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Jay-Z's "Decoded" Breaks Into Best Seller's List

 

Jay-Z's new book Decoded is now on the the New York Times bestseller's list. Hope he gives a lil toast to Oprah for this one.  Find out what spot the book holds when you read on....

Jay-Z is known for topping Billboard charts but now the rapper's literary work is on the New York Times bestseller's list. His first book Decoded currently holds the third spot on the list. The top two spots are held by former president George Bush and his autobiography and Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken

Decoded gives fans insight into Jay-z's lyrics and his life. The book was included on Oprah's 'Favorite Things' show last week and is in the top ten sellers on Amazon.com.  The New York Times says, "Decoded gives the reader a harrowing portrait of the rough worlds Jay-Z navigated in his youth, while at the same time deconstructing his lyrics."

Congrats to Hov. Looks like his Midas touch is in full effect....

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I purchased the book online

I purchased the book online but it hasn't arrived it, it should be a good read. Smart business man Jay-z.
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You have to admit jay-z is a

You have to admit jay-z is a smart business man... I Bet he'll do numbers.. #1 seller i cant say!
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Jay-Z is cool. I like most of

Jay-Z is cool. I like most of his music but there's no way I'm calling him Hova.
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lincc407's picture

All of these geniuses on YBF,

All of these geniuses on YBF, debating the subconsious difference of Rorschach VS Inkblot VS a Warhol painting! LMBAO! Who woulda thunk it.... People will take ANY chance to try and show their superior intelligence... to the wrong damn people.
Anonymous's picture

Jay's book might be on the

Jay's book might be on the best-seller's list but 1) who bought all of those books, and 2) who's reading it? Jay-Zs target audience sure in the hell ain't reading it. Hell, can he even read it? Oprah put it on her "favorite things" list, (which I found ODD), but how many of those white, suburban, stay-at-home mom's give a damn about decoding hip hop or his life? I'm convinced that Oprah and Beyonce bought 90% of the books for give away.
Get it Together Black People's picture

Wow. I bought it and have

Wow. I bought it and have read it. Actually pretty incredible book. Jay-z breaks down not only his life and lyrics in songs but intelligently explores the relationship between poetry and rap explaining where they have simlarities and where they differ. Love the subtle racisim weaving throughout your post though. Yes, Jay-z can read, rhyme, and, clearly, write much better than you can otherwise you'd be as successful as he has become rather than just some troll on the internet.
Spadetiger's picture

Your racist observations and

Your racist observations and ignorant insight would be laughable if wasn't so tragic...make sure to put plenty of cream and sugar in your coffee Hitler that might wake you up to the 21st century
Anonymous's picture

Your racist observations and

Your racist observations and ignorant insight would be laughable if wasn't so tragic...make sure to put plenty of cream and sugar in your coffee Hitler that might wake you up to the 21st century
Anonymous's picture

interesting screen name for

interesting screen name for someone who seems bent on separating us from each other with perceptions of 90% sales stated as facts rather than wild speculation and unsubstantiated beliefs
Anonymous's picture

Cosign!

Cosign!
Anonymous's picture

GTFOH. I read it and other

GTFOH. I read it and other hip-hop heads read it. You sound like a miserable person projecting their lack of ability unto others. Those that know the least say the most.
Anonymous's picture

"JAY HOVA" is overrated, he

"JAY HOVA" is overrated, he sold his soul for money and fame. DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE! Think for yourself! How does he enrich our community?!?! What does he and Beyonce promote? How have they made our world a better place? What have they done for you, personally? Stop worshipping these celebrities, they don't give an eff about you!
Anonymous's picture

well you must not be a New

well you must not be a New Yorker so Jay Z's help to those who were hurt by 9/11's attack by supporting the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children Benefit Fund (some of whom are black) means nothing to you...or you must not be someone who connects to the African diaspora so that Jay Z's support to build water pumps to ease the water crisis in Africa means nothing to you...or you must connect to the suffering from Katrina and Jay Z's million dollar support there...or it must not matter Jay-Z's monetary support for the election of our first black president...there are tons more evidence of his support but you must not have access to the Internet to be able to look these things up on your own before you write...hmmm...
Anonymous's picture

