DecodedDecoded by Jay-Z
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Truly fascinating and beautifully presented book. It’s worth the read if only to remind yourself that rap and hip-hop songs, while often reality-based, do not necessarily reflect real life, and the performers do not necessarily share the views of their subjects. Jay-Z writes about his life coming up in the projects, escaping the doomed life of the hustler, and becoming a recording star and mogul. And the best part is the way he breaks down the lyrics of a number of his songs to explain why they aren’t what they appear to be on the surface. I read to learn, and this book definitely taught me a lot.