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By (author) Jay-Z

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  • Publisher: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 189mm x 234mm x 21mm | 978g
  • Publication date: 18 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0753522705
  • ISBN 13: 9780753522707
  • Edition statement: Airport / Ireland / Export and Waterstones ed
  • Sales rank: 377,027

Product description

This 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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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.