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Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time…

Submitted:Oct 19, 2010
Brand:Spiegel & Grau
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Category:Composers & Musicians
2 diggs • 0 comments • Oct 19, 2010 Decoded (9781400068920): Jay-Z: Books

When you're famous and say you're writing a book, people assume that it's an autobiography--I was born here, raised there, suffered this, loved that, lost it all, got it back, the end. But that's not what this is. I've never been a linear thinker, which is something you can see in my rhymes. They follow the jumpy logic of poetry and emotion, not the straight line of careful prose. My book is like that, too. Decoded is first and foremost, a book of rhymes, which is ironic because I don't actually write my rhymes--they come to me in my head and I record them. The book is packed with the stories from my life that are the foundation of my lyrics--stories about coming up in the streets of Brooklyn in the 80's and 90's, stories about becoming an artist and entrepreneur and discovering worlds that I never dreamed existed when I was a kid. But it always comes back to the rhymes. There's poetry in hip-hop lyrics--not just mine, but in the work of all the great hip-hop artists, from KRS-One and Rakim to Biggie and Pac to a hundred emcees on a hundred corners all over the world that you've never heard of. The magic of rap is in the way it can take the most specific experience, from individual lives in unlikely places, and turn them into art that can be embraced by the whole world. Decoded is a book about one of those specific lives--mine--and will show you how the things I've experienced and observed have made their way into the art I've created. It's also about how my work is sometimes not about my life at all, but about pushing the boundaries of what I can express through the poetry of rap--trying to use words to find fresh angles into emotions that we all share, which is the hidden mission in even the hardest hip-hop. Decoded is a book about some of my favorite songs--songs that I unpack and explain and surround with narratives about what inspired them--but behind the rhymes is the truest story of my life.


The Lennon Prophecy: A New Examination of the Death Clues of The Beatles

Offering a new interpretation of the hidden messages and symbols that have ornamented Beatles mythology for years, this examination of the Beatles' recordings and album artwork theorizes that John Lennon's murder was eerily foretold. Following a fascinating and unique trail of sorcery, mysticism, numerology, backwards masking, anagrams, and literary and theological writings, the book posits that John Lennon sold his soul in order to achieve international fame and fortune and subsequently paid the ultimate price for his success…

Submitted:Dec 9, 2009
Author:Joseph Niezgoda
Brand:New Chapter Press
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Category:Composers & Musicians
3 diggs • 0 comments • Dec 9, 2009

Did John Lennon Sell His Sould To The Devil? The Lennon Prophecy: A New Examination of the Death Clues of The Beatles (9780942257458): Joseph Niezgoda: BooksFunny comments about the book "The Lennon Propecy" on Did John Lennon sell his sould to the devil? Not sure. But the comments about this book on Amazon are great.


My Hyphy Life In Rhyme

This is the story of how one challenge actively turned into an adventure, which then turned into heartbreak, which then turned into a completely new romance. Find out in the exciting introduction to My Hyphy Life, the story of a humble independent rapper written in the form of a 24 bar verse. Transcending multiple genres of storytelling, and containing well over 350 poems, My Hyphy Life In Rhyme is as comprehensive as it is enjoyable. But don’t just take my word for it!

Submitted:May 22, 2009
Author:Sid Bostwick
Brand:Sid Bostwick
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Category:Composers & Musicians
2 diggs • 0 comments • May 22, 2009

My Hyphy Life In Rhyme Hits Kindle

The popular blog by hyphy artist Siditious has been converted to a full length collection of 350 poems now available in sequentially dated order. This is possibly the largest single collection of poetry by a single artist over a single year. Now available for 4.99 on Kindle and as an Amazon Digital Download.



For the first time, the biggest rock star in the world tells his life story.

In these extraordinary, intimate conversations, Bono speaks candidly about his faith, family, commitment, influences, and passions. It is the closest we will come, for now, to a memoir from the iconic frontman of U2…

Submitted:Apr 18, 2006
Author:Michka Assayas
Brand:Riverhead Trade
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2 diggs • 0 comments • Apr 18, 2006

Bono Book Republished with Introduction by...Bono?

Bono's 400 page interview book has recently been republished in a new edition with simply the addition of an introduction by Bono Himself.