I know that poetry is part of this kind of genre, as is swearing, boasting and so on. I grew up in the same country as these stories, but worlds away. Some rap and hip-songs appeal to me and some don't. It is an eloquent explanation of what rappers are doing when they front. It was interesting to read this book after Keith Richards's Life.
I'm always curious about the lives of musicians and have always had an appreciation for a select roster of hip hop artists, but I genuinely found this book compelling and hard to put down. How many are locked up right now? Jay-Z talks repeatedly in Decoded about wanting to connect with and succeeding in connecting with those who live and grow up in the projects. Here we have Shawn Carter as entertainer; as curator of his Jay-Z persona, life experience, and world view; and as paragon of excellence. Currently, the Senate is made up of 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and two independents who usually align with Democrats. But, he's black and that's all that matters for Jay. I respond more to how the words sound, what the beat and syncopation are like, and how the overall sound feels to me. Because America, as I understood the concept, hated my black ass.
I came into this as somebody who wasn't a Jay-Z fan. This is just one more instance of how everything had to boil down to race with some people. He tells of selling crack up and down the east coast, and realizing that his rap hustle was as strong, and as profitable, as his street hustle, he is able to take the lessons he learned and repurpose them to his benefit. . Here's what I propose - even if for a short amount of time.
This is Mozart talking about classical music, Jordan talking about basketball, Shakespeare talking about literature; you may or may not believe that Jay Z belongs in that company, but in hip hop, he stands on that mountain top. And I buy maybe one or two rap albums a year, listen to a half-dozen or so. Decoded is several books in one: a memoir, a history lesson, a social commentary, a book of poetry, and a set of Cliff Notes. The House acts as the accuser - voting on whether to bring specific charges - and the Senate then conducts a trial with House members acting as prosecutors and the individual senators serving as jurors. I know that I am a likely reader of this book.
Both men found inspiration and solace in American Black music, and are fans of music of all kinds. While it's certainly convenient exculpatory? Prince, George Clinton, Michael Jackson, Sun Ra, Sly Stone et al , I found his pragmatism and ice-cold level headedness both refreshing, and daunting. The series is hosted by author and non-fiction writer and follows a team of investigators who try to determine the meanings behind various symbolism, alleged secret codes and conspiracies that surround us every day. Way to justify killing people Jay. First I want to say that Jay-Z is one of my all-time favorite rappers. Page 154 leads us into Jay's thoughts on black people and the government. I suppose the government - or probably any white person in general is good enough for our friend Jay - plans these hoaxes out.
I have checked out The Black Album a few years ago and really enjoyed it. So while its commonly acknowledged that Nas won, in my heart Jayz is the undisputed champion. I was riding with Jay, through the whole book, and I think the videos in this enhanced edition are invaluable and definitely add to the work. Both times, the House approved formal charges, only to have the Senate fail to convict and remove. I used to hate The Black Album but now its in my top 5. People are still people, though, so we turned the projects into real communities, poor or not.
And there is a lot of in-depth references to a culture that I really don't understand. Perhaps that is how Jay-Z feels when people write him off as a drug-dealing, gun-loving, woman-hating gangster thug. I really loved - and would have liked it to be in more detail - how Jay-Z mentions so many past artists like Eric B. That isn't interested in changing or omitting certain facts because of race or anything else. Memoir — a stream-of-consciousness autobiography conjured more from the author's personal reflection than arising from contemporaneous notekeeping such as might be found in a journal or diary I've been to shantytowns in Angola that taught me that what we consider to be crushing poverty in the United States has nothing to do with what we have materially — even in the projects, we're rich compared to some people in other parts of the world.
More importantly, though, I lack any clear idea of who I should try to listen to. My surprise also points out one of the major points Jay-Z made in the book, why am I so surprised that a hip-hop ar What a powerful read. But he knows the power of the music, of the words, of the memories and the self-reliance and the heartache and the buying your nephew a car just to have him die in it. Democrats currently control the House. The woman commented the man asking him if they could post to each others page to get across to more people. It felt too honest to be artifice. That is what brought the level of respect down a few notches.