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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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  • Hardback | 317 pages
  • 190.5 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 1,111.3g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • 1400068924
  • 9781400068920
  • 26,981

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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."

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