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Decoded by Jay-Z
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Feb 07, 11

Read in February, 2011

I thought Jay-Z did something I haven't seen other writers accomplish; he managed to create a readable explanation of the complexity behind the music and culture of rap and hip hop. Historical accounts pick up on the who and when, but overlook the fact that rap cannot be understood if the listener can't relate to it as an art. Jay-z picks up this missing piece, explaining his intended meanings that are overshadowed by what people interpret to be words of misogyny and hatred. Sure, he doesn't really delve into the issues concerned parents want him to; but he states his goals in writing the book very clearly- for people to comprehend the craft of wordplay that is embedded in the roots of rap. He does this while creating visual images and emotional descriptions that are as eloquent as they are genuine.

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