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Jay-Z - Decoded Book | Cover Art

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Jay-Z's long awaited book, "Decoded", is set to be released on November 16th, 2010 and today the artwork for the cover has been released featuring an image of Andy Warhol's "Rorschach". This illustrated book will "decode" 36 songs from Jay-Z's catalog giving a deep intimate look into some of the Brooklyn rapper's most notorious lyrics and melodies. The book will be released in both a hardcover, eBook, and an iPhone/iPad application that will include various video and customizable content. Hit the jump for an excerpt of the book. Pre-order the book now at Amazon. via: Billboard

"When I first started working on this book, I told my editor that I wanted it to do three important things. The first was to make the case that hip-hop lyrics-not just my lyrics, but those of every great MC-are poetry if you look at them closely enough. The second was I wanted the book to tell a little bit of the story of my generation, to show the context for the choices we made at a violent and chaotic crossroads in recent history.  And the third piece was that I wanted the book to show how hip-hop created a way to take a very specific and powerful experience and turn it into a story that everyone in the world could feel and relate to."