Jay Park first Asian-American to sign with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation

Seoul, July 24, 2017 — Jay Park has signed with Jay-Z’s entertainment company, Roc Nation.

He is also the first Asian-American to sign with Roc Nation.

This photo taken on August 7, 2013 shows South Korean singer Jay Park attending the VIP premiere of the film “The Flu” in Seoul. REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT JAPAN OUT AFP PHOTO/STARNEWS / AFP / Starnews / Starnews

On July 21, Roc Nation shared a photo on their official Instagram with the message, “ICYMI: Welcome @JParkitrighthere to the #RocFam!”

At the same time, the Seattle-born hip-hop artist announced the news on his official Instagram, calling it a win for Asian Americans and a win for “hard work and dedication,” and promised that he’s “just gettin’ started.”

Roc Nation was established by Jay-Z in 2008. Other artists on its roster include Rihanna, J. Cole, DJ Khaled and Big Sean.

After starting off as a B-Boy in the US, Park moved to Seoul to pursue a career in the music industry.

In 2008, he joined K-pop group 2PM. After leaving in 2009, he began a solo career and has enjoyed a series of hits like Mommae and You Know.

Meanwhile, his albums have performed well on both the Heatseekers and World Albums charts, with last year’s Everything You Wanted peaking at No. 3 on the latter.

Park is also a co-founder of independent hip-hop label AOMG and produces Mnet?s Show Me the Money 6.