Albert Johnson, better known as Prodigy from hip hop duo Mobb Deep, has launched his own urban and crime fiction imprint, Infamous Books.
The imprint was formed through a partnership with indie publisher, Akashic Books.
The imprint opened with Prodigy’s novella, H.N.I.C. The hip hop star collaborated with UK fantasy writer Steven Savile on this book.
Here’s more about the imprint from Brooklyn Based:
Marvis Johnson, Prodigy’s manager, believes that the authors on the Infamous imprint will appeal to established hip-hop fans, and that Akashic, which published the 2011 runaway hit Go the Fuck to Sleep, can connect with this broad followng. Urban literature is largely marketed only to an African-American audience, which, Johnson says, misses a large portion of the hip-hop fan base.