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Jay-Z To Release ‘Decoded’ Memoir In November of 2010

Jay-Z 'Decoded' To Drop In November

Jay-Z empire continues to grow as the multi-faceted artist is now set to release a semi-autobiographical book called Decoded. According to Rolling Stone, the upcoming book will be published by Spiegel & Grau and mixes first-person memoir with detailed explanations of some of the rapper’s most known lyrics.

“I’m gonna pick select ones … all the double-entendres and things that people may have missed or may have gotten and want confirmation on it,” Jay explained.

Jay teamed up with former The Source editor Dream Hampton to write the book, which will include interviews with Jay-Z, his family and friends to provide the reader with a unique perspective. Clocking in at 336 pages, the account will detail his life as a child in Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects, his years drug pusher and his meteoric rise to superstardom. Additionally, the hardcover, illustrated book will explore Jay-Z’s creative process.

“It’s too much. For the book, I was interviewed, people close to me were interviewed. So I was learning a lot of things I didn’t know as a child,” Jay-Z told Rolling Store previously. “It’s not anything I haven’t said in the past, in songs. It’s just more detailed. A song is three minutes long. A book doesn’t have to rhyme, and it has no time limit, so you can say exactly how everything went.”

Decoded will hit bookstores on November 16th. It’s currently available for pre-order at