JAY-Z launches book publishing brand through Random House

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JAY-Z’s Roc Nation is getting into book publishing. On Tuesday, December 15, the label announced that it had teamed up with Random House to launch a new brand called Roc Lit 101, which is set to release novels by Meek Mill, Lil Uzi Vert and more.

“There are so many stories untold and we consider it a true privilege to be able to amplify diverse voices while exploring the uncharted worlds that are about to open up to us,” said the executive vice president. of Roc Nation, Jana Fleishman, to The Associated Press.

According to a press release, Roc Lit 101 will be led by Chris Jackson, who is the publisher and editor of Random House’s One World imprint. Jackson and JAY-Z have previously teamed up to publish the music mogul’s memoir, Decodedin 2010.

The release adds that Roc Lit 101’s books will range from memoir to fiction and meet “at the dynamic intersection of entertainment and genre-defying literature.”

“Our aspiration for the imprint is to create books that draw on the best of pop culture – its most imaginative and talented literary storytellers, innovators and columnists – to create beautifully written and produced works that will entertain and captivate readers. , but will also shed light on critical issues,” Jackson said in a statement.

First on deck would be the memoirs of baseball legend CC Sabathia, Until the end, which is slated for release next summer. A book by music journalist Danyel Smith titled Shine is also on the way, which will focus on black women in music.

The artist-written books are expected to include a novel by Meek Mill “about criminal justice and survival,” as well as upcoming memoirs from Yo Gotti and Fat Joe. According to the release, Lil Uzi Vert is also releasing a book that will fall into the “fantasy fiction” genre.

The new venture follows JAY’s breakthrough into the cannabis industry earlier this year. Last week, the rap veteran launched the first product line for his new cannabis company, Monogram.

See Roc Nation’s tweet about the new imprint below.

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