Jay-Z talks Decoded, his book, saying it's a story about a bunch of people who grew up during a specific time period, a generation. Jay-Z expressed that the book is so much more than a lyrical key. He goes in about the tug-a-war he faced between rap and the streets and credits his move to pursue Rap as possibly being one reason he is not in jail or dead. Before the interview begins, footage is shown that features quite a few of Jay-Z's songs.| Jay-Z on Charlie Rose (official video)
Decoded - Jay Z's autobiography. He's not my idol but he earns respect for branching out of underground hip hop to entrepreneurship. It's difficult to see how Jay Z's book would fit into my life but at the same time, the maximism of the book's design renders it classic. This just shows that for better or worse, a book can become a classic even if it defies the rules.
"We were kids without fathers…so we found our fathers on wax and on the streets and in history, and in a way, that was a gift. We got to pick and choose the ancestors who would inspire the world we were going to make for ourselves…Our fathers were gone, usually because they just bounced, but we took their old records and used them to build something fresh." - Jay-Z