Decoded

Decoded

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 317 pages
  • 190 x 234 x 27mm | 885g
  • Random House Inc.
  • Spiegel & Grau
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS THROUGHOUT
  • 0812982010
  • 9780812982015
  • 335,580

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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 Weeklyshow more

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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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