This Is the Cover of Jay-Z’s First Book


It’s Andy Warhol’s Rorschach, and it will serve as the jacket art for Decoded, a 336-page illustrated breakdown of the lyrics from 36 Jay-Z jams. In a press release from Roc Nation, Jay says: “When I first started working on this book, I told my editor that I wanted it to do three important things. The first was to make the case that hip-hop lyrics — not just my lyrics, but those of every great MC — are poetry if you look at them closely enough. The second was I wanted the book to tell a little bit of the story of my generation, to show the context for the choices we made at a violent and chaotic crossroads in recent history. And the third piece was that I wanted the book to show how hip-hop created a way to take a very specific and powerful experience and turn it into a story that everyone in the world could feel and relate to.” This is now not sounding tossed off at all! Vulture approves.