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Author : Jay-Z
Publisher : Random House Group
Page : 337 pages
File Size : 49,6 Mb
Release : 2010-12-07
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780679605218

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Decoded (Enhanced Edition) by Jay-Z Pdf

This enhanced eBook includes: • Over 30 minutes of never-before-seen video* interviews with Jay-Z discussing the back-story and inspiration for his songs • Two bonus videos*: “Rap is Poetry” and “The Evolution of My Style” • The full text of the book with illustrations and photographs *Video may not play on all readers. Check your user manual for details. Expanded 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.


Author : Michael Eric Dyson
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Page : 240 pages
File Size : 40,6 Mb
Release : 2019-11-26
Category : Music
ISBN : 9781250270887

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JAY-Z by Michael Eric Dyson Pdf

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, AND PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY BESTSELLER "Dyson writes with the affection of a fan but the rigor of an academic. ... Using extensive passages from Jay-Z’s lyrics, 'Made in America' examines the rapper’s role as a poet, an aesthete, an advocate for racial justice and a business, man, but devotes much of its energy to Hova the Hustler." —Allison Stewart, The Washington Post "Dyson's incisive analysis of JAY-Z's brilliance not only offers a brief history of hip-hop's critical place in American culture, but also hints at how we can best move forward." —Questlove JAY-Z: Made in America is the fruit of Michael Eric Dyson’s decade of teaching the work of one of the greatest poets this nation has produced, as gifted a wordsmith as Walt Whitman, Robert Frost and Rita Dove. But as a rapper, he’s sometimes not given the credit he deserves for just how great an artist he’s been for so long. This book wrestles with the biggest themes of JAY-Z's career, including hustling, and it recognizes the way that he’s always weaved politics into his music, making important statements about race, criminal justice, black wealth and social injustice. As he enters his fifties, and to mark his thirty years as a recording artist, this is the perfect time to take a look at JAY-Z’s career and his role in making this nation what it is today. In many ways, this is JAY-Z’s America as much as it’s Pelosi’s America, or Trump’s America, or Martin Luther King’s America. JAY-Z has given this country a language to think with and words to live by. Featuring a Foreword by Pharrell

Empire State of Mind

Author : Zack O'Malley Greenburg
Publisher : Penguin
Page : 272 pages
File Size : 48,6 Mb
Release : 2015-09-22
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780698410206

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Empire State of Mind by Zack O'Malley Greenburg Pdf

"I'm not a businessman-I'm a business, man." --Jay-Z Some people think Jay-Z is just another rapper. Others see him as just another celebrity/mega-star. The reality is, no matter what you think Jay-Z is, he first and foremost a business. And as much as Martha Stewart or Oprah, he has turned himself into a lifestyle. You can wake up to the local radio station playing Jay-Z's latest hit, spritz yourself with his 9IX cologne, slip on a pair of his Rocawear jeans, lace up your Reebok S. Carter sneakers, catch a Nets basketball game in the afternoon, and grab dinner at The Spotted Pig before heading to an evening performance of the Jay-Z-backed Broadway musical Fela! and a nightcap at his 40/40 Club. He'll profit at every turn of your day. But despite Jay-Z's success, there are still many Americans whose impressions of him are foggy, outdated, or downright incorrect. Surprisingly to many, he honed his business philosophy not at a fancy B school, but on the streets of Brooklyn, New York and beyond as a drug dealer in the 1980s. Empire State of Mind tells the story behind Jay-Z's rise to the top as told by the people who lived it with him- from classmates at Brooklyn's George Westinghouse High School; to the childhood friend who got him into the drug trade; to the DJ who convinced him to stop dealing and focus on music. This book explains just how Jay-Z propelled himself from the bleak streets of Brooklyn to the heights of the business world. Zack O'Malley Greenburg draws on his one-on-one interviews with hip-hop luminaries such as DJ Clark Kent, Questlove of The Roots, Damon Dash, Fred "Fab 5 Freddy" Brathwaite, MC Serch; NBA stars Jamal Crawford and Sebastian Telfair; and recording industry executives including Craig Kallman, CEO of Atlantic Records. He also includes new information on Jay-Z's various business dealings, such as: *The feature movie about Jay-Z and his first basketball team that was filmed by Fab 5 Freddy in 2003 but never released. *The Jay-Z branded Jeep that was scrapped just before going into production. *The real story behind his association with Armand de Brignac champagne. *The financial ramifications of his marriage to Beyonce. Jay-Z's tale is compelling not just because of his celebrity, but because it embodies the rags-to-riches American dream and is a model for any entrepreneur looking to build a commercial empire.

