Jay-Z's "Decoded" Gets Firm Release Date
Thu, 23 Sep 2010 10:58:25
Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and publisher Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, are joining forces to release Decoded, the first book written by the multi-platinum, 10 time Grammy Award winning entrepreneur and icon. He is also married to one of pop music's most beautiful and talented divas, lest you forget. Unique in every sense, the book is a narrative journey through the lyrics and life of one of the most prolific artists of our time.
Check out the cover, which was just released. It's an image of Andy Warhol's "Rorschach." Ultimately, the book is a beautifully designed, fully-illustrated tome that decodes 36 songs from Jay-Z's extensive catalog. By telling the stories behind some of Jay-Z's most famous and provocative lyrics, Decoded offers an intimate, first-hand account of an artist, his work, and the culture that so powerfully shaped him. "H to the Izzo, V to the Izzay" is a key lyric. "I've got 99 problems and a bitch ain't one" is another. "This is the anthem, throw your damn hands up" also tumbled from Jay-Z's mouth. Those are just his catch phrases; his lyrical catalogue runs deep!
In addition to the hardcover release, the book will also live in the digital realm, as Random House will publish Decoded as an eBook, as well as an interactive iPhone/iPad application that will include exclusive video and customizable content that will allow users to delve into a deeper experience with Decoded.
"This is a book that could only have come from Jay-Z. Every aspect of it reflects his style and ambition and heart. The unique structure he devised – combining intense personal narratives with revealing 'decodings' of some of his most powerful lyrics – underlines his central mission for the book: to use his famously layered and poetic lyrics and his one-of-a-kind life story to tell a wider story about the world he grew up in and the transformative power of hip-hop. Jay's rigorous attention to every detail of the book, right down to the book's jacket, which he art directed, was impressive, and the depth of his thinking – about his experiences and lyrics, but also about the creative process, the poetry of hip-hop, and the art of life – was a constant revelation. This is a book that will offer gratifying surprises and insights to both the long-time Jay-Z fan and to the reader who might meet him here for the first time," said Chris Jackson, Executive Editor, Spiegel & Grau, in a statement.
Will you purchase Decoded in hard cover or eBook form?