Jay Park Signs With Roc Nation: 'This Is a Win for Asian Americans'

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Jay Park performs at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong on June 11, 2015. 

Late Thursday night (July 20), Roc Nation announced on Twitter that it added Jay Park, a Korean-American hip-hop artist, to its roster.

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.