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Decoded Paperback – 3 Nov 2011
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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)
'Hip-hop's undisputed king' shares his story, his lyrics and his inspirationSee all Product description
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There is also a focus on the business side of the music business. From starting his own label, to releasing his own music and finding new talent. Here we learn that he had to cover many fronts at a time to keep everything in check. As the man himself put it: "I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man"
All this is accompanied by Jay-Z's lyrics and his explantation for them. If you ever wondered what a certain rhyme of wordplay meant, this book is for you. The book contains many beautiful photo's and anecdotes about his past and the people he collaborated with.
I am a Jay-Z fan, but after reading this, it has left me wanting to know more about him. I love how open and honest this book is and would recommend it to anyone, especially to those who have the perception of dismissing rap altogether.
I definitely will be reading it over again, just to ensure I have most of his songs on my iPod in which I can follow the lyrics through!