•Now available at a special promotional price •Build your own 10-song version for only $4.99 •Unlock the full 36-song version with a $9.99 in-app purchase
DECODED is an app like no other: a collection of Jay-Z’s 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.
Enhanced with over 30 minutes of never-before-seen video and interactive lyrics for 36 of Jay-Z’s songs, the DECODED app is the ultimate way to get into the mind of Jay-Z. You’ll also be able to vote on the next Jay-Z song to be ‘decoded’ in the app.
THE FANS HAVE SPOKEN! JAY DECODES A NEW SONG PICKED BY YOU! 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.”
STANDARD VERSION – SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL PRICE: $4.99 Build your own version of DECODED – pick your ten favorite Jay-Z songs to be Decoded, including all-time favorites such as “Big Pimpin’,” “99 Problems,” and more. For each song you decode, you will unlock: •A full set of interactive lyrics complete with Jay-Z’s own notes and annotations. Click and scroll to find out the meaning behind the lyrics and the stories that inspired the music. •An excerpt of Jay’s personal story from the pages of DECODED. Learn about his days growing up in Brooklyn, his rise to rap stardom, and his meticulous approach to his craft. •Never-before-seen video interviews where Jay-Z discusses the back-story and inspiration for his music (for select songs only). •Bonus video: “Rap is Poetry” •Get the latest news and updates direct from Jay-Z. ** You can also listen to Jay-Z’s songs as you scroll and click through the lyrics (requires songs to be in your iTunes library). Preview any songs you don’t own and then click to buy.
UNLOCK THE FULL VERSION – SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL PRICE: $9.99 IN-APP PURCHASE Get the full text of Jay-Z’s DECODED including: •All 36 sets of interactive and annotated song lyrics •All of Jay-Z’s personal story •All 17 never-before-seen video interviews plus two bonus videos: “Rap is Poetry” and “The Evolution of My Style”
Look for DECODED, the book, wherever books and eBooks are sold.
“Compelling . . . provocative, evocative . . . Part autobiography, part lavishly illustrated commentary on the author’s own work, 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.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“One of a handful of books that just about any hip hop fan should own.”—The New Yorker
“Elegantly designed, incisively written . . . an impressive leap by a man who has never been known for small steps.”—Los Angeles Times
“A riveting exploration of Jay-Z’s journey . . . So thoroughly engrossing, it reads like a good piece of cultural journalism.”—The Boston Globe
“Shawn Carter’s most honest airing of the experiences he drew on to create the mythic figure of Jay-Z . . . The scenes he recounts along the way are fascinating.”—Entertainment Weekly
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A special video demo of Jay-Z's new Decoded app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.