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Is Decoded Appropriate for Young Teens?


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Initial post: Dec 17, 2010 11:12:37 PM PST
My 14 year-old daughter is a fan of Jay-Z's work over the past few years, at least the songs that are played on the radio. I heard an interview with him about the book and it sounded interesting. Not being familiar with his earlier sings, I'm wondering if they would be inappropriate violence and sex-wise. Would you rate it PG-13, R or X?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2010 11:04:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 21, 2010 11:05:56 AM PST
F. Chowdhury says:
I have just finished reading this book on my Kindle and I would have to say that it was an excellent read. In my opinion, as a high school teacher, this book would be PG-13 to maybe a R rating due to language. This book has no sex or violence in it and the improper language comes mostly from Jay-Z's lyrics that are listed in the book. If you let your daughter listen to his music then the book should not be a problem. He actually spends a lot of time comparing rap lyrics to poetry and to be honest he makes me have a much deeper apprecieation for Hip Hop as an artform.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 4:38:06 PM PST
there are drug refferences and some graphic lyrics,but its not as bad as most

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2011 1:24:32 PM PDT
Real217 says:
Comparing rap lyrics to poetry?
Rap is poetry where they hell have you been?
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Decoded by Jay-Z (Hardcover - November 16, 2010)
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