Jay-Z book Decoded on shelves today!!!

16 Nov

Jay-Z can now add author to his list of accomplishments, his new book Decoded is on shelves today.  Decoded is a memoir of the rappers lyrics and its meaning.  His aim with this book is to get people to understand not just his lyrics but rap music as a whole. 

Last night, Jay did a book signing at a New York Public Library, guest included Dr. Cornel West, Harry Belafonte, and Lupe Fiasco.  During the event, “LIVE at NYPL”, Jay Z,  Dr. West and the library’s director Paul Holdengräber led a discussion which was centered around rap culture, history and racism.  Lupe Fiasco and Harry Belafonte also chimed in the conversation as they sat front row.

During the discussion Jay Z says,

“This book is much more than just an autobiography,” he said. “It’s basically about music and about the power of words — rap as poetry. Then it told the story of a generation of kids. It gave a voice to what we were feeling, emotions we were going through. So it was much more important than just a story about me.”

Jay wants the world to know that rap is an art form that should be respected no matter what rappers say, because there’s more to the lyrics than words…at least that’s what I gather.  Some people may enjoy rap music but they really don’t get where it comes from and why the lyrics are what they are.  unfortunately, due to the high volume of crap out nowadays the world may still misunderstand rap as being garbage or ghetto.  Here’s what Jay had to say about what the world viewed about rap music. 

“We’re talking about something that was dismissed as a fad,…‘Oh, it’s just another fad. It’ll be gone.’ So it’s terribly misunderstood. The same people who thought rap was a fad need to really understand what we’re saying and get into the deeper meanings of what we’re talking about.”

He also credits his meeting with Oprah as a part of the reason he decided to write ‘Decoded’. 

“Oprah was a big reason I wrote this book,“We had conversations about language and the N word, and while we didn’t agree, we left that conversation with a better understanding.”

You can also catch Jay-Z on Oprah December 12th when she airs in Australia.  I wonder if he decodes any of his misogynistic lyrics? I don’t know…what do you guys think about Jay Z writing this book?

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