To you (and the commenter

To you (and the commenter below you)..."Jay Hova" has done a lot more harm than good. Whatever he gives pales in comparison to what he takes. He, like other celebrities, donate for PR purposes, not out of the goodness of their hearts. It obviously works, because you're on here listing all the "good" he's done. Listen, "Jay Hova" is part of an evil agenda, whether you believe it or not. He's promoted drugs, sexual promiscuity, misogyny, greed, Satan....He proudly wore a sweatshirt with the motto - "Do what thou wilt", from the most famous occultist, Aleister Crowley, A K A the "Wickedest man on earth". His "rock" sign, that many of his fans hold up, is really the freemason pyramid (research). He CLEARLY says "Jesus can't save you, life starts when church ends" in his song "New York". His videos, clothing line and songs are laced with occultic symbolism. All this information is out there for YOU to see. But maybe you know this already and don't care. Anyway, I said all that to say this...I don't trust Jay-Z, I believe he is an evil person and he, along Beyonce and many other "industry" people, are Satan's puppets. So whatever he "gives" is worthless.
Anonymous's picture

and if you really believe all

and if you really believe all that then you would not be compulsively drawn to posts about him... unless: he really is the devil and while you were once an angel of his in the past and compelled to do his bidding, you somehow have wrest yourself free of his evil attractions and are trying to warn all those on ybf as well as the unsuspecting world of his real intentions...sorry if I am skeptical but it sounds more like a bad Hollywood plot than a "truth" to be concerned about when they are real devils (i.e, the Republican party) who are really trying to do us harm...
Anonymous's picture

Funny you didn't really

Funny you didn't really address anything I said about his lyrics, clothing, etc. In a nutshell, there's a bigger agenda. If you're interested, research New World Order, Bohemian Grove, Bilderberg Conference, Baphomet, Free Mason, Occult and Music, Industry Exposed.com...there's so much going on behind the scenes. Republican vs. Democrat, Black vs. White, Obama vs Bush, these are distractions. Watch "The Obama Deception" on You Tube. It talks about Obama, as well as past presidents, including Bush, being puppets in this New World Order Agenda. No, I'm not a former angel, but I do read the Bible and I know it says in the last days there will be a one world government. Most people are so distracted with "other stuff", they don't see what's going on right in front of our faces. Anyway...the information is out there, I hope you and others research what we're talking about. I too was a skeptic a few years ago, until I researched this stuff for myself. It totally changed the way I looked at the world. Jay-Z is just the tip of the iceberg.
Anonymous's picture

Go on the internet and do

Go on the internet and do some research to see how many millions Jay has donated.. Get your facts straight before you speak or write! and in read that in CANADA its SOLD OUT AT EVERY BOOK STORE! AWESOME FOR JAY! CONGRATS JIGGA.. AKA HOVA ..AKA SHAWN CARTER.. AKA ..THE KING OF NYC!
funkybELLA's picture

I mean Jay...you can piss in

I mean Jay...you can piss in a cup and turn it into a best seller! Now can we start the adopt a project initiative? At the end of the school year the building with the most A's can get a trip to somewhere for the children? Please? Spark it bro.
lockstress's picture

The New York Times

The New York Times Bestseller's list is not based on how many books are sold, it is based on the amount of books shipped. I should know because I worked in a bookstore for a couple of years.
Anonymous's picture

Personally, when I first saw

Personally, when I first saw the cover I thought it was a brilliant choice as a play on the titleof the book 'DECODED.' Also, doestn't this speak right to the heart of a basic elementary lesson we've all been taught? Don't judge a book by it's cover. I'm sure Jay-Z knew there would be those who got caught up on the cover and failed to actually get past it and actually read it. READ the book, flesh out it's content. --- Just my 2 cent.
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It IS a Rorschach painting,

