News: Jay-Z Borrows Andy Warhol's Swag For "Decoded" Cover

Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 5:04PM

Written by Biz Jones

The cover art to Jay-Z's upcoming Decoded book has been released online with an excerpt from the rap mogul.

The artwork draws inspiration from renowned artist Andy Warhol.

Jay-Z' first book will feature one of Andy Warhol's Rorschach paintings on its cover, it was announced today. Decoded is a collection of lyrics out in November on Random House's Spiegel & Grau imprint. Warhol's 1984 series of 38 Rorschach paintings was a later-in-life experiment that, to hear him describe it, doesn't sound too far off from this book. (Observer)

An excerpt from the book was also released.

"When I first started working on this book, I told my editor that I wanted it to do three important things. The first was to make the case that hip-hop lyrics-not just my lyrics, but those of every great MC-are poetry if you look 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." (Billboard)

On the day prior to Jay-Z's Decoded coming out, the rap mogul will give a talk at the New York Public Library in Manhattan.

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)

Details on the book were released last 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)

Jay-Z's Decoded is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, November 16th.

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