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Decoded by Jay-Z

By Jay-Z

Decoded is a e-book like no different: a suite of lyrics and their meanings that jointly inform the tale of a tradition, an artwork shape, a second in historical past, and essentially the most provocative and winning artists of our time.

“Hip-hop’s renaissance guy drops a vintage. . . . Heartfelt, passionate and slick.”— Kirkus, starred review

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Jay-Z. Decoded / Jay-Z. p. cm. eISBN: 978-0-679-60521-8 1. Jay-Z. 2. Rap musicians—United States—Biography. I. Title. 1 To Gloria Carter and Adnis Reeves Without your love and love for music none of this would be possible How to use the DECODED enhanced eBook Navigation Whenever you want to find a specific section in this eBook, go to the Table of Contents. You can then scroll through the list and click on the chapter link of your choice. Notes on Lyrics Each of the lyric sections in this eBook includes links that you can click on to read notes about the songs written by Jay-Z.

Look at our parents, they even fukn scared of us. With that line, Big captured the whole transformation in a few words. Authority was turned upside down. Guys my age, fed up with watching their moms struggle on a single income, were paying utility bills with money from hustling. So how could those same mothers sit them down about a truant report? Outside, in Marcy’s courtyards and across the country, teenagers wore automatic weapons like they were sneakers. Broad-daylight shoot-outs had our grandmothers afraid to leave the house, and had neighbors who’d known us since we were toddlers forming Neighborhood Watches against us.

Everywhere we went there were twelve-pound boom boxes being pulled on skateboards or cars parked on the curb blasting those records. DJ Red Alert debuted his show on Kiss FM and Afrika Islam had a show, “Zulu Beats,” on WHBI. The World’s Famous Supreme Team did a show you had to catch early in the morning. Kids would make cassettes and bring them to school to play one another the freshest new song from the night before. I’m not gonna say that I thought I could get rich from rap, but I could clearly see that it was gonna get bigger before it went away.

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