Synopses & Reviews
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)
"One of a handful of books that just about any hip hop fan should own." The New Yorker
Decoded is an intimate, first-person portrait of the life and art of Jay-Z, organized around a "decoding" of his most famous and provocative lyrics. This beautifully designed, fully illustrated book offers a surprising and revealing look at the life, influences, and artistic process of one of the most successful, widely admired, controversial, and compelling figures in American culture today.