Decoded by Jay-zDecoded by Jay-z



Paperback | November 1, 2011

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Expanded paperback edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.
Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time.
Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) is one of the most successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs of all time.
Title:DecodedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.1 × 7.38 × 0.89 inPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0812981154

ISBN - 13:9780812981155

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok reading this gave me a different perspective
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Big Jay-Z fan and this book was very interesting. Great to hear his meaning behind the lyrics of some of my favorite to read this again.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've ever read It was an eye opening book for me on a lot of topics.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most creative and refreshing pieces of literature from a Hip Hop Legend The approach that Jay-Z takes in crafting "Decoded" is unlike any book I have ever read. Not only does he break down the meanings and thoughts some of his biggest records, he also takes you back to the space that he was in while creating these gems.
Date published: 2011-11-17

Editorial Reviews

“Compelling . . . provocative, evocative . . . Part autobiography, part lavishly illustrated commentary on the author’s own work, Decoded gives the reader a harrowing portrait of the rough worlds Jay-Z navigated in his youth, while at the same time deconstructing his lyrics.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “One of a handful of books that just about any hip hop fan should own.”—The New Yorker“Elegantly designed, incisively written . . . an impressive leap by a man who has never been known for small steps.”—Los Angeles Times “A riveting exploration of Jay-Z’s journey . . . So thoroughly engrossing, it reads like a good piece of cultural journalism.”—The Boston Globe  “Shawn Carter’s most honest airing of the experiences he drew on to create the mythic figure of Jay-Z . . . The scenes he recounts along the way are fascinating.”—Entertainment Weekly