Decoded by Jay-Z

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Expanded paperback edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time.
Both updated versions feature the full text of the book with illustrations and photographs (including the 16 pages of new material with 3 new songs decoded).

    Enhanced edition includes:

  • Over 30 minutes of never-before-seen video* interviews with Jay-Z where he discusses the back-story and inspiration for his songs.
  • Two bonus videos*: “Rap is Poetry” and “The Evolution of My Style”
Decoded by Jay-Z app for iPad and iPhone
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FREE to anyone who has already purchased the app or upgrades to the full version after downloading the latest update.

Version 1.2 of Decoded includes:

  • Brand new! Jay’s notes and annotations for the fan-selected song “Lost One.”
  • Revised music section so you can preview, play, or buy previously unreleased songs including “My President is Black” and “Young, Gifted, and Black.”

App features:

  • Available for both iPhone and iPad
  • Build your own version: pick your ten favorite Jay-Z songs to be Decoded
  • Upgrade to the full version to get the complete text of the book with illustrations and photographs
  • Listen to the songs while using the interactive lyrics with Jay’s own annotations
  • Over 30 minutes of never-before-seen video* interviews with Jay-Z where he discusses the back-story and inspiration for his songs.
  • Two bonus videos*: “Rap is Poetry” and “The Evolution of My Style”

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Song List

Decoded includes lyrics for 36 songs, each annotated with notes written by Jay-Z.
  • Public Service Announcement (The Black Album)
  • American Dreamin’ (American Gangster)
  • Early This Morning (unreleased)
  • Coming of Age (Reasonable Doubt)
  • Coming of Age (Da Sequel) (Vol. 2 . . . Hard Knock Life)
  • D’Evils (Reasonable Doubt)
  • 99 Problems (The Black Album)
  • Ignorant Shit (American Gangster)
  • Most Kings (unreleased)
  • Success (American Gangster)
  • Renegade (The Blueprint)
  • Can I Live? (Reasonable Doubt)
  • Fallin’ (American Gangster)
  • Big Pimpin’ (Vol. 3 . . . Life and Times of S. Carter)
  • Streets Is Watching (In My Lifetime, Vol. 1)
  • Operation Corporate Takeover (Mix Tape Freestyle)
  • Moment of Clarity (The Black Album)
  • Breathe Easy (Lyrical Exercise) (The Blueprint)
  • My 1st Song (The Black Album)
  • Young Gifted and Black (S. Carter Collection)
  • Hell Yeah (Pimp the System) (Revolutionary But Gangsta)
  • Beware (Jay-Z Remix) (Beware)
  • Blue Magic (American Gangster)
  • This Life Forever (Black Gangster)
  • Meet the Parents (The Blueprint2: The Lift & the Curse)
  • Where I’m From (In My Lifetime, Vol. 1)
  • Minority Report (Kingdom Come)
  • Dynasty (Intro) (The Dynasty: Roc La Familia)
  • My President Is Black (unreleased)
  • Regrets (Reasonable Doubt)
  • This Can’t Be Life (The Dynasty: Roc La Familia)
  • Soon You’ll Understand (The Dynasty: Roc La Familia)
  • Beach Chair (Kingdom Come)
  • Lucifer (The Black Album)
  • December 4th (The Black Album)
  • History (unreleased)

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App FAQ

Q: How much does the Decoded app cost?
A: The standard version costs $4.99. You can then upgrade to the full version for $9.99.

Q: What are the features for the standard version of the Decoded app?
A: With the standard version ($4.99), you get to build your own version of Decoded by selecting your ten favorite Jay-Z songs to be "decoded." For each song you decode, you will unlock:
  • the full set of lyrics, along with Jay-Z’s notes and annotations
  • A little bit of Jay’s personal story from the pages of Decoded
  • Select songs will also include never-before-seen video interviews with Jay where he discusses the back-story and inspiration for his music.

You can listen to any Jay-Z songs you already have in your iTunes library from within the app. You can also preview or buy any songs you do not own via iTunes.

Q: What are the features for the full version of the Decoded app?
A: With the full version (which you can unlock for $9.99 once you download the app), you get the full text of Jay-Z’s Decoded, plus:
  • all 36 sets of annotated song lyrics
  • all of Jay-Z’s personal story
  • all 19 video interviews

Q: What if I have technical issues with the Decoded app?
A: You can find answers to questions or post about any issues you're having with the app on the Random House Digital Support page.

Q: Is there a way to read the eBook version without an e-reading device?
A: You can still download a free application for your PC, Mac, or mobile phone that allows you to purchase and read eBooks, including: