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By Jay-Z | Comments: ( 569 ) | Date: ( Jul 04, 2020 )

This is the intimate, first person chronicle of the life and work of Jay Z, born Shawn Carter in Brooklyn s notorious Marcy Projects, now known to many as the greatest rapper alive.Told through lyrics, images and personal narrative, Decoded shares the story of Jay Z s life through the 10 codes that define him, giving an unparalleled insight into his background, influencesThis is the intimate, first person chronicle of the life and work of Jay Z, born Shawn Carter in Brooklyn s notorious Marcy Projects, now known to many as the greatest rapper alive.Told through lyrics, images and personal narrative, Decoded shares the story of Jay Z s life through the 10 codes that define him, giving an unparalleled insight into his background, influences and the artistic process that shapes his work Each chapter features a highly personal narrative section followed by a visually captivating selection of his most famous and provocative lyrics underlining the chapter s themes, along with Jay Z s own decoding of each lyric, uncovering the wordplay and stories behind the song.This is a brilliant insight into the art and poetry of hip hop, as well as the life of one of the genre s greatest artists.

  • Title: Decoded
  • Author: Jay-Z
  • ISBN: 9780753522691
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:


Shawn Corey Carter, better known by his stage name Jay Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and occasional actor He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, having a net worth of over 450 million as of 2010 He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving thirteen Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all time He was ranked so by MTV in their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time in 2006 Two of his albums, Reasonable Doubt 1996 and The Blueprint 2001 are considered landmarks in the genre with both of them being ranked in Rolling Stone magazine s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time Blender, included the former on their 500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die.Jay Z co owns the 40 40 Club, is part owner of the NBA s New Jersey Nets and is also the creator of the line Rocawear.He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, one of the three founders of Roc A Fella Records, and the founder of Roc Nation As an artist, he holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 with eleven Jay Z also has had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, one as lead artist.He married American RB superstar Beyonc Knowles on April 4, 2008 On December 11, 2009, Jay Z was ranked as the 10th most successful artist of the 2000 s by Billboard and ranking as the 5th top solo male artist and as the 4th top rapper behind Eminem, Nelly, and 50 Cent.

Comments Decoded

  • Erin

    Jayz is my favorite rapper, though Kendrick is coming for the throne. He wasn't always my favorite rapper, that title use to be shared by Mase and Silk the Shocker( don't judge me! I was 10 years old!). It wasn't until around 1998 when Jayz released "Hard Knock Life" that I became a fan and a serious hip hop head. I then when back and bought all of Jay's old albums, I started listening to BIG and Pac. I completely immersed myself in all things hip hop. When I discovered Nas I immediately dumped [...]

  • Jeremy

    Jay-Z and Dream Hampton put together something which is not quite memoir, not quite manifesto and not quite full-blown lyrical analysis. Instead they just sort of dip in and out of each of these things, usually for just a few pages at a time before shifting moods. As someone who has been more or less conditioned to think of Black Pop Stars as eccentrics who live in their own insular, occasionally tragic little worlds. (Prince, George Clinton, Michael Jackson, Sun Ra, Sly Stone et al), I found hi [...]

  • Laurel Beth

    Jay-Z is my favorite rapper for a reason. That reason is not just the words "We used to use umbrellas to change the weather / Now we travel first class to change the forecast." It's not just that in Allure he alludes to "All the Laurels in the world / I feel your pain." As Hov himself'd say, he can spit over any beat. But he knows the power of the music, of the words, of the memories and the self-reliance and the heartache and the buying your nephew a car just to have him die in it. When Jay men [...]

  • Bobby

    This book really surprised me. I'm always curious about the lives of musicians and have always had an appreciation for a select roster of hip hop artists, but I genuinely found this book compelling and hard to put down.Jay-Z doesn't come off as arrogant as I'd have thought. Instead, he seems very self-aware and conscience of how unique his life is. He also lets readers into a world that most probably know little about. His explanations of drug dealing, rapping, and the music industry are given m [...]

  • Clint

    The Life and Times of Shawn CarterThrough the early chapters of ‘Decoded,’ I was dogged by a sense of dissonance. Apart from the lyrical transcripts, the voice of Jay-Z, the persona, scarcely appeared. It’s an unmistakable voice, recognizable by its bravado, its misogyny, its unabashed prioritizing of the self. Here, instead, I heard a narrative voice humming with graciousness, sharpening on occasion but tending toward softer, more elegant rhythms and tones.Was this disembodiment the work [...]

  • Andre

    I was riding with Jay, through the whole book, and I think the videos in this enhanced edition are invaluable and definitely add to the work. To hear him explain his thought process on certain songs is a bonus to the literature. Being a fan of Jay Z, I wasn't just interested in the decoding of his songs, I was decoding his words about the songs. So when it gets near the end and Jay offers up his defense of the word n****, everything in the preceding 300 odd pages becomes cloudy, or a hustle. You [...]