It IS a Rorschach painting, as interpreted by Andy Warhol as part of "The Last Decade" exhibit. The piece is called "Rorschach." Rorschach is what is commonly referred to or known as inkblot tests. It is a psychological test in which subjects' perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed using psychological interpretation, complex scientifically derived algorithms, or both. Some psychologists use this test to examine a person's personality characteristics and emotional functioning. It is also used to detect an underlying thought disorder, especially in cases where patients are reluctant to describe their thinking processes openly. The test is named after its creator, Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach. Worhol painted a series of Rorschach's, 38 infact. The Rorschach paintings feature totemic forms of intricate design that evoke deep mysteries lurking beneath the surface. The suggestive quality of these paintings mimics the tests after which they are named, in which patients are given a set of standard inkblots and are evaluated based on their responses to them. So essentially you're all right, it's a Warhol yes AND a Rorschach. AND true to form it's purpose is made clear because those who look at the cover see the devil or baphomet others might see a fairy to others the image is upside down. This is the point of the inkblot it's more about uncovering what lie beneath the surface or within YOU. Subconscious projection onto the outerworld what you carry (and may not even be aware of) internally.
Madam Butterfly's picture

why are printing facts that

why are printing facts that interfere with people's convictions??? what's the use??? if people want to remain in the darkness of their own ignorance shouldn't you just let them find comfort in their beliefs??? why give them access to that which can only make them feel confused??? they clearly have a vested interest in transfiguring reality to suit their perceptions??? just let them...
Anonymous's picture

That's Also Very True...

That's Also Very True...
JUZSAYN's picture

THANK YOU!!! Exactly what I

THANK YOU!!! Exactly what I was saying, (Last Paragraph) but because I wrote Ink Blot and not RORSCHACH, I was wrong.. LOL.. smh.
JUZSAYN's picture

thanks for that information.

thanks for that information.
Tatum Moss's picture

Why do we keep giving our

Why do we keep giving our money to peeps who don't give a flip about us? He won't get mine. And that cover is no accident either. Jay-Z does not appear to the type to do things just because.....I'm sure it has some kind of meaning.
Arbor Mist Is the Bomb!'s picture

Since you do not buy anything

Since you do not buy anything from people who don't care about you. You must be some homeless and naked bitch. #imjustsaying
Anonymous's picture

HA!!!

HA!!!
Okkk's picture

JAY Z BOOK DECODED IS FULL OF

JAY Z BOOK DECODED IS FULL OF CRAP! THE ONLY REASON HE DID A SO CALLED "TELL ALL" IS BECAUSE BEANIE EXPOSED HIM BY LETTING THE WORLD KNOW JAY TALKS BS WITHIN HIS MUSIC & IF YOU KNOW HIM THEN YOU KNOW WHO HE IS TALKING ABOUT! THEREFORE HIS BOOK IS NO SURPRISE OR BIG EXPLANATION! HIS BOOK IS ONLY NEWS FOR THOSE THAT DONT KNOW HIS MUSIC ALREADY, BYE BOY! EVERYBODY KNEW ABOUT THE SHOOTING, NAS BABY MA, HIS PROBLEM WITH THE ROCK, LETTING FELLOW ARTIST GO, WHAT HE THOUGHT OF DAME, NEED I GO ON! ITS ALL IN HIS MUSIC THE ONLY PERSON WHO IS IN "ALL" IS THOSE THAT CALL HIM MR. B!
Mi Mi's picture

this is intense silliness...I

this is intense silliness...I am 3/4 of the way through the book and apart from one positive comment about Nas, there is none of the stuff you are talking about in it...this is not a "tell all" book at all...it is about his take on the meaningfulness of hip hop's contribution to America and the world...apparently something you know little about...but your comments sound like someone is already full of all you need to know about the world and has no need to hear something/anything that may contradict your preconceived notions of intense silliness
Anonymous's picture

How Ignorant are some

How Ignorant are some people?? An INKBLOT TEST is based on what the person viewing the inkblot perceives it to be. So for all of those saying "It looks demonic" or "It Looks Like The Devil", You're only speaking volumes about your own views and personalities... What HE put on the cover has nothing to do with what YOU think it is... That's the purpose. And how many of us graduated from high school again?
JUZSAYN's picture

Um, no boo-boo, I have an

Um, no boo-boo, I have an advanced degree (since that seems to be how you deem someone's comments to be of value--wrong, wrong, wrong btw)and that IS NOT AND INKBLOT. That's a painting meant to resemble and inkblot. Don't try to criticize people based on their education. This man is smart, he knew that selecting that cover would cause this very discussion. IDK that it looks like the devil (the way some people do) but just do a little fact checking darlin'
YOU'RE DEAD WRONG BOO's picture

READ MY REPLY, DARLIN'...

