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Expanded paperback edition of the acclaimed "New York Times "bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded. "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."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 185.42 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 1,020.58g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0812981154
  • 9780812981155
  • 70,573

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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 ""show more