It’s Shhhboy

I picked up Decoded a month back and slowly made my way through it as a toilet read.  Toilet read not in reference to the content, but in reference to the location of where I read it.  The book is set up to read in segments, so no better place than a toilet read.  And honestly, reading in segments is the pace that I desired since it wasn’t a page turner and probably wasn’t designed to be.

Anyways, I’ll let the man summarize and provide his intentions for this book and I will give a quick follow up:

When I first started working on this book, I told my editor that I wanted it to do three important things.  The first thing was to make the case that hip-hop lyrics -not just my lyrics, but those of every great MC- are poetry if you at them closely enough.  The second was I wanted the book to tell a little bit of the story of my generation, to show the context for the choices we made at a violent and chaotic crossroads in recent history.  And the third piece was that I wanted the book to show how hip-hop created a way to take a very specific and powerful experience and turn it into a story that everyone in the world could feel and relate to.  Jaz-Z

Follow up:  Successful on all numbers.  I am not a huge rap/hip-hop fan even though my attire might suggest otherwise, but I have always liked and respected Jay-Z.  I assumed risk when picking up the book, given my lack of appreciation for the music, but was satisfied on many levels for what he put together.  It was an eye opener to various degrees and gave further insight into race relations and to many blank men’s narrative. What I didn’t appreciate before, was the story telling that the music provided (by quality rappers.  You can find shit at any level.)  Obviously rapping about whores, drugs, cops, and all that shit gets tiring and repetitive, and can feel negative or dirty once it seeps in like porn, but it’s adherence to that glorified sounding content is the storytelling of the survival and unhealthiness surrounding poverty which these men experienced. Not just bitches, guns, we bad, fuck you, yeah, yeah, yeah without context.

I know shitting is an appreciated and coveted quiet time, however if interested in adding a little titrated education to the process, then it may be worth it to you.

Ya boy


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