Born Jasiel Robinson in Atlanta, Georgia, Yung Joc had a childhood nearly as aggressive as his lyrics. He got into fights, kicked out of schools, and arrested, all before he received his high school diploma. Young Joc, whose album New Joc City debuted at number one on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums this past June, was even younger when he first began listening to rappers like Run-D.M.C., Ice-T, and LL Cool J. Later inspired by more varied hip-hop artists, ranging from the Notorious B.I.G. to Outkast, Joc realized he wanted to make a living doing what his idols did. At age 23, he gave such an amazing performance at the historic Royal Peacock, where Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin had played, that he was immediately signed by Block Entertainment. Joc will be bringing his distinct voice and Southern swagger to Metropolis, where, as he'd probably put it, "It's goin' dowwwnn."
Yung Joc performs at 10:00 p.m. Sunday, July 30, at Metropolis, 950 NE 2nd Ave, Miami. Admission is $20. Call 305-415-0000 for more information.