Published Aug 06, 2010Being the richest, biggest name in rap is something that Jay-Z has had for quite a while. That wasn't always the case, however. As we all know, he grew up in the Marcy Projects of Brooklyn and sold drugs before selling out Madison Square Gardens. Now, his rise to fame will be chronicled through a new semi-autobiographical book called Decoded.
"It's too much. For the book, I was interviewed, people close to me were interviewed. So I was learning a lot of things I didn't know as a child," Jay-Z told Rolling Stone. "It's not anything I haven't said in the past, in songs. It's just more detailed. A song is three minutes long. A book doesn't have to rhyme, and it has no time limit, so you can say exactly how everything went."
The book recounts much of Jay-Z's life, from growing up without a dad to teenage years spent selling drugs and adulthood as the biggest name in rap music. According to Rolling Stone, the book has been completed for years, so it's unknown if his time as a Def Jam CEO, his ownership of the New Jersey Nets, his marriage to Beyoncé or other recent events in his life will be covered.
Decoded will hit shelves on November 16 via publisher Spiegel & Grau.