Jay-Z Borrows Andy Warhol's Swag For "Decoded" Cover


The cover art to Jay-Z's upcoming Decoded book has been released online with an excerpt from the rap mogul.

The artwork draws inspiration from renowned artist Andy Warhol.

Jay-Z' first book will feature one of Andy Warhol's Rorschach paintings on its cover, it was announced today. Decoded is a collection of lyrics out in November on Random House's Spiegel & Grau imprint. Warhol's 1984 series of 38 Rorschach paintings was a later-in-life experiment that, to hear him describe it, doesn't sound too far off from this book. (Observer)

An excerpt from the book was also released.

"When I first started working on this book, I told my editor that I wanted it to do three important things. The first was to make the case that hip-hop lyrics-not just my lyrics, but those of every great MC-are poetry if you look at them closely enough. The second was I wanted the book to tell a little bit of the story of my generation, to show the context for the choices we made at a violent and chaotic crossroads in recent history. And the third piece was that I wanted the book to show how hip-hop created a way to take a very specific and powerful experience and turn it into a story that everyone in the world could feel and relate to." (Billboard)

On the day prior to Jay-Z's Decoded coming out, the rap mogul will give a talk at the New York Public Library in Manhattan.

Jay-Z will discuss his memoir "Decoded" on Nov. 15. The library has hosted musicians before, including members of the Velvet Underground and David Byrne of Talking Heads. (Associated Press)