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BOOKS: Jay-Z – Decoded

by Winston "Stone" Ford

After conquiring the world of music, fashion, and business, Hova had decided to take on the literary world as well.

Decoded is the first book from the Jigga man, and will delve delve deeper behind 36 of Jay-Z’s most noteworthy songs. The cover, and imprint of Andy Warhol’s Rorschach, coincides with the nature of the decoded theme. In addition to the book, Random House, the publisher, will be releasing an interactive version for the iPad.

Jay-Z on the book:

When I first started working on this book, I told my editor that I wanted it to do three important things. The first was to make the case that hip-hop lyrics—not just my lyrics, but those of every great MC—are poetry if you look at them closely enough. The second was I wanted the book to tell a little bit of the story of my generation, to show the context for the choices we made at a violent and chaotic crossroads in recent history. And the third piece was that I wanted the book to show how hip-hop created a way to take a very specific and powerful experience and turn it into a story that everyone in the world could feel and relate to.

This is a very good look for Mr. Carter. The high art ecstatic tears a page out of Kanye’s handbook, and will most likely end up on my coffee table soon.

Decoded drops on November 16th.