Well, I'm not currently reading this book right this second but it is in my cart as we speak on Amazon dot com. That counts right? LOL! I purchased Decoded for the hubster and he packed it around like a manual...I plan to surprise him with this one also. I need to sit down and read it myself because I am a HUGE Jigga fan...Not falling for the mumbo-jumbo that's been circling the blogs about Mr. Carter...just don't believe the hype about him being in a cult. I'll believe it when I see it. Anywhooo, the reviews on this book are below:
"Fascinating, well-done biography of one of the most extraordinary entrepreneurs of our era."
"Zack O'Malley Greenburg has become one of the rare reporters to bring dignified coverage of the hip-hop business into the mainstream. Empire State of Mind is a pure product of Greenburg's care and insight, an exploration of hip-hop's most enigmatic mogul, Jay-Z."
-Dan Charnas, author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip- Hop
"Empire State Of Mind follows the money and key pieces of the Jay-Z puzzle in this insightful, savvy read. From Jay's humble Bed-Stuy Brooklyn roots as Shawn Carter into street crime and the drug game, to his rocket rise to the heights of hip-hop and the music business as one of entertainments most successful players...this book is like a GPS leading us through the modern urban reality of how Jay-Z's empire was built."
-Fred "Fab 5 Freddy" Brathwaite, hip-hop pioneer, artist, and longtime host of Yo! MTV Raps
"Lively and often surprising, Empire State Of Mind analyzes one of the greatest assets of the hip-hop generation: the business mind of Jay-Z. In capturing Jay-Z's refuse to lose mentality, Zack O'Malley Greenburg tells an important, instructive American story of our time."
-Jeff Chang, author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation