Signed Jay Z: "Decoded"
“I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not trying.” -Jay Z
Decoded" is an intimate, first-person portrait of the life and art of Jay-Z. Compelling and 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 and decoding his most famous and provocative lyrics.
Decoded is a book like no other. This beautifully designed and fully illustrated book is a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, a moment in history, and offers a surprising and revealing look at the life, of one of the most successful, widely admired, controversial, and compelling figures in American culture today.
"One of a handful of books that just about any hip hop fan should own."
- The New Yorker
"Elegantly designed, incisively written . . . an impressive leap by a man who has never been known for small steps."
- Los Angeles Times
"A riveting exploration of Jay-Z's journey . . . So thoroughly engrossing, it reads like a good piece of cultural journalism." - The Boston Globe
"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
This first edition printing is in near perfect condition and has been attractively signed “Jay Z”, in black ball pen, on the title page by Shawn Carters’s own hand. The “Jay Z” signature has been authenticated by third party experts from the top authenticators in the country.
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