Lena Waithe – the writer, producer and actress from shows like The Chi, Master of None, Twenties and others – has formed a new partnership with Def Jam Records with the formation of a new label called Hillman Grad Records. In a new press release, the label was described as an expense

“Music and storytelling always went hand in hand. And I think that’s because musicians are the storytellers we love the most, “Lena Waithe said in a statement. “You can absorb complex emotions and simplify them in four minutes. The same artist can sing about the revolution and falling in love. Music is part of us. It is so often associated with our most beautiful and sometimes our darkest memories. Musicians tell our story. At Hillman Grad Productions, we believe in identifying and nurturing new talent, and we want to do that in the music industry too. Jeff Harleston and his phenomenal team at Def Jam have given us their trust and resources to develop artists who not only have potential but are persistent. We look forward to the upcoming trip. “