Jay-Z is finally gearing up to release his biographical book Decoded. He teamed up with former The Source editor Dream Hampton to write the memoir, which combines an autobiographical first-person style with interviews from close friends and family. The book will also include his explanation to lyrics of selected tracks.
Jigga is now scheduled to discuss the memoir at the New York Public Library in November. While the book was completed several years ago, it is only now that he is ready to share it with audiences, despite his reservations.
“It’s too much,” he told Rolling Stone. “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. 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.”
The NYPL discussion will take place on Nov. 15, and the book is set to release the next day.