  • Elena

    Jay-Z's Decoded is part biography, part commentary on American events and issues from the 1980's to the present, part poetry anthology, part history of rap and hip-hop music, and part sociology textbook. Don't be fooled into thinking it is going to be a quick, light read. It was interesting to read this book after Keith Richards's Life. Illegal drugs had a huge effect on the lives of both of these men; Richards as a consumer, and Carter as a dealer. Both men found inspiration and solace in Ameri [...]

  • Ben Babcock

    A friend lent Decoded me after I expressed a desire to “get into hip hop”. This is not a whim on my part but a recognition of a gap in my otherwise wide musical listening. Although I would say that my “favourite” music tends towards a fairly narrow swath of sound, and my tastes are decidedly more pop than hard rock in later years, I appreciate a lot of different sounds, albeit perhaps not equally. I rock out to classical music cranked loud with my windows down; I dance around my kitchen [...]

  • Roger

    When I finished this book, I knew that I wanted to review it, but I wasn’t sure what I had just read. I flipped through other reviews and some people called it a memoir; it is. Some called it a scrapbook; it is. Some called it a tabletop book; it is. I guess that’s why I found it so hard to categorize, because it was all of these types of books contained in around 300 pages, but what is most important about this book that the covers these different mediums is that it works in each one, and [...]

  • C.E. G

    4.5 stars. This took me almost 2 months to complete, and that's actually the pace that I'd recommend reading it at. If I were to make a list of books that I wish all Americans would read, this one would make the cut. I doubt that Jay Z and I see eye to eye on all the issues, but that didn't really matter to me while I read this.Before reading this book, I hadn't really listened to Jay Z's work (besides hearing it on the radio, but considering the complexity of his lyrics and how attentive I am w [...]

  • Aleeda

    People who think they know me will find it hard to believe I read this book, much less rated it amazing. Perhaps that is how Jay-Z feels when people write him off as a drug-dealing, gun-loving, woman-hating gangster thug.Decoded is several books in one: a memoir, a history lesson, a social commentary, a book of poetry, and a set of Cliff Notes. First the memoir: Jay-Z gives a honest account of the life that he lead on the way to selling millions of records. His story is raw, warts and all; growi [...]

  • Karen

    Oh yes I did read this. Well, to be perfectly accurate, I read MOST of it. I have only heard one Jay-Z song all the way through, and most of this book consists of him interpreting his lyrics, defining and defending the language and the life behind the songs. I must say, in full disclosure, that I rarely listen to rap and hardly consider it to be music; and I am someone who listens to almost every genre out there. I have dismissed rap as misogynistic, violent and derogatory. They freely "borrow" [...]

  • Nnedi

    i think this book is great, so let me say that up front. i recommend it. BUT- IT IS THE MOST SEXIST BOOK ON EARTH, quietly so. one paragraph on Foxy Brown? really? BARELY a mention of the impact of Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill, Salt & Peppa, or Roxanne Shanté (no mention of her at all). this man talks about hip-hop as if it is, by definition male. and in the same breath calls it black america's most defining art. Wooow

  • Steve Bradshaw

    Wow, one of my favorite all-time books!Things I learnt from this book:1 Jay-Z actually is from a broken home in a housing project and actually was a (highly successful) crack dealer/runner for years before becoming a rapper. 2 Jay-Z has a photographic memory and aced his way through school. He is also ADD and can't sit still.3 Jay-Z never signed with a label (they wouldn't take him). So with a few friends they started Roc-A-Fella Records with drug money Jay-Z had saved. As a result he has always [...]

  • Zack Greenburg

    Disclaimer: I'm about to release my own book on Jay-Z (jayzbook).That said, I thought that Decoded was a beautifully conceived and designed book. Ultimately, though, I felt that it didn't decode much at all. The book’s 300-plus pages are divided between traditional narrative, lyrical analysis and sprawling photos; the lavish spreads and chunky fonts that dominate Decoded make it more of a coffee table book than an autobiography. Decoded has its moments, to be sure. We learn that Jay-Z was refe [...]

  • Bruce

    Ummm don't read this if quoted expletives offend your sensibilities. Gotta be true to the source material.Exegesis - critical annotations of, and usually accompanied by, a sacred or poetic textHousing projects are a great metaphor for the government's relationship to poor folks: these huge islands built mostly in the middle of nowhere, designed to warehouse lives. People are still people, though, so we turned the projects into real communities, poor or not. We played in fire hydrants and had coo [...]

  • Amanda

    3 1/2 stars. When Hova writes a book's weird. Not because he's black or a rapper.ly because he's not old enough really to write a memoir. Especially since he just became a dad. This is ultimately my problem with memoirs: Author, you're too young to write a memoir; live some more life please.Luckily, this is not a memoir, not really. It's really a defense of rap/hip hop, comparable to Shelley's "A Defence of Poetry," which is one of my favorite prose pieces of all time. Now I say comparable becau [...]

  • Chris

    This book was fantastic and not just because I have been a Jay-Z fan since Reasonable Doubt. I feel it has brought an entire new perspective to his entire catalog of music and I can't wait to re-listen to everything. I don't care if you hate hip-hop, this book is a fantastic read. Learning about his background, his situation, and how his perseverance and focus allowed him and continues to allow him to achieve everything he sets out to do. Although I don't agree with much of his politics and soci [...]

