Decoded

Hardcover | November 16, 2010

byJay-z

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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.

“Hip-hop’s renaissance man drops a classic. . . . Heartfelt, passionate and slick.”— Kirkus, starred review

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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.“Hip-hop’s renaissance man drops a classic. . . . Heartfelt, passionate and slick.”— Kirkus, starred review

Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.4 × 7.75 × 1.12 inPublished:November 16, 2010Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1400068924

ISBN - 13:9781400068920

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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

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“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 From the Trade Paperback edition.