Jay-Z can now add “author” to his résumé.
The rapper has signed a deal with MTV Books/ Pocket Books to publish his autobiography, which he’s going to call “The Black Book.”
Jay-Z’s co-writing the tome with hip-hop journalist Dream Hampton. In it, Jay will open up about much of his past, including the difficult choices he made and the complicated life he led growing up in one of New York’s toughest housing projects, the Marcy projects of Brooklyn, and how that prepared him for his rap career. The book is slated to hit shelves in early 2004.
Jigga’s other, similarly named project, his upcoming and supposedly last album, The Black Album, is due out on — when else — Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving (November 28) (see “Jay-Z Taking It ‘Way Back To The Roots’ On New Album” ).