SOHH Whatcha Think: Which Jay-Z Lyrics Do You Want To See 'Decoded' Next? [Click Here & Speak]

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 4:20PM

Written by J. Bachelor

When Jigga released his autobiographical masterpiece, Decoded, copies of the hardback sold like Blue Magic. This go 'round, however, the new edition will not only feature a new soft-cover look, but will also include a few new tracks dissected by the self-proclaimed "God MC".

Just one year after Jay-Z's Decoded hit bookshelves, the New York Times bestselling book will be re-released on November 1. Featured in a new expanded paper back, the re-release will contain a new chapter, seven additional illustrations, three decoded songs: "I Know", "Young Gz", "Lost One" and a new afterword. (Rap Radar)

Cool stuff. I, like many fans of Jay, enjoyed reading about his upbringing, adventures in hustling, and ultimately, venture into rap music. One of the best parts of the book where the moments where he took time to not only offer the lyrics to some of his best-known songs, but offered an in-depth look into his state of mind when penning the words.

With that said, there were a few songs that I really wished had been mentioned. Here a three classic Hov records that, one day, I hope to hear the story behind:


From The Black Album, this song is mad deep. It took a while for me to vibe with it, but once I actually got into the lyrics, the story of Hov's attraction to the seedy underworld and all its seduction was very compelling. Hov talks about his hustling days in Decoded but I'd like to hear more about the difficulty he endured turning his back to the streets and any possible repercussions he may have faced.

Never Change

Exactly how does one lose 99 bricks? That's alotta f*ckin' weight. Either way, on this cut from 2001's The Blueprint Hovie claims he lost it all, and crawled right back. Futhermore, he claims everything in that song is all fact. Cool story, bro.

"It's Like That" (featuring Kid Capri)

Cats may not remember this joint, but it's from Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life. One of Hov's more relaxed tracks where he's just spittin' about life as Jigga. He talks about coming of age and realizing he left one hustle for another. It'd be cool to hear him speak on that transition more.

Jay has hundreds of songs with several slick lines and stories, so these are just a few tracks from his impressive catalogue I'd like to hear more on. SOHH Whatcha Think -- What songs would you like to hear decoded?

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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