Public Enemy – Don’t Believe The Hype

Back Caught you lookin’ for the same thing It’s a new thing check out this I bring Uh Oh the roll below the level ‘Cause I’m livin’ low next to the bass C’mon Turn up the radio They claim that I’m a criminal By now I wonder how Some people never know The enemy could be their friend guardian I’m not a hooligan I rock the party and Clear all the madness, I’m not a racist Preach to teach to all ‘Cause some they never had this Number one, not born to run About the gun… (…) The minute they see me, fear me I’m the epitome – a public enemy Used, abused without clues I refused to blow a fuse They even had it on the news Don’t believe the hype… (…) I’m negative But they’re not positive But what I got to give… The media says this…

Decoded par Jay-Z

Jay-Z on Decoded When you’re famous and say you’re writing a book, people assume that it’s an autobiography–I was born here, raised there, suffered this, loved that, lost it all, got it back, the end. But that’s not what this is. I’ve never been a linear thinker, which is something you can see in my rhymes. They follow the jumpy logic of poetry and emotion, not the straight line of careful prose. My book is like that, too. Decoded is first and foremost, a book of rhymes, which is ironic because I don’t actually write my rhymes–they come to me in my head and I record them. The book is packed with the stories from my life that are the foundation of my lyrics–stories about coming up in the streets of Brooklyn in the 80’s and 90’s, stories about becoming an artist and entrepreneur and discovering worlds that I never dreamed existed when I was a kid. But it always comes back to the rhymes. There’s poetry in hip-hop lyrics–not just mine, but in the work of all the great hip-hop artists, from KRS-One and Rakim to Biggie and Pac to a hundred emcees on a hundred corners all over the world that you’ve never heard of. The magic of rap is in the way it can take the most specific experience, from individual lives in unlikely places, and turn them into art that can be embraced by the whole world. Decoded is a book about one of those specific lives–mine–and will show you how the things I’ve experienced and observed have made their way into the art I’ve created. It’s also about how my work is sometimes not about my life at all, but about pushing the boundaries of what I can express through the poetry of rap–trying to use words to find fresh angles into emotions that we all share, which is the hidden mission in even the hardest hip-hop. Decoded is a book about some of my favorite songs–songs that I unpack and explain and surround with narratives about what inspired them–but behind the rhymes is the truest story of my life.