News: Jay-Z & Trick Daddy Test Out Their Pen Game In November

Thursday, Sep 2, 2010 11:05PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap mogul Jay-Z will face-off against Southern rapper Trick Daddy this November when their debut book releases hit stores on the same day.

According to reports, Trick's Magic City: Trials of a Native Son will hit shelves on November 16th.

Magic City: Trials of a Native Son, chronicles Trick Daddy's story against the backdrop of?Miami, the Magic City. It is an extraordinary story, of a childhood marked by poverty, a crime-laden adolescence, an incarceration, a meteoric rise to fame, and a struggle with a potentially fatal medical condition. It's the story of a boy whose father was a pimp; who, left to his own devices, learned to hustle to survive and whose only role model was his brother, the drug dealer he watched plying his trade on the block. But while his story is remarkable, the most astonishing part is that he is not only still alive, but that he got out. (Rap Radar)

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)

Aside from his book, Trick Daddy's last album dropped in fall 2009.

Southern rapper Trick Daddy's Finally Famous: Born A Thug Still A Thug opened up at No. 34 this week. After seven days in stores, the rapper's new album has sold 13,300 pieces. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Check out Jay-Z briefly speaking on on his Decoded book below:

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