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Jay-Z: Decoded

Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 3 December 2010

JAY-Z IS A GREAT American artist — and he'd be the first to tell you so. Decoded is an elegantly designed, incisively written bid for cultural legitimacy by a man whose XXL ego is underscored by an equally outsized inferiority complex (as big egos so often are).

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