“Multi-platinum.” “10-time Grammy Award-winning artist.” “World-famous performer.” “Songwriter.” “Entrepreneur.” “Philanthropist.” “One of the best known hip-hop artists of his time.” “Himself in the midst of extraordinary fame.”
According to the press release for his Nov. 18 conversation with Charlie Rose — to be filmed for Rose’s show before a live audience at the Brooklyn Museum — Jay-Z is all of these things. Sure, but obviously he is so much more, too.
The music and entertainment titan is sitting down with the PBS talk show host to discuss his new book, Decoded, which will be released two days prior to the event. The book, Jay-Z’s first, will discuss the man’s path to superlative glory after an adolescence of poverty and drug-dealing in Bed-Stuy’s Marcy Projects — just a quick ride on the B-43 away from the talk’s locale.
An excerpt from Decoded is included in the press release.
When I first started working on this book, I told my editor that I wanted 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 that 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.