Jay Park "feels really good" about teaming up with Roc Nation
The new 'Asia's Got Talent' judge also tells us about his current music direction
Seattle-born Korean rapper Jay Park made headlines when he became the first Asian-American to sign up with Jay-Z's record label Roc Nation. We caught up with the former 2PM member to ask for his thoughts on his latest venture.
"I feel good, I feel really good," Jay told ELLE. "I mean a lot of people have asked about it because it is a big deal. In terms of just everything, being the first Asian person to sign to a label of that stature. For me, I'm just trying to let the music speak for itself. I have a lot of stuff ready. I know they're ready to go, I'm ready to go, so once we start realising stuff under Roc Nation, I think people will see what we're trying to do."
A quick scroll of Jay's playlist will tell you that the guy's super into Tupac, Usher, Michael Jackson, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z (of course) and newbie Daniel Caesar (his debut album Freudian came out in August). So will any of these legends influence Jay's new stuff?
"Right now, everyone influences me music wise, I listen to a lot of music. So even like Motown, Marvin Gaye – I listen to old school stuff and new stuff. Everyone influences me," Jay said.
Catch Jay Park with fellow judges David Foster and Anggun in Asia's Got Talent Season 2, Thursdays at 8.30pm on AXN (Astro Channel 701 and Channel 721 for HD).