Picture: Jay-Z Decoded Book Cover!
Jay-Z announced that he will be releasing his first book on Tuesday 16th November.
“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.”
The book is described as:
“Featuring an image of Andy Warhol’s Rorschach on the cover, the beautifully designed, fully-illustrated book decodes 36 songs from JAY-Z’s extensive catalog. By telling the stories behind some of Jay-Z’s most famous and provocative lyrics, Decoded offers an intimate, first-hand account of an artist, his work, and the culture that so powerfully shaped him.”
I’m a Jay-Z stan who also happens to like hip hop lyrics so you know I will be one of the first people to buy this book.
Jay-Z described the book by saying:
“When I first started working on this book, I told my editor that I wanted it to do three important things. The first was to make the case that hip-hop lyrics—not just my lyrics, but those of every great MC—are poetry if you look at them closely enough. The second was I wanted the book to tell a little bit of the story of my generation, to show the context for the choices we made at a violent and chaotic crossroads in recent history. And the third piece was that I wanted the book to show how hip-hop created a way to take a very specific and powerful experience and turn it into a story that everyone in the world could feel and relate to.”
Sounds interesting! I’m still waiting for Jigga to drop an official autobiography which is sure to be a best seller.
You can pre-order the book on Jay-Z’s Facebook page.
PS – Yo Jay, feel free to send me a free review copy. Holla at me!