News: Jay-Z Unscrambles "Codes" In New York City, Explains "Decoded" This Fall
Thursday, Aug 26, 2010 5:35PM
Rap mogul Jay-Z has been confirmed to appear in New York City this fall to discuss the release of his upcoming book, Decoded.
According to reports, Jay will give a talk at the New York Public Library in mid-November.
The Rolling Stones guitarist will speak Oct. 29 at the Celeste Bartos auditorium at the library's main branch on 5th Avenue as part of the promotion for his memoir "Life." Jay-Z will discuss his memoir "Decoded" on Nov. 15. The library has hosted musicians before, including members of the Velvet Underground and David Byrne of Talking Heads. (Associated Press)
The speech will be given a day after Jay's book release.
The Brooklyn native will be releasing a 336-page book which combines lyrics, interviews with loved ones, and memoir. Although it has been in the works for some time, the tome will not come out until November 16, the day after Jay gives his talk. (XXL Mag)
Jay received help on the book by author Dream Hampton who recently talked about her experience via Twitter.
"Collaborated w/Jay-Z on his autobio The Black Book. He read it, wanted to faint, shelved it. See his latest Rolling Stone cover.," she tweeted Wednesday (August 25).
"Collaborated with Jay-Z on Decoded, in stores this November. Not an autobio, book abt his process, his lyrics, stories behind them." (Dream Hampton's Twitter)
Details on the book were released earlier this month.
When Rolling Stone spoke to Jay-Z for our June 2010 cover story, he talked about why he was reluctant to release the autobiographical work, even though it was completed several years ago. "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 told RS. "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." Jay-Z also admitted he was most affected by parts of Decoded that concerned his father, who abandoned the family when Jay-Z was 11. "It was still wrong, at the end of the day, but he did stick around at a time where it wasn't particularly cool or popular," Jay-Z said. "He married my mom at a time when guys were just leaving, and you'd never even meet your dad. So it made me ease up a little bit in how I felt about him." (Rolling Stone)
Check out Jay-Z briefly speak on his Decoded book down below: