Jay-Z Memoirs Out Soon
Long-awaited autobiography released before Christmas…
Jay-Zwill release Decoded, a book about his life, in November.
The autobiography includes interviews with the rap superstar’s family and friends, and details his childhood growing up as Shawn Carter in Brooklyn, his time dealing drugs as a teenager, his early rap career and his subsequent rise to be one of hip-hop’s biggest entrepreneurs. Decoded will also feature detailed examinations of some of Jay’s most famous lyrics.
The book was completed several years ago but the Empire State Of Mind rapper said he only now felt ready to release it. "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," he explained.
"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."
Jay also revealed that working on the book had helped him better understand his father, who abandoned his family when the star was 11. "It was still wrong, at the end of the day, but he did stick around at a time where it wasn't particularly cool or popular," the 99 Problems rapper said. "He married my mum at a time when guys were just leaving, and you'd never even meet your dad. So it made me ease up a little bit in how I felt about him."
Decoded was finished before Jay-Z married Beyonce and before he released The Blueprint 3, so it’s not clear if the book will feature those milestone’s in the rapper’s life.