Jay-Z is releasing his memoir “Decoded” this fall, but the superstar lyricist will have to keep things quiet during one of his upcoming public appearances. The Brooklyn MC is slated to speak at the New York Public Library on November 15.
Jigga will chat about “Decoded” as part of the “Live From the NYPL” fall series, which also features literary stars such as Toni Morrison and Zadie Smith. The library appears to be down with making some noise next season, as Jay-Z isn’t the only musical artist hitting the library: Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards will also dish about his upcoming tome, “Life,” on October 29.
“We’re very excited to reveal to the public a different side of their personality — the literary side!” a rep for the library told MTV News.
“Decoded,” which is scheduled to hit shelves the same month as his library appearance, is a memoir punched up by insightful explorations of Jay’s hard-hitting rhymes. The book was penned in collaboration with journalist Dream Hampton and delves into his steady rise from pushing product on the streets of Brooklyn to stacking hits as one of the most revered lyricists in the game.
The publication of “Decoded” will cap a long period in which the MC’s autobiography remained in literary limbo. Hov and Hampton had initially begun work on “The Black Book” in 2003, which was set to be released in 2004 via a deal with MTV Books/ Pocket Books. Hov pulled the plug on the project in 2005.
In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, Jigga admitted that “Decoded,” which is now being published by Speigel & Grau, has been completed for years. The MC revealed that his hesitance to release the project stemmed from the personal nature of the subject matter, much of which Hov was confronting for the first time.
“It’s too much. For the book, I was interviewed, people close to me were interviewed. So I was learning a lot of things I didn’t know as a child,” Jay-Z said. “It’s not anything I haven’t said in the past, in songs. It’s just more detailed. A song is three minutes long. A book doesn’t have to rhyme, and it has no time limit, so you can say exactly how everything went.”
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