Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label makes surprise move into publishing with new imprint

In true entrepreneurial style, the American rapper Jay-Z is branching out with all kinds of surprising ventures. The latest involves his Roc Nation label, which has joined forces with the publishing company Random House to launch Roc Lit 101. This new imprint will focus on publishing books at the intersection of entertainment and literature.

Roc Lit 101 will pursue what it describes as “exhilarating, innovative work from some of the biggest artists and writers of our time,” such as the journalist Danyel Smith, the former baseball player CC Sabathia, and Roc Nation musicians like Lil Uzi Vert, Meek Mill and Fat Joe. Its writers will cover a wide range of subjects, including music, …

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