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JAY-Z's Roc Nation Announces Book Publishing Imprint With Random House

Mahlik Campbell

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With the rise of the internet and all its entertainment, books have fallen out of style. But one of the world's most swaggy and successful storytellers in JAY-Z wants to give hip-hop fans a reason to start reading again.

Brush the dust off your reading lights, as JAY-Z's Roc Nation talent management firm is forming a publishing imprint with Random House, the largest paperback book publisher in the world.

The books eventually being released under the Roc Lit 101 label include an exploration on criminal justice by Meek Mill, memoirs from Yo Gotti and Fat Joe, as well as something in the "fantasy fiction" genre by Lil Uzi Vert.

Initial works arriving next summer are a memoir by former All-Star pitcher CC Sabathia and journalist Danyel Smith’s "Shine Bright" focused on the history of Black women in music. 

"There are so many untold stories and we consider it a true privilege to be able to amplify diverse voices while exploring the uncharted worlds that are about to open to us," Roc Nation's executive vice president Jana Fleishman said in a statement.

About a decade ago, Hov dropped his own memoir with Random House and co-author Dream Hampton called "Decoded," which premiered at #3 on The NY Times Best Sellers list. There's no official word on whether Jay or his wife Beyoncé might publish through the imprint.

Speaking of rappers writing books, Saba recently tweeted that he's also interested in putting pen to paper.

Can't wait: Before Uzi shares any otherworldly plots, it's likely we'll hear him on Playboi Carti's 'Whole Lotta Red.' The Philadelphia artist claimed he's featured on track 3 and 16 during a brief Instagram Live cameo.

As for when Carti stans should expect 'WLR,' Akademiks has reason to believe the project is coming on Christmas.