The cover of Decoded, Jay-Z’s 336-page illustrated book that breaks down the lyrics from many of his songs, borrows an image from Andy Warhol’s 1984 “Rorschach” paintings. What do you see in the ink blot? We see a book that’s going to make a lot of money.
In a press release, Jay says he wants to do three things with this book:
“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.”
Here’s a bigger pic of the cover:
Abstract. Striking. We’d put it on our coffee table!
Decoded is released November 16.