Yesterday, we brought you a brief but compelling excerpt from Decoded, the autobiography-slash-annotated-lyric-sheet of a book Jay-Z will be releasing through Spiegel & Grau on November 16th. Now comes word that one day prior, on Monday, November 15th, Shawn Carter will be at the New York Public Library, talking hustling, big business, and politics with Matrix actor and august Princeton professor Cornel West. Tickets go on sale today at noon, and will run you a steep $45-$58, though that price includes a copy of the book, which we can attest is handsome and glossy as all hell. The talk will also be simulcast live, because hey, it’s Jay-Z. Get prepared for dude’s dry wit by listening to him bury MC Hammer (who recently attempted to dis him, to hilarious effect) using only suave indifference.
Note that hip-hop’s savviest businessman knows how to plug his own newest product, even when he’s clowning another rapper. “He’s gonna be embarrassed,” says Jay about Hammer. “I said some really nice things about him in the book.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 5, 2010