a half-ass book review/gushing: jay-z’s ‘decoded’

I’M GOING TO PUT THIS TO YOU PLAIN and SIMPLE: I’m fairly sure (94%) that there’s not a single person on the planet that has a legitimate reason to dislike Jay-Z (people who are jealous of him don’t count). I love Jay, and how can you not? He’s talented, wisdomatic, and married to one of the sexiest women on the planet (Beyoncé, holla gurl). Sure, there’s a curse word or two or twenty in what he writes (we all have them somewhere in our heads), but it’s genuine. Sometimes I’ll youtube ‘Empire State of Mind’ when I’m in my studio and just…blast it. Because Jay is a feel-good kind of guy.
I was ambling about Target today (looking for tennis balls, no less) and somehow meandered into the book section (?) where I saw this: DECODED. On sale. Did I buy it? No. Did I look through it? Yes. Do I want it? Chyeah. A lot. There’s great visuals, quotes, and plenty of deep explanations to his lyrical genius. It’s a thick book with more pictures than words and a lotta soul to go with it. I would slap that thing on my coffee table (if you can call it a coffee table, more like a shoe caddy) and look for reasons to read it.
Jay’s had me since his classic ‘Big Pimpin” hit my ears in 7th grade, or ‘Heartbreaker‘ he sang with Mariah Carey (whichever came first)(warning: there is a lot of Mariah booty, etc. in this song).
You can watch Jay-Z talking about his life and his book…for 112 minutes, in an interview with Cornel West. Glorious. Watch as much as you can, there is so much passion here!

“Jay Z, I was not ready to be somewhat…bowled over…by your book.”
Cornel West

and one of my favorite Jay youtube clips (from a few years ago):


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