Jay Park Signs With Roc Nation: 'This Is a Win for Asian Americans'
Park is a popular hip-hop artist in South Korea, where he is the co-CEO of AOMG, an independent record label that manages hip-hop and R&B artists. He is the first Asian-American to sign with Roc Nation, which was founded by JAY-Z in 2008 and manages artists including Rihanna, DJ Khaled and J.Cole.
Over the years, Park has risen to the top of Korea’s hip-hop scene with hits like "Mommae" and "You Know." He’s landed several albums on both the Heatseekers and World Albums charts, with last year’s Everything You Wanted peaking at No. 3 on the latter.
To celebrate the news, the Seattle-born musician took to Instagram and called it a win for Asian Americans and a win for “hard work and dedication,” and promised that he’s “just gettin’ started.”
After starting off as a B-Boy in the States, Park, like several other Asian-Americans, turned to Korea to pursue a career in the music industry. In 2008, he debuted as part of the K-pop group 2PM. After leaving the boy band in 2009, the singer began a solo career as a bilingual contemporary R&B and hip-hop artist.
Hours after sharing his Roc Nation news, Park dropped a new music video for the swaggering “Most Hated,” a collaboration with Korean rapper Dok2.
It's Official @RocNation This is a win for the Town This is a win for Korea This is a win for Asian Americans This is a win for the overlooked and underappreciated This is a win for genuine ppl who look out for their ppls This is a win for hard work and dedication This is a win for honesty and authenticity Thank you for the acknowledgement and recognition---- Just gettin' started 10년차가수인데 이제부터시작이네 -- ----#RocFam #RocNation