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Decoded (2010)

With Jay-Z's powerful and literary lyrics sprinkled throughout to provide both context and insight into one of the world's most famous and successful rapper's life, Decoded tells Jigga's story through the 10 codes that define him. Penned with his good friend veteran journalist dream hampton, the book is beautifully written and gives a unique look into the very private emcee's life — from his humble beginnings in Bed Stuy to not only one of hip hop's greatest but also to a well respected and highly successful businessman.

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