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Decoded by Jay-Z
Nov 01, 2011 | ISBN 9780812981155
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    Nov 01, 2011 | ISBN 9780812981155

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    Nov 16, 2010 | ISBN 9781400068920

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    Dec 07, 2010 | ISBN 9781588369598

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    Dec 07, 2010 | ISBN 9780679605218

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“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

“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 

“Hip-hop’s renaissance man drops a classic. . . . Heartfelt, passionate and slick.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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