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Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) is one of the most successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs of all time.
Fiction/Biography Profile
Rap music
Rap musicians
Hip Hop music
Hip Hop culture
African Americans
- United States
Time Period
-- 20th-21st century
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Rapper/mogul Jay-Z presents the lyrics to 36 of his songs, and provides their fuller autobiographical and cultural context. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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.<br> <br> Praise for Decoded<br> <br> "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 <br> <br> "One of a handful of books that just about any hip hop fan should own." -- The New Yorker <br> <br> "Elegantly designed, incisively written . . . an impressive leap by a man who has never been known for small steps." -- Los Angeles Times <br> <br> "A riveting exploration of Jay-Z's journey . . . So thoroughly engrossing, it reads like a good piece of cultural journalism." -- The Boston Globe <br> <br> "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 Weekly <br> <br> "Hip-hop's renaissance man drops a classic. . . . Heartfelt, passionate and slick." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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