Roc Lit, the publishing division of Roc Nation and a label of Random House, has announced Lucky Me, the memoirs of Rich Paul, CEO and founder of Klutch Sports Group and director of sports of United Talent Agency.
Lucky Me highlights Paul’s life before Klutch, including navigating a tough Cleveland community. The story details a smart street kid moving around town while transitioning, while also collecting lessons. As much as the story highlights Paul, the story will also serve as a look at Cleveland and its challenges with drugs, violence, and the deterioration of schools and neighborhoods.
“Lucky Me is more than my story,” Paul said. “Lucky Me is the story of all the young black men who grew up like me. I want to use my story to encourage and inspire those who lived through this and educate those who did not. I can’t tell you what it means to partner with my friend and mentor JAY-Z on this project. Lucky Me was the name of the book even before I spoke to JAY because his music was the soundtrack to my life. “
Now as the leader of Klutch, Paul represents some of the NBA’s greatest athletes, including LeBron James, Anthony Davis, John Wall, Ben Simmons and Draymond Green. In 2019, Paul’s agency partnered with the United Talent Agency (UTA), an evolution that led to expansion into the NFL. This week, Klutch announced the signing of Heisman’s trophy-winning wide receiver Devonta Smith.
“Rich has always been wise beyond his age, with a wealth of knowledge gained from his inimitable curiosity,” said JAY-Z. “To no one’s surprise, Rich has built a phenomenal business with Klutch Sports. This book is an American “against all odds” story, and I think young people in similar settings will see themselves in ‘Lucky Me’. My long friendship with Rich aside, he has one of the best stories of growing up in America’s ghettos and overcoming adversity. On a personal note, the fact that I am able to publish this book with someone who inspires me and who I have watched grow is so rewarding! “
Roc Lit 101 editor Chris Jackson added: “Rich Paul is one of the most influential figures in professional sports today, but to his credit, that’s not the story he wants to tell. Instead, it’s a story of the people who shaped his life in a humble corner of Cleveland, Ohio, and ultimately a story about how we take care of each other. This will be a foundational project for the Roc Lit 101 program and we couldn’t be more excited to have Rich join our team. ”