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Decoded (Paperback)

Author: Jay-Z
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0812981154
ISBN-13: 9780812981155
Sku: 221773532
Publish Date: 11/1/2011
Pages:  352
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"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
"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.
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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.

“Hip-hop’s renaissance man drops a classic. . . . Heartfelt, passionate and slick.”— Kirkus, starred review


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It should come as no surprise that one of these most innovative and successful men alive takes an unconventional approach to his first autobiographical book. So, don't expect, when opening the pages of DECODED by Jay-Z, for this to chronologically cover the highs and lows of this man's life and career. Instead Jay-Z reveals himself and shares his defining moments elliptically, through thoughtful examinations of his lyrics. He clarifies references, makes connections, and includes very direct statements on the real-life events that the poetry alludes to. Readers will walk away with much more than a series of events along a timeline; DECODED offers an artistic look inside Jay-Z's thought processes, priorities, ambitions, struggles, and passions.

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DECODED is less a conventional memoir or artistic manifesto than an elliptical, puzzlelike collage: amid the photo-sharp reminiscences, there are impassioned music history lessons that place rap in a social and political context; enthusiastic shout-outs to the Notorious B.I.G. and Lauryn Hill; remedial lessons in street slang...and personal asides about the exhaustingly competitive nature of rap....At the same time, DECODED is a book that highlights the richly layered, metaphoric nature of the author's own rhymes...." - Michiko Kakutani 11/23/2010

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0352
Product attributePublisher:   Spiegel & Grau
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