Decoded is the sort-of-autobiography and memoir of rapper Jay Z, which was released on November 16, 2010. The book, published by Random House, contains analysis of 36 of the rapper’s songs, some of which only present partial lyrics. Jay Z said the reason he wanted to compose this book was to make a case for hip-hop lyrics as poetry. He believes hip-hop tells the story of his generation and is also relatable to a mass audience. The autographical portion of the book encapsulates his story growing up in the Marcy Houses in Brooklyn, drug dealing, fights and how he began rapping. The rapper also explains how these experiences shaped him into becoming the rapper he is today. Jay Z also touches on the stresses that come with being in the rap industry. A significant amount of the book is dedicated to his political opinions and reflections of his own life, thus really connecting the reader with who Hov is a person.