The Celestine Prophecy

Author : James Redfield
Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
Page : 278 pages
File Size : 43,8 Mb
Release : 2008-08-01
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780446545556

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The #1 bestselling phenomenon with millions of copies sold around the world -- now with a guide to creating your own Celestine Prophecy experience. You have never read a book like this before--a book that comes along once in a lifetime to change lives forever. In the rain forests of Peru, an ancient manuscript has been discovered. Within its pages are 9 key insights into life itself -- insights each human being is predicted to grasp sequentially; one insight, then another, as we move toward a completely spiritual culture on Earth. Drawing on ancient wisdom, it tells you how to make connections among the events happening in your life right now and lets you see what is going to happen to you in the years to come. The story it tells is a gripping one of adventure and discovery, but it is also a guidebook that has the power to crystallize your perceptions of why you are where you are in life and to direct your steps with a new energy and optimism as you head into tomorrow. Praise for The Celestine Prophecy "A gripping adventure story filled with intrigue, suspense, and spiritual revelations." - Commonwealth Journal "A spiritual classic...a book to read and reread, to cherish, and to give to friends." - Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Fire in the Soul "In his inimitable style of great storytelling, Redfield opens us up to a world of insight, inspiration, synchronicity, and power." - Deepak Chopra


Author : Stephen G. Gordon
Publisher : Twenty-First Century Books
Page : 116 pages
File Size : 43,9 Mb
Release : 2013-01-01
Category : Young Adult Nonfiction
ISBN : 9781467710619

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Jay-Z by Stephen G. Gordon Pdf

As USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, "anyone who has followed Jay-Z's career knows [that] the superstar born Shawn Corey Carter has long defied anyone who tried to pigeonhole him." He left behind the dangerous life of a drug dealer and became one of the biggest names in music. He then achieved success as a businessman, an activist, and an author, while staying true to the spirit of hip-hop. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jay-Z grew up in a household full of music lovers. After hearing people rap for the first time, he also discovered the creative fire within himself. He began to make up rhymes nonstop—and made his way from financial hardship to the throne of a music empire.


Author : Julius Bailey
Publisher : McFarland
Page : 225 pages
File Size : 55,7 Mb
Release : 2014-01-10
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780786485734

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Jay-Z by Julius Bailey Pdf

Jay-Z is one of America's leading rappers and entrepreneurs, as well known for his music as for his business acumen. This text seeks to situate Jay-Z within his musical, intellectual and cultural context for educational study. Thirteen essays address such topics as Jay-Z's relevance to African-American oral history, socially responsible hip hop and upward mobility in the African-American community. By observing Jay-Z through the lens of cultural studies, this study assists the teacher, student, scholar, and fan in understanding how he became such an historically significant figure. Each essay includes a set of review questions meant to spark discussion in the classroom. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.


Author : Jessica Gunderson
Publisher : Capstone
Page : 33 pages
File Size : 42,8 Mb
Release : 2012
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 9781429660174

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Jay-Z by Jessica Gunderson Pdf

"In graphic novel format, describes the life of Jay-Z focusing on his music career and business success"--Provided by publisher.

A B to Jay-Z

Author : Jessica Chiha,Danny Chiha
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 128 pages
File Size : 44,7 Mb
Release : 2017-04
Category : Alphabet books
ISBN : 0648073904

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From Jim Crow to Jay-Z

Author : Miles White
Publisher : University of Illinois Press
Page : 178 pages
File Size : 51,6 Mb
Release : 2011-11-14
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780252036620

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From Jim Crow to Jay-Z by Miles White Pdf

This multilayered study of the representation of black masculinity in musical and cultural performance takes aim at the reduction of African American male culture to stereotypes of deviance, misogyny, and excess. Broadening the significance of hip-hop culture by linking it to other expressive forms within popular culture, Miles White examines how these representations have both encouraged the demonization of young black males in the United States and abroad and contributed to the construction of their identities. From Jim Crow to Jay-Z traces black male representations to chattel slavery and American minstrelsy as early examples of fetishization and commodification of black male subjectivity. Continuing with diverse discussions including black action films, heavyweight prizefighting, Elvis Presley's performance of blackness, and white rappers such as Vanilla Ice and Eminem, White establishes a sophisticated framework for interpreting and critiquing black masculinity in hip-hop music and culture. Arguing that black music has undeniably shaped American popular culture and that hip-hop tropes have exerted a defining influence on young male aspirations and behavior, White draws a critical link between the body, musical sound, and the construction of identity.

