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I ran into him again at a fund-raiser at L. Reid's house and he pulled my coat: "Man, I'm going to be calling you again. He did eventually call me and ask me to help. It was in the fall of the year and he told me he wanted to close it out like [Michael] Jordan. So I did a bunch of free shows all over the country before the election to encourage young people to register to vote.

On Kanye West 's saying " George Bush doesn't care about black people" at NBC's Hurricane Katrina telethon: Kanye caught a lot of heat for coming on that telethon and saying, "George Bush doesn't care about black people," but I backed him one hundred percent on it, if only because he was expressing a feeling that was bottled up in a lot of our hearts.

It didn't feel like Katrina was just a natural disaster that arbitrarily swept through a corner of the United States. Katrina felt like something that was happening to black people, specifically.

On the importance of President Obama: Since he's been elected there have been a lot of legitimate criticisms of Obama. But if he'd lost, it would've been an unbelievable tragedy -- to feel so close to transformation and then to get sucked back into the same old story and watch another generation grow up feeling like strangers in their own country, their culture maligned, their voices squashed. Instead, even with all the distance yet to go, for the first time I felt like we were at least moving in the right direction, away from the shadows.

On black men in America: The statistics on the incarceration of black men, particularly of men of my generation, are probably the most objective indication that young black men are seen in this country as a "problem" that can be made to literally disappear.

No one in the entire world -- not in Russia or China or Iran -- is locked up like black men are locked up in this country.

Cops, Cristal and Crack Cocaine On how police target rappers, and a cop who tailed him for seven years: The hip-hop cop stayed outside the clubs I was in. Every time I walked into a club he'd joke with me.

But I still have to ask myself why. Rappers, as a class, are not engaged in anything criminal.

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They're musicians. Some rappers and friends of rappers commit crimes. Some bus drivers commit crimes. Some accountants commit crimes. But there aren't task forces devoted to bus drivers or accountants.

Bus drivers don't have to work under the preemptive suspicion of law enforcement. The difference is obvious, of course: Rappers are young black men telling stories that the police, among others, don't want to hear.

The fact that law enforcement treats rap like organized crime tells you a lot about just how deeply rap offends some people -- they'd love for rap itself to be a crime, but until they get that law passed, they come after us however they can. On his denouncing Cristal , the champagne he once rapped about: A journalist at The Economist asked Frederic Rouzaud, the managing director of the company that makes Cristal: "Do you think your brand is hurt by its association with the 'bling lifestyle?

We can't forbid people from downloading it.

When people all over started drinking Cristal at clubs -- when Cristal became a household name among young consumers -- it wasn't because of anything Cristal had done. It was because of what we'd done. If Cristal had understood this dynamic, they never would've been so dismissive.

Jay-Z's 'Decoded': From Hip-Hop to Barack and Beyond

The truth is, we didn't need them to tolerate us with "curiosity and serenity. I can respect her position. To her, it's a matter of acknowledging the deep and painful history of the word. To me, it's just a word, a word whose power is owned by the user and his or her intention.

People give words power, so banning a word is futile, really. The key is to change the person.

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And we change people through conversation, not censorship. On crack cocaine's effect on Marcy, the Brooklyn projects where he was raised: No one hired a skywriter and announced crack's arrival.

But when it landed in your hood, it was a total takeover. Sudden and complete. Like losing your man to gunshots.

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Or your father walking out the door for good. It was an irreversible new reality. What had been was gone, and in its place was a new way of life that was suddenly everywhere and seemed like it had been there forever. On his comparing former president Ronald Reagan and Osama bin Laden in "Beware of the Boys" with the lines, "Before bin Laden got Manhattan to blow," "Before Ronald Reagan got Manhattan to blow:" Ronald Reagan got Manhattan to "blow" -- slang for cocaine -- through the whole Iran-Contra scandal, which got the United States involved in the drug trade that brought crack to the hood so they could finance the Contras in Central American.

In the worst years of the crack epidemic -- the late '80s and early '90s -- there were literally thousands of homicides annually in New York. So juxtaposing Reagan and bin Laden isn't as crazy as it may seem.

His gift was curating a whole lifestyle -- music, fashion, comedy, film -- and then selling it. He didn't just create the hip-hop business model, he changed the business style of a whole generation of Americans. On his work ethic: When you're on tours like the ones I've done over the last decade, you're like a professional athlete, except that night after night, you're the only one with the bat. When it comes to signing up new talent, that's what I'm looking for -- not just someone who has skill, but someone built for this life.

Someone who has the work ethic, the drive. The gift that [Michael] Jordan had wasn't just that he was willing to do the work, but he loved doing it, because he could feel himself getting stronger, ready for anything. He left the game and came back and worked just as hard as he did when he started.

I read this book because of Jay-Z's interview on Howard Stern. I was expecting more personal details autobiography.

Instead, this book had just a few personal anecdotes and was very repetitive in emphasizing that he's a hustler, that he was a crack dealer, that he's the best of the best when it comes to writing lyrics and so on. Even when he gives shout outs to his own idols and musical influences, it's pretty shallow.

I had no idea that he's so fanatically pro-African-American almost to the point of racism. We are all human, but the tone is very divisive. I had no idea that he had such a huge ego and was so shallow.

This book alienated me. With Decoded he heightened my respect and admiration for him. He lays out stories from way back and not too far back to almost give the reader a lesson before going into breaking down verses and their metaphors and more. Awesome read for any hip hop fan, artist, musician or poetry lover.

Like diesellibrarian Aug 03, I have a great deal of respect for Jay-Z and his music. I also like the concept of this book, in which he "decodes" his lyrics, unpacking otherwise obscure references and explaining his choice of certain terms.When it comes to signing up new talent, that's what I'm looking for -- not just someone who has skill, but someone built for this life.

The writer had asked me about the U2 record that was about to be released and I said something about the kind of pressure a group like that must be under just to meet their own standard. And eventually I started coming to the show and even performing. Martha Schabas. Luckiest Girl Alive. On his denouncing Cristal , the champagne he once rapped about: A journalist at The Economist asked Frederic Rouzaud, the managing director of the company that makes Cristal: "Do you think your brand is hurt by its association with the 'bling lifestyle?

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