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.