Jay-Z: The King of America

Author : Mark Beaumont
Publisher : Omnibus Press
Page : 399 pages
File Size : 41,6 Mb
Release : 2017-10-02
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780857127921

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Jay-Z: The King of America by Mark Beaumont Pdf

Jay-Z: King of America is the first in-depth biography to dissect the life and music of the most successful rapper of all time. From crack dealing on the mean streets of New York to million dollar deals at the highest echelons of music industry, Jay-Z’s story is a whole new kind of American Dream. Updated to include recent turbulence with Kanye West, rumours of an affair with Rhianna, his latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail and troubles with his streaming service Tidal, this is the most complete biography of Jay-Z available. Author Mark Beaumont has interviewed Jay-Z, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Damon Dash, Dr Dre, Rick Rubin and more. Revealing insights from these encounters inform this no-holds-barred biography of a great American success story. Along his winding path Jay-Z shattered barriers in rap music and has done more than anyone to make the genre the global crossover success it is today. This book includes detailed accounts of all 12 of his albums, including the seminal classic Reasonable Doubt, the landmark Blueprint trilogy and his latest gem, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Mark Beaumont traces Jay Z’s ascent to hip-hop’s throne and his pivotal role in forging modern rap music. Taking in all of the drug busts, knife attacks, entrepreneurial brilliance, premature retirements and secret weddings, this is Jay-Z’s hard knock life fully exposed… “Definitely THE book to own this Christmas, and takes his rightful place at the top of our book chart.” - RWD magazine (Leading UK urban music mag)

It's No Secret

Author : Carmen Bryan
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 275 pages
File Size : 50,7 Mb
Release : 2007-11-06
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781416537205

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It's No Secret by Carmen Bryan Pdf

The former girlfriend of rap star Nas and mother of his daughter discusses their relationship, her part in his famous feud with rival rapper Jay-Z, and her struggle to maintain independence and find love as a single mother in the projects.

The Seat of the Soul

Author : Gary Zukav
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 384 pages
File Size : 49,9 Mb
Release : 2014
Category : New Age movement
ISBN : 9781476755403

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The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav Pdf

Explores a new phase of human evolution that reflects a growing understanding about authentic, spiritual power based on cooperative beliefs and a reverence for life.

Jay-Z and the Roc-A-Fella Dynasty

Author : Jake Brown
Publisher : Amber Books Publishing
Page : 274 pages
File Size : 48,8 Mb
Release : 2005
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0974977918

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Jay-Z and the Roc-A-Fella Dynasty by Jake Brown Pdf

Presents a biography of rap musician, Shawn Carter, also known as Jay-Z, and chronicles his life and works.


Author : Vanessa Oswald
Publisher : Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Page : 106 pages
File Size : 55,9 Mb
Release : 2018-07-15
Category : Young Adult Nonfiction
ISBN : 9781534563360

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JAY-Z by Vanessa Oswald Pdf

Shawn Corey Carter, known to most of the world as JAY-Z, has made a name for himself as one of the most successful artists in hip-hop. Not only has he achieved this success with rapping, but also as an entrepreneur. Having grown up in a housing project in Brooklyn, his story is a tale of struggles and successes. Engaging main text, full-color photographs, and a detailed timeline give readers an inside look into this rap star's exciting life. Annotated quotes from JAY-Z and others provide first-person perspectives on his rise to the top of the worlds of hip-hop and business.


Author : Dennis Abrams
Publisher : Infobase Learning
Page : 121 pages
File Size : 54,6 Mb
Release : 2012
Category : Rap musicians
ISBN : 9781438141084

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Jay-Z by Dennis Abrams Pdf

An introduction to the life and career of the rap artist and actor Jay-Z.