READ MY REPLY, DARLIN'... Obviously someone as educated as yourself didn't understand what i wrote as well. And No need to talk about degrees because I have a few letters after my name, Ma'am... Facts are correct. You take care.
JUZSAYN's picture

You didn't get that I was

You didn't get that I was being sarcastic about the education thing. It doesn't matter how many letters you or I have behind our names--that's not how you place value on a person. I wasn't going in on you about that. As a matter of fact, I wasn't going in on you at all--I was just taking issue with the term you used and correcting it. You take care too.
YOU'RE DEAD WRONG BOO's picture

Either way, the image on the

Either way, the image on the front of this book is actually not an inkblot; it's a painting which resembles an inkblot. The cover is for artistic purposes and I'm sorry, but it's real interesting that the painting has an obvious baphomet in it. Interpret that however you wish lol.
notjustcoincidences's picture

Maybe You Don't Get What I

Maybe You Don't Get What I was Saying. Plz read my post again.. One of the last sentences says "That's The Purpose." Q; Painting or not, What is it? A; An Ink Blot. An "Obvious Baphomet" is sure to draw questions and attention, because people (like the many on this post) tend to Assume that anything associated with Jay-Z is the Devil. Again... That's The Purpose. Painting Or Not, it's an ink blot... Do you think Psychologists burst open a pen over paper every time a patient comes in the office? No.. They are CREATED by Psychologists and shown to patients to get their perception... (Whether Good? Or Evil?) Again, That's The Purpose of it being on the cover.. For OUR Perception. Now Back to the situation at hand.... Lol.. (I think im confusing u.) Everybody's jumping to the conclusion that it's the devil and its satanic... but THAT'S THE PURPOSE... He's basically saying, If THAT'S what you see, then what does that say about YOU?
JUZSAYN's picture

That joint does look like the

That joint does look like the devil.
Anonymous's picture

DO SOME OF YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT

DO SOME OF YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT A RORSCHACH TEST OR INK BLOT TEST IS?
MUNCHOSGIRL's picture

Does Jay-Z? hell, he's the

Does Jay-Z? hell, he's the one put it on the cover of his book!
Anonymous's picture

Do hip hop fans even know how

Do hip hop fans even know how to read? LOL! Seriously, I hope folks won't just read his book but learn the lessons he has learned.
Annie Anonymous's picture

the book is actually very

the book is actually very cool! congrats to Jay! www.citizette.com
Lizzy's picture

Anything this man touches

Anything this man touches turns gold!! Kudos to this old nigga!! 10 Reasons You Will Never Be Successful (Don't Miss Out on Success) http://creambmp.com/10Reasons 10 Reasons You Will Never Be Successful (Don't Miss Out on Success) http://creambmp.com/10Reasons 10 Reasons You Will Never Be Successful (Don't Miss Out on Success) http://creambmp.com/10Reasons
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Anything this man touches

Anything this man touches turns gold!! Kudos to this old nigga!! 10 Reasons You Will Never Be Successful (Don't Miss Out on Success) http://creambmp.com/10Reasons 10 Reasons You Will Never Be Successful (Don't Miss Out on Success) http://creambmp.com/10Reasons 10 Reasons You Will Never Be Successful (Don't Miss Out on Success) http://creambmp.com/10Reasons
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I love Jay-z I wish it was

I love Jay-z I wish it was number 1 then I could get excited. Lauren Conrad has like 3 best sellers so does Hilary Duff it seems it is almost easy to get on the list.
Anonymous's picture

I loves me some

I loves me some Jay!!!!!!!!!!!
Yardy's picture

that's not a baphomet head,

that's not a baphomet head, Jay was holding the book upside down. it's really a fairy goddess :) *denial is not a river in Egypt*
Anonymous's picture

Hahaha yes denial is

Hahaha yes denial is something, because if you look closely you will see that the book is not upside down.
Anonymous's picture

I wonder why are all these

I wonder why are all these Illuminati experts JUST NOW calling him out on things they see suspect AFTER the youtube videos were made...brainwashed puppets
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