First Edition of Jay-Z's Decoded; Signed by Him
Item Number: 26071
New York: Speigel and Grau, 2010.
First edition. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Signed by Jay-Z on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear.
The book combines lyrics, their explanations, anecdotes, reflections, and autobiographical information. Jay-Z explains the three reasons why he wanted to write the book being a case for hip-hop lyrics as poetry, to tell a generational story turned into powerful experiences and revolved as a story everyone can relate to. “One of a handful of books that just about any hip hop fan should own" (The New Yorker).