Jay-Z's Lyrics Get "Decoded"
Hov preps for release of his first book
Due November 16, Decoded is the first book written by the multi-platinum, 10 time Grammy Award winning entrepreneur and icon. Featuring an image of Andy Warhol’s Rorschach on the cover, the fully-illustrated book decodes 36 songs from Jay-Z’s extensive catalog and offers an intimate, first-hand account of an artist, his work and the culture.
In addition to the hardcover release, Random House will publish Decoded as an eBook, as well as an interactive iPhone/iPad application that will include exclusive video and customizable content that will allow users to delve into a deeper Decoded experience.
Check out an excerpt from Decoded below:
"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."
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