Yung Joey "Ayo" off The 6th Man Project presented by 1017 Brick Squad, Dusk Til Dawn Ent., Brick Squad Monopoly, Da Triangle Offense, & Mizay Ent. Hosted by Love Dinero "The Mixtape General".
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Redemption is an oft-repeated phrase, whose value has been rendered incon-sequential. Scholars, religious fanatics, and pundits may use the term, but they’ve probably yet to experience it. For Yung Joey, 21-year old phenom from Northside Jamaica, Queens (by way of Atlanta), redemption is the song of success. Redemption is a second chance – and the beginning of a Rebirth.
Raised during the late 80’s/early 90’s heyday of Southside Jamaica Queens, under the watchful auspice of the infamous Supreme Team, Yung Joey has always been around the music landscape. “My father had a club, so I used to rap there when I was like four, five years old,” he remembers. “And my uncle Bimmy was an A&R at Def Jam, so I’ve always been involved.”
Being around the likes of LL Cool J, Slick Rick, Jay-Z, Irv Gotti and other Def Jam elite gave the youngster a first-hand look at the music business; while being around his father, a well known dopeboy of the era, gave him a bird’s eye view of the streets. It would be after he moved to Atlanta at age fourteen, though, that the two worlds would converge.
Initially attending an elite boarding school with the world’s brightest students, he soon enrolled in college, which lasted a year. “I never was a problem child – that’s not my story. I
got good grades, and went to good schools.” At the same time, his aunt Deb Antney had begun managing a local rapper named Gucci Mane, who’s just had his first hit with “So Icey”. Yung Joey served as everything from roadie to Suburban driver to hype man, seeing once again how the music industry operates.
Soon enough, the lure of fast cash and street life proved unbearable, and life hit hard. Dropping out of college to sell drugs, Yung Joey was caught up in a homicide investigation – and charged with fourteen counts, including aggravated assault, possession of a firearm, and murder. Police investigations led him from Atlanta back to New York, shuttling under-ground, re-evaluating relationships, and predicting his next move (as well as the next move of the FEDS).
“When I found out, I had this gut feeling at the bottom of my stomach – I knew this was gonna be bad,” he recalls. Though his family was initially shocked at his troubles, they hired a powerful attorney, and through due diligence and conviction, Yung Joey beat the case. “The odds of beating a case like that are almost impossible; so when I walked out, I knew that this was my second chance – a second chance to breathe.”
As his trial wore on, Joey watched from the sidelines as the careers of his comrades (via blood relation) Wacka Flocka, Frenchie and Wooh Da Kid flourished. His aunt also managed artists Gucci Mane & Nicki Minaj, who became overnight sensations. Once freed, Joey immediately shot his first video, a song entitled “Stripper”, directed by WorldStar powerhouse Blind Folk Vision. He also got his production chops up, quietly producing the majority of his own records, while also working on songs with the likes Nicki Minaj, Bobby Valentino, and Vado.
Citing versatility as his key attribute, Yung Joey now has over half a dozen videos on World-Star, approaching close to four million views. He cites his immediate peers and contempo-
raries, and his family as the reason for his drive: “My support system provides motivation for me. The fact that I’ve seen so many people do it – Gucci, Wacka. I’ve seen success right in front of me, over and over again.”
Yung Joey is currently working on his first mixtape, The Sixth Man, to be released this fall. With a formula that combines the lyricism of Queens legends to the rhythm of Down South-
808’s, Joey also credits his consequences and surroundings: “My story is so unique – I’ve been to prep school with kids from all over the world, and I’ve been at the bottom of the totem pole with lifers & rapists. I’m everything every other rapper is not.”
Yung Joey’s shot at redemption – his second chance – is one that he doesn’t take lightly, as evidenced by his understanding of what he’s been through, and where he’s headed: “I can only look up; I can’t look down, it’s only a matter of time before it’s my time.”