The Jigga penned a memoir. Co-written with journalist dream hampton (Source, Village Voice, SPIN), Decoded unpacks Shaun Carter's journey from Brooklyn to Manhattan -- the rote tale of pauper to prince, sardines to steak -- and explicates his most famous lyrics, explaining the density and personal inspirations sitting just sub-dermal throughout the rapper's best work.
For those who are scratching their heads, Cornel West is a famous man. You really should know his name. He was in The Matrix. He's been at the forefront of modern philosophy and American race politics for almost forty years. He's attended and accredited from every Ivy League school (not really, but practically). He's an outspoken critic of Jay-Z's downtime. A "bluesman of the life of the mind." Here he is speaking to Craig Ferguson last week, wherein he discusses nothing saleable (including his imminent powwow) but gives you a healthy peek into his large, joyous brain: