Decoded (Anglais) Relié – 18 novembre 2010
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Description du produit
Revue de presse
"Hip-hop's undisputed king" (The Times)
"The most successful rapper alive" (Guardian)
"The undisputed king of rap" (NME)
"Will Self dismissed rap as unmelodic, inarticulate ranting - until Jay-Z's eloquent memoir and an anthology of lyrics came along to change his mind" (The Times)
Présentation de l'éditeur
This is the intimate, first-person chronicle of the life and work of Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter in Brooklyn's notorious Marcy Projects, now known to many as the greatest rapper alive.
Told through lyrics, images and personal narrative, Decoded shares the story of Jay-Z's life through the 10 codes that define him, giving an unparalleled insight into his background, influences and the artistic process that shapes his work. Each chapter features a highly personal narrative section followed by a visually captivating selection of his most famous and provocative lyrics underlining the chapter's themes, along with Jay-Z's own 'decoding' of each lyric, uncovering the wordplay and stories behind the song.
This is a brilliant insight into the art and poetry of hip-hop, as well as the life of one of the genre's greatest artists.
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The book consists of lyrics "decoded," where Jay-Z explains both where the song ideas came from and the way all the lyrics are connected to each other, as well as portions of his real-world story, rising from the Marcy Projects to a best-selling artist competitive with the Beatles in terms of how many #1 albums they've had.
In particular interest to me were the chapters regarding his break-out crossover hit, "Hard Knock Life," and how Jay-Z had the realization that "Annie's story was my story." Jay-Z applies this knowledge to building a brand and identity for himself, which led to his pop crossover success on the charts.
Those kinds of insights, from a man who self-transformed into a superstar, are crucial for artists, entrepreneurs, and anyone out struggling with personal identity and their own success struggles.
I highly recommend this book. If I were a business professor or music teacher, I would make this required reading for students.
The beauty of Decoded lies in the way it is written. The main focus is the music. The main focus is the lyrics. Instead of chronologically detailing experiences from childhood to fame, Decoded approaches it differently. Each of the 14 chapters starts with a different personal life event. Jay-Z then identifies 3-4 songs he recorded (most often on different albums), which were inspired by this particular life event. He then goes through these songs line by line, stanza by stanza, lyric by lyric breaking down the specific meaning, inspiration and back story of each lyric.
This process is nothing short of miraculous.
Via this process, the reader inevitably picks up on meanings that you've completely missed out on for years. Being spoon fed all of the double entendre's, metaphors and overall witty word play changes your overall view on these songs. Songs you originally thought were "just okay" are transformed into classics. Songs you previously thought were "classics" into are transformed into timeless masterpieces.
To enhance the experience, I strongly recommend listening to the music immediately before reading the lyrics. Pre-listening online (and for free) allows the reader to read the lyrics with rhythm and fully absorb and appreciate the complex rhyme patterns and the overall skill Jay-Z has.
Jay-Z's music allows the listener to walk away feeling empowered. Decoded embodies this aspect. Decoded sheds new light on the music and is hands down the best hip hop book I've read.
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