10 Ways Jay-Z Influenced the World

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Decoded Brought Rap Lyricism to the Forefront

Jay-Z's 2011 book Decoded, which broke down the lyrics to many of his classics, put brand-new spotlight on the skill, poetry and meaning behind rapping. Although RapGenius was founded in 2009, it's more recent success was arguably fueled by Hov's pioneering book.

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