Decoded

Decoded

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Updated with 3 new songs, 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 186 x 230 x 22mm | 1,020.58g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 0753540568
  • 9780753540565
  • 204,964

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 Timesshow more

About Jay-Z

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.show more

Review Text

"The most successful rapper alive"show more

Rating details

6,331 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 26% (1,620)
4 38% (2,429)
3 27% (1,737)
2 7% (419)
1 2% (126)
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