Join CPL and the Richard M. Daley Branch as we read and discuss Decoded by Jay Z and enjoy renditions of his greatest hits from violinist Edith Yokley of the Chicago Sinfonietta's Resident Orchestra Project. We commemorate the 18th anniversary of Jay Z's the Black Album, and the 10 year anniversary of Decoded by Jay Z; a compelling work, that makes the case that Hip Hop lyrics are poetry.
"Decoded is the autobiography and memoir of rapper Jay-Z, published by Random House and released November 16, 2010 on hardcover and November 1, 2011 on paperback. The book combines lyrics, their explanations, anecdotes, reflections, and autobiographical information. Jay-Z explains the three reasons why he wanted to write the book being a case for hip-hop lyrics as poetry, to tell a generational story turned into powerful experiences and revolved as a story everyone can relate to."
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