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Jay-Z decoded

books Updated: Nov 21, 2010 01:14 IST
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From selling crack cocaine as a teenage hustler to becoming one of America’s richest rappers, Jay-Z writes about his life, and explains hip-hop culture in his literary debut Decoded, which released in New York recently.

The New York City native writes in the sometimes coarse language of the Brooklyn streets where he grew up, explaining how hip-hop was his generation's way of telling the world what it was like to grow up in an urban "wartime”.

"I lost people I loved... felt the breeze of bullets flying by my head. I saw crack addiction destroy families — it almost destroyed mine — but I sold it, too," Jay-Z, writes in