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Jay-Z to Re-Release ‘Decoded’ in Paperback With Bonus Songs

decoded-cvrRap mogul Jay-Z will re-release his lyric book ‘Decoded’ as a paperback via Random House on Nov. 1. The original book, which topped the New York Times Bestseller List, features illustrations and interpretations of 36 songs from Hov’s illustrious music catalog. The paperback will have the same stuff, but some extra goodies will be included for your reading enjoyment.

For the new songbook, sixteen pages have been added along with seven additional illustrations. Jay-Z also decoded three new songs for this edition: ‘I Know’ (from ‘American Gangster’), ‘Young Gz’ (his 1997 duet with the late Notorious B.I.G.) and ‘Lost One’ (from ‘Kingdom Come’).

The book will be in all-black, and if you are wondering what the heck that weird image is on the front cover, it’s a rare 1984 Rorschach painting by the late pop-art icon Andy Warhol. The new edition of ‘Decoded’ will make a great Christmas gift for the rap fan in your life.

Hov also penned a new afterword for the paperback edition, which reads:

What still excites me about rap is that it’s an open thread, a cipher that listeners find their own meanings in. The point of this book is not to settle arguments or transform rap songs into neat stories with a beginning, middle, and end. Rather, I’m trying to point readers to some ideas and information, get them to see deeper into the music than they saw before and learn more about worlds different from their own (or find new ways of looking at the worlds they already know) — to find their own meanings and connect them back to their own lives. I want readers to see the craft and learn the context — and I want them to still be able to feel the magic, and enjoy the show. — Jay-Z

You can pre-order the ‘Decoded’ paperback at Barnes & Noble, click here.

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