Last year, the Roc Nation captain, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jay-Z[/lastfm], released a hardcover book called “Decoded” that explained many of his rhymes and verses by correlating them with real-life incidences that inspired his lyrics.
[photogallerylink id=42666 align=left]On November 1st, Jay plans to re-release his book in paperback with a new cover. The second release will also include other additions like a new chapter and pictures. By far the most exciting additions are the three new songs and afterword, written by the man himself, Jay-Z.
This is a peak of the afterword, it really encompasses all you can gain from this book, “What still excites me about rap is that it’s an open thread, a cipher that listeners find their own meanings in. The point of this book is not to settle arguments or transform rap songs into neat stories with a beginning, middle, and end. Rather, I’m trying to point readers to some ideas and information, get them to see deeper into the music than they saw before and learn more about worlds different from their own (or find new ways of looking at the worlds they already know)—to find their own meanings and connect them back to their own lives. I want readers to see the craft and learn the context—and I want them to still be able to feel the magic, and enjoy the show.” —JAY-Z, from the new Afterword
The paperback version should be a cheaper buy, so I’d suggest at least flipping through this one. Knowing the history of an artist or song can help frame an album or song in a whole new light.
“Otis” by Jay-Z & Kanye West
[Source: Rap Radar]