First, Ciara stood by Chris Brown when she kept his vocals on her album in the wake of his felony assault case. Now, Yung Joc is following suit. The Atlanta rapper released a free album Tuesday, and Brown is featured on a track called "Choose Me," along with fellow crooner Pleasure P.
"I think the record is a great record," Joc told MTV News about why he included the collaboration on his Grind Flu project. "Why are we still ridiculing this man? He had a problem with his girl. I'm not condoning abuse. But they both got into it and they both got over it. Why can't the world?"
On the midtempo track, Brown sings with Auto-Tune-assisted vocals: "You should get to know me, but first you gotta show me, how you're gonna rock my world."
Other guests featured on Joc's project, which is available as a free download on his Swagg Team Entertainment Web site, include Bobby Valentino, Shawty Lo and Lil Wayne protégé Nicki Minaj.
Grind Flu is Joc's first project since word broke that he was having differences with his management and recording home. The lyricist is signed to Block Entertainment and Bad Boy Records, but he's trying to be released. Joc was caught in the middle of differences each side was having with the other, although he said he hasn't taken sides.
"I'm working on release, but I'm not mad at anyone," Joc explained. "We could have made a lot of money together, but it is what it is."
In the meantime, Joc has been developing Swagg Team, where he's signed the GS Boyz, who scored a hit with their track "Stanky Legg."
"I've grown as a businessman," he said of his impending independence. "Whoever makes a play for me next, it's gonna be a good decision on their part."