September 19, 2007

Yung Joc Coming to Cornell

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The Zeta Beta Tau fraternity announced yesterday that in honor of their house’s 100th anniversary, they will host southern-rapper Yung Joc in a benefit concert to be held on Oct. 12th at their fraternity house.
“Not everyday does a frat have an opportunity to bring in one of top hip-hop artists in the world,” said Kevin Mendel ‘10, social chair nd concert chair of ZBT. “We had an opportunity and decided to run with it.”
Grammy-nominated Yung Joc has three top five songs to his credit, and his 2006 single, “It’s Going Down” peaked at number one on both Billboard’s Rap and Hip-Hop/R&B charts. Yung Joc’s debut album, New Joc City, reached platinum sales and “It’s Goin’ Down” has sold over five million copies as a ring tone.
Yung Joc’s status was confirmed at this year’s VMAs when he introduced the closing act alongside P Diddy. Joc’s energetic style and distinctive southern drawl make for a riotous blend of club-worthy hip-hop, heavy on sing-along hooks.
“Where I’m from [Atlanta, GA], these types of benefit concerts happen every weekend. So, I’ve decided to make it happen,” said Mendel. Although the Cornell Concert Commission and The Slope Day Committee have brought major artists in the past, “there’s no precedent for something like this” – a fraternity to bring such a “major artist,” he said.
But “tickets are limited,” Mendel warned, and go on sale at noon on Thursday at for $22. Tickets will also be sold by brothers in the fraternity and at tables to be set up in both The Straight and Robert Purcell.
Proceeds from the event will go to Children’s Miracle Network, an alliance of premiere hospitals for children.