workaholic and delegate. Gotta learn how to delegate. I watched him delegate. I watched him form allies with people and pass the ball. Delegation was the key and key to a lot of things I saw him do because you can’t do it all yourself. I feel like, I was in situations where Diddy would do sh*t where other people thought it was like, ‘Nah, I don’t really wanna do that,’ but he would go and do it just to let it be known, ‘If I can get dirty, then motherf*cker you can get dirty.’ I took a lot of that in and I saw it, watched a lot. Me and him weren’t together everyday, all day, but the majority of time, I listened. I did more listening than talking…” (Vlad TV)
Last December, Joc revealed his time on Bad Boy had come to an end.
“I just closed my new deal as an artist I’m very happy of that, I fought a very long time for the last two years of my life to get out of my past experience, just closed my new one, so be looking for the kid, it’s time to step it up and do it one more time,” he explained in an interview. “There’s no feeling, I do. I definitely do, I’m my own man, I’m my own entity, Swag Team Entertainmentis the label and hey I’m good. Right now I’m looking forward to 2010, making it a bigger and better year, bigger and better movement. A lot of new artists will be distributed through Jive on Swag Team Entertainment, too many to name right now. You’ll know it when you see it, when the time is appropriate to name names then that will be done.” (Hip Hop Wired)
Bad Boy artist Red Cafe previously talked about Joc’s disassociation from the label.
“You just gotta have you business right,” Cafe said comparing his situation to Joc’s. “It’s no different than any other building. All these buildings have they flaws, it’s really about having your business correct, having a good lawyer, reading your contract, knowing what the requirements are and what the obligations are. A lot of people don’t look at that. They expect things that were never an obligation…Experience, that’s the best teacher. I done experienced a lot of sh*t, going through different labels, sh*t like that. So it’s all good.” (Hip Hop Beef)
This past May, Joc announced his new partnership and official departure from Bad Boy.
“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.” (Statement)
Check out Yung Joc speaking on Diddy below: