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

  • Electronic book text | 352 pages
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Digital
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753546159
  • 9780753546154

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"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 *show 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

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6,538 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 26% (1,685)
4 38% (2,512)
3 27% (1,782)
2 7% (432)
1 2% (127)
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