  • Colleenish

    I know that I am an unlikely reader of this book. I don't really listen to rap. I grew up in the same country as these stories, but worlds away. I have SPF 50 skin. I sound stupid when I swear at all. I know that I am a likely reader of this book. It's a book about words and art. It's political. It's about my country. There's a lot to learn from this sharp source. And besides, I just can't pass up a biography. Jay-Z chooses to focus mainly on his work. Much of this book is simply footnoted pages [...]

  • Monty

    Thanks to my son for suggesting I read this important book. I am a person who doesn't listen to song lyrics. I respond more to how the words sound, what the beat and syncopation are like, and how the overall sound feels to me. Some rap and hip-songs appeal to me and some don't. I know that poetry is part of this kind of genre, as is swearing, boasting and so on. But until I starting reading Decoded, I had no idea how rich and complex this music is. I can only guess that hip-hop devotees understa [...]

  • Susie

    I'm continuing my celebrity memoir kick!*Update* It was time to return the book to the library and I hadn't finished yet. It was better than I thought it would be but still not great enough to recheck out.

  • Eva Leger

    I shouldn't have waited so long to review this but I honestly had so much going through my mind about the content of this book that I needed time to process it all. Like a lot of my reviews that I have more than a few comments about this isn't going to be in any sort of order. I made notes in the book about certain parts I wanted to comment on so I'm going to go in order of those while adding in anything new I think of at the same time.First I want to say that Jay-Z is one of my all-time favorit [...]

  • Chris Witt

    Wanted to post some thoughts on this before I forget.I came into this as somebody who wasn't a Jay-Z fan. Wasn't a rap fan.To be clear, that's not the same as somebody who dislikes Jay-Z or rap. Just more that, most days, neither is on my musical radar.I have checked out The Black Album a few years ago and really enjoyed it. And I buy maybe one or two rap albums a year, listen to a half-dozen or so but I wouldn't consider that to qualify me as an aficionado, either.So that's my prologue. Still h [...]

  • Aly (Fantasy4eva)

    I read decoded when it first came out many years ago. It was everywhere, and justifiably so since you can bet jay z and his articulate self would have some gems to drop. Rap was a big part of my life growing up and it's something that I have heavily felt a connection with throughout my life.Although much of the book consists of jay z dissecting his lyrics and showing us just how well thought and deep his songs are, he also shows us just how articulate and deep he is. He's someone who has been th [...]

  • Oleg Kagan

    Having been fan of rap since my childhood, I am pleased that one of my favorite rappers is taking steps towards giving his genre credibility as an art form on a greater scale than just its fanbase. Decoded mixes images with snippets the rapper's autobiographical musings in loose chronological format and intersperses them with what is probably the most unusual (read: unexpected) element of the book: selected song lyrics with annotations (hence the book's title). While I appreciated the autobiogra [...]

  • BookOfCinz

    What a powerful read. I didn’t have any expectations when I began reading this book. I asked on Facebook for book recommendation and someone suggested I read “Decoded”. I am so happy I went with this suggestion because I don’t think I would have gone and read this on my own. I am actually surprised at how relatable, informative, historical, real and well put together this book was. My surprise also points out one of the major points Jay-Z made in the book, why am I so surprised that a hi [...]

  • Calvin Kenley

    This book came out last year and was marketed as a high end coffee table book--a compilation of lyrics, explanations, pictures, and stories. As a piece of art I would say that the book works rather well. It's fun to look at and well designed. As a memoir, there are a few great moments. Jay is at his strongest when he is telling stories. It's why his music is compelling, he rarely makes you feel like you have to agree or disagree with the narrator. When he tells stories about the industry or his [...]

  • A Meneses

    This is not a typical memoir. Jay-Z knows how to write, he has a beautiful way with words. It's a ode to writing and the history of rap told trough Jay-Z own stories. I don't now how to describe the impact it had in my life and I don't think this book is for everyone, but if you like him, give it a try, it surprised me a lot. It's one of the best books written by celebrities that I had the pleasure to read.

  • Carolyn

    Jay-Z’s long awaited autobiography, Decoded, isn’t a tell-all. It doesn’t delve into his courtship of Beyonce or their marriage. There is very little detail about his life once he became successful. What it does detail is how his childhood and adolescence molded him into the person he is today, his perception of what hip-hop truly is and how he feels it should evolve, and his artistic sensibilities and how that shapes his lyrics and the messages within his raps.Personally, I’m not a big [...]

  • Shanae

    I think "Decoded" was marketed all wrong - had it been marketed for what it really is, then I would have been more excited about the "memoir." Anyway, I thought the book was a well-written account of Hip-Hop history and its affects on Jay-Z's career and Jay-Z the persona. I thought this book was a pseudo-memoir in which Jay-Z explained some of his favorite or most popular lyrics. Instead, Jay-Z makes a great literary and historical memoir about (some) of his life. He does not go into detail abou [...]

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