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Jay-Z memoir coming in November


Rapper and business mogul Jay-Z is about to become an author. Publisher Spiegel & Grau will release "Decoded," a 336-page memoir, on Nov. 16.

Unlike traditional memoirs, Rolling Stone reports, Jay-Z's book will also include interviews with family and friends. The book was co-written by Dream Hampton, a former editor at the Source.

According to the report, much of the material for the book was compiled three years ago, but Jay-Z was reluctant to see its release. What's changed? Maybe Jay-Z figures that if Justin Bieber has a memoir, so can he.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Jay-Z performing in Sweden in July. Credit: Ennio Leanza / Associated Press

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I'd buy it. He's the quintesential hussler, doing what needs to be done to achieve success, what ever that maybe. And his music has progressed with each album, the same way it has with all great artists historically.

From Biggies footsteps to the top of the world...a living legend, one that will be missed whenever he hangs it up. Let's hope they're more memoirs to come after this.

Jay-Z is trash and contributes nothing to the advancement of America. I would rather read about the inventive people with real ideas who have contributed something of substance to this country

dream hampton is the jay z (or nas, for some) of hip hop writing, and i'll kindle it for her involvement alone.


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