Jay-Z Decoded Book Cover
On November 16th, Jay-Z will be releasing his autobiography Decoded. The artwork for the cover is an image from Andy Warhol’s 1984 “Rorschach” paintings. The book is 336 pages long and is a combination of interviews with family and friends, memoir, lyrics and tells how Jay made it out of Marcy Project’s to becoming one of the most, if not the most successful person in Hip-Hop. Journalist and Jay’s close friend Dream Hampton helped write the book. Random House plans to release Decoded as an eBook and iPhone/iPad application. Below is an excerpt from Jay on the project.
“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
If you guys are familiar with Dream Hampton, she’s a well-respected journalist. She had a great relationship with the late great Notorious B.I.G. (GOD bless the dead). If I’m not mistaking, she was with Biggie the night he was killed in L.A.
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