JAY-Z talks about his new book DECODED in conversation with Cornell West at the New York Public Library

Monday, November 15, 2010 - 6:00pm

Come to Off Square Books for a live telecast of Jay-Z in conversation with Cornell West at New York's Public Library. 


“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.”—JAY-Z, from DECODED

Unique in every sense, DECODED is a narrative journey through the lyrics and life of one of the most prolific artists of our time. JAY-Z describes the hidden meanings behind some of his most provocative songs and provides a highly personal narrative of the culture that so powerfully shaped his life and art.

Featuring an image of Andy Warhol’s Rorschach on the cover, the beautifully designed book decodes 36 songs from JAY-Z’s extensive catalog. JAY-Z selected each song for particular reasons. Many songs contain back stories both personal and professional that he shares with readers now for the first time, offering an intimate, first-hand account of his work, his life, and the artistic process of creating some of the world’s most celebrated rhymes. JAY-Z emerges from this book as you’ve never seen him before offering insight into how his experiences shaped each line of his songs.

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Decoded By Jay-Z Cover Image
By Jay-Z
ISBN: 9781400068920
Availability: Usually Arrives in Store in 1-5 Days
Published: One World - November 16th, 2010