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    DescriptionThis is the intimate, first-person chronicle of the life and work of Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter in Brooklyn's notorious Marcy Projects, now known to many as the greatest rapper alive. Told through lyrics, images and personal narrative, "Decoded" shares the story of Jay-Z's life through the 10 codes that define him, giving an unparalleled insight into his background, influences and the artistic process that shapes his work. Each chapter features a highly personal narrative section followed by a visually captivating selection of his most famous and provocative lyrics underlining the chapter's themes, along with Jay-Z's own 'decoding' of each lyric, uncovering the wordplay and stories behind the song. This is a brilliant insight into the art and poetry of hip-hop, as well as the life of one of the genre's greatest artists.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jay-Z
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 196 mm
    Height: 243 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 1,168 g
    ISBN 13: 9780753522691
    ISBN 10: 0753522691

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC subject category V2: BGF
    Ingram Subject Code: MU
    BIC subject category V2: AVH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15970
    DC22: 782.421649092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO004000, MUS031000
    Thema V1.0: DNBF, AVN, AVP, AVLP
    Illustrations note
    col. Illustrations
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Virgin Books
    Publication date
    18 November 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records. He is one of the most successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs of all time.
    Review quote
    "People don't just expect new records from Jay - they expect epochal events, game-changing statements" Rolling Stone "Hip-hop's undisputed king" The Times "The most successful rapper alive" Guardian "The undisputed king of rap" NME "Will Self dismissed rap as unmelodic, inarticulate ranting - until Jay-Z's eloquent memoir and an anthology of lyrics came along to change his mind" The Times