Saturday, October 30, 2010
Jay-Z Memoir 'Decoded' Due In November!
Decoded, a book published by Spiegel & Grau that mixes first-person memoir with detailed discussions of his most famous and provocative lyrics, will hit bookstores on November 16th, 2010. Jay-Z collaborated with former The Source editor Dream Hampton on the book, which includes interviews with Jay-Z's family and friends as well as the rapper, himself. Over its 336 pages, Decoded will trace Jay-Z's life from his childhood in Brooklyn's Marcy Projects to his years as a teen drug dealer to becoming a hip-hop superstar. The hardcover, illustrated book will also explore Jay-Z's creative process.
Featuring an image of Andy Warhol's "Rorschach" on the cover, the fully-illustrated book decodes 36 songs from Jay-Z's extensive catalog, offering an intimate, first-hand account of the rapper's most famous raps.
In addition to the hardcover release, Random House will publish "Decoded" as an eBook, as well as an interactive iPhone/iPad application that will include exclusive video and customizable content.
Here's an excerpt from "Decoded:"
"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."