Def Jam interim CEO Jeff Harleston and Lena Waithe announced Wednesday (March 10) that Def Jam Recordings and the Emmy-winning writer are launching Hillman Grad Records.
According to a press release, the exclusive joint venture partnership is committed to discovering and developing artists by "leveraging opportunities across music, TV & film" and capitalizing on the intersection of those entertainment realms.
"Music and storytelling have always gone hand in hand. And I think that’s because musicians are the storytellers we love the most," Waithe said in a statement. "They can take complex emotions and simplify it in four minutes, the same artist can sing about the revolution and falling in love. Music is a part of us. It’s so often connected to our fondest and sometimes our darkest memories. Musicians tell our story. At Hillman Grad Productions we believe in identifying and amplifying new talent, and we want to continue to do that in the music industry. Jeff Harleston and his phenomenal team at Def Jam have given us their trust and their resources to help develop artists that not only have potential, but staying power. We look forward to the journey ahead."