Jay Park, the K-pop star and Seattle native, has signed with Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s management label home to some of music’s biggest names like Rihanna, Shakira and DJ Khaled, in a move that can only mean huge things in the U.S. for the artist.
The announcement came last night from the label’s Instagram, which welcomed the singer and rapper into its family.
Writing on his own account, Park wrote that his signing was a win for Korea, Asian Americans and the overlooked and underappreciated.
“This is a win for hard work and dedication,” he wrote. “Thank you for the acknowledgement and recognition. Just gettin’ started.”
Park joining Roc Nation began as a rumor amongst fans earlier this year, when he commented on a podcast, “The Glow Up,” that “some big stuff is about to happen, if everything goes well, I think you might know if you’ve seen my SNS … there’s a huge company that hit me up.”
Park’s Instagram account has shown him meeting Roc Nation artists, including Fat Joe, with whom he recorded a remix of “All The Way Up,” on several occasions.
The former 2PM member is one of South Korea’s most popular hip-hop artists and the founder of AOMG, an independent record label that has seen its musicians — among then Gray, Loco and co-founder Simon Dominic — top domestic charts.