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This is a first-person chronicle of the life and work of Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter in Brooklyn's notorious Marcy Projects. Told through lyrics, images and personal narrative, 'Decoded' shares the story of Jay-Z's life through the 10 codes that define him, giving insight into his background, influences and the artistic process that shapes his work. Each chapter features a personal narrative section followed by a visually selection of his provocative lyrics underlining the chapter's themes, along with Jay-Z's own 'decoding' of each lyric, uncovering the wordplay and stories behind the song.