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Jay-Z Interview with Howard Stern [Audio]

November 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Jay-Z stopped by Howard Stern’s Sirius Satellite radio show earlier this morning to promote his new book, Decoded, as well as an in-depth discussion about (excerpts) in the book (via Source). During the hour long interview, Jay touches on his upbringing at Marcy Projects, Oprah, the first time meeting Rihanna, President Obama, his strained relationship with his late father (another excerpt below), his marriage to Beyonce, and his thoughts on Kanye’s VMA incident & Hurricane Katrina comments about Bush. Listen here.

Link here: Jay-Z ‘Decoded’ exclusive excerpt: Dad taught me how to be an artist and hip hop changed the ‘hood’ [via NY Daily News]

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Jay-Z’s Decoded Song List Revealed

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Roc4Life has just revealed the official song list for Jigga man’s 336 page Decoded book, hitting shelves on November 16th. Hit the jump to check out if your favorite Hovito cuts made the list…though I think it’s missing a few critical gems.

Related: Nicki Minaj Remembers Being ‘Obsessed’ With Jay-Z [via MTV]

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Jay-Z Discusses ‘Decoded’ with The Wall Street Journal

October 22, 2010 Leave a comment

The Wall Street Journal posted a few excerpts from an interview they had with Jay-Z in which he spoke on the not-so-coded lyrics to ‘Big Pimpin’ that were featured at the Decoded party in Miami and will appear in his memoir when it hits stores November 16th:

WSJ: You’re famous for not writing your lyrics down as you compose them. What changes about them when you see them on the page like this?

Jay-Z: Some [lyrics] become really profound when you see them in writing. Not “Big Pimpin.” That’s the exception. It was like, I can’t believe I said that. And kept saying it. What kind of animal would say this sort of thing? Reading it is really harsh. Peep the full interview here: Just Asking: Decoding Jay-Z

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Jay-Z Tops Forbes’ 2010 Hip Hop Cash King

August 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Save all your accolades, just the dough/ my game is wide, all lames aside.

1. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter – $63m
2. Sean “Diddy” Combs – $30M
3. Aliuane “Akon” Thiam – $21M [some of that Lady Gaga mulah]
4. Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter – $20M
5. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young – $17M
6. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges – $16M
7. Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus – $15M
8. Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley – $14M
9. Pharrell Williams – $13M
10 Kanye West – $12M
11. Aubrey “Drake” Graham – $10M
12. Clifford “T.I.” Harris – $9M (tie)
12. Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean – $9M (tie)
14. Marshall “Eminem” Mathers – $8M (tie)
14 Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson – $8M (tie)

Link: Forbes’ Hip-Hop’s Cash Kings 2010

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Jay-Z x Dream Hampton’s ‘Decoded’ To Be Released In November

August 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Jay-Z and former Source editor Dream Hampton’s long delayed memoir will finally hit stores on November 16th. Billed Decoded, the book mixes first-person memoir with detailed discussions of Jigga’s most famous and provocative lyrics. It also includes interviews with Jay-Z’s family and friends as well as the rapper, himself. Over its 336 pages, Decoded will trace Jay-Z’s life from his childhood in Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects to his years as a teen drug dealer to becoming a hip-hop superstar. (via RS)

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Jay-Z Covers Rolling Stone Magazine

June 9, 2010 Leave a comment

In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, contributing editor Mark Binelli goes one-on-one with the New York legend, watching Jay-Z try on a new suit in his sprawling Manhattan office and tagging along to the Four Seasons, where the rapper goofs by mispronouncing actor Kelsey Grammer’s name at a watch auction (after calling the Frasier star “Chelsea,” he asks Binelli how to spell “faux pas”). It seems the man who made his name rhyming about hustling and hos in Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects is actually more comfortable around an unlikely new crowd: indie rockers. “I love the energy coming out indie rock right now,” he says, name-checking Grizzly Bear. “It has this rebellion thing that hip-hop is missing now, the thing that made hip-hop hip-hop.”

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