A Couple Excerpts From Jay-Z’s Book

The NY Post has a couple of excerpts from Jay’s book DECODED.

* His First Arrest
Jay-Z’s first arrest came at age 16. He was dealing in Trenton, because his friend “Hill” had a supplier there. Hill had enrolled in the local high school, and one day when Jay-Z went to meet him, he got caught with crack in his pockets on the campus. Since he had no prior arrests, the police let him go, but they confiscated his supply. In order to make up the cash to the supplier, Jay-Z had to go back to Marcy and deal crack 60 hours straight — three days in a row, he writes. He kept awake by “eating cookies and writing rhymes on the back of brown paper bags.”

had A1 credit, got more crack
from the first to the fifth, gave it all back
if, I’m not a hustler what you call that?
This is before rap, this is all fact

After the jump, the “99 Problems” incident and Jay vs. Lance Un Rivera.

* Getting Away With It
Soon Jay-Z was onto bigger deals. He and his crew traveled up and down the East Coast, sourcing and unloading drugs. Jay-Z recounts the time, in 1994, when he was driving down I-95. He had a stash of crack in a fake compartment in the sunroof of his Maxima when he got pulled over by cops for “no good reason.” The police knew they couldn’t search his car without probable cause, so they called the K-9 unit — the dogs would be able to sniff out the drugs. But the unit didn’t show up, and the cops had to let him go. A minute later, he saw the K-9 unit speeding down the highway in the other direction, but too late — he was already home free. It’s a moment he would later recount in his 2004 hit song, “99 Problems” with the lyric: “I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one.” At the time, Jay-Z was slammed for the misogynistic use of the word “bitch” — but, as he reveals in his book, he was actually referring to a female dog, or the dogs that never caught up to him that day. “It would have changed my life if that dog had been a few seconds faster,” he writes.

* The Lance Rivera incident
Jay-Z glosses over his 1999 stabbing of record producer Lance Rivera, which resulted in the rapper pleading guilty to assault and receiving three years probation. He says he was infuriated because someone had leaked a bootleg copy of “Vol. 3 . . . Life and Times of S. Carter” more than a month before the release date of the album. When he asked who was behind the leak, everyone kept repeating the same name: Rivera. When Jay-Z saw him at rapper Q-Tip’s album release party at the Kit Kat Klub, he confronted him. Rivera “got real loud with me right there in the middle of the club,” Jay-Z writes, “It was strange. We separated and I went over to the bar . . . I was . . . in a state of shock . . . I headed back over to him, but this time I was blacking out with anger.”

After this, chaos ensued in the club, “That night the guy went straight to the police and I was charged with assault.” He says he decided to plead guilty after watching Puff Daddy’s trial on weapons violations that same year. Puffy was acquitted, and Jay-Z says he feared the state would be harder on him after failing to convict his friend.

“The hilarious thing,” he writes, “if any of this can be considered funny, is that the Rocawear bubble coat I was wearing when they paraded me in front of the cameras started flying off the shelves the last three weeks before Christmas.”

Read a few more excerpts here.


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90 Responses to “A Couple Excerpts From Jay-Z’s Book”

  1. d_Block_4_Life Says:

    there is a resturant here in ATL called Flip that serves Krispy Kreme Milkshakes…
    ^
    Wotttttttt

  2. d_Block_4_Life Says:

    welcome to new york
    ^
    What a fucking song

    Come Home With Me >>>>>>>>>>

    top ten fav LP of the decade.

  3. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    How about the first member of State Property, Murder Mil?
    I’ve been on a Philly bent lately.

    I’m looking for that unreleased Dutch & Spade LP too.

  4. JihaD Says:

    007 Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 7:24 pm
    What’s good Jihad? Thoughts on this Jay book?

    ^^

    Still on the fence about it. I’ll probably cop it when I see it in the store, but I doubt it will be as interesting as the Wu- Tang Manuel, Ego Trips Book of Rap Lists (GOAT hip-hop history book), or the Southside Book about Preme, Fat Cat, and 50. That shit was dope.

    Judging by these excerpts, though, CamelGOAT isn’t revealing anything that would make it more interesting than the WU-Tang Manual. This is a “safe” book, such as it were, so as not to reveal anything that would make you look twice at Camel (read: his Kizza overseers, who ultimately sign his checks).

    JihaD

  5. d_Block_4_Life Says:

    Just Blaze was in the ZONE on CHWM.

  6. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    What car do yall think is better Mercedes cls or bmw 750

  7. JihaD Says:

    AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 7:31 pm
    How about the first member of State Property, Murder Mil?
    I’ve been on a Philly bent lately.

    I’m looking for that unreleased Dutch & Spade LP too.

    ^^

    Murder Mil-silverbackmuzik.blogspot.com/2010/10/murda-mil-street-scriptures.html

    Dumb nigga got locked up for a burner and some green, SP blew up, and they basically said fuck him, he a loose cannon, and we already got enough of them niggas in the group. Then Peedi came home, and they added him.

    Dutch and Spade LP? You talking bout the Untertainment Debut? Sheeeiit. Good luck with that one. That shit is “Let The Lox Go” Status– check my tumblr for a link to all the Figgas mixtapes, though.

    Best of Spade Disc 1 and 2>>>>>>>>

    JihaD

  8. Vincent Van Dro Says:

    Yo these excerpts are some of the dumbest things I’ve ever read in my life.

    A dog was running down the highway Jay, really?

    You had a 60 hour stash in your pocket? How many customers you seeing in 60 hours there Jay?

    And we all know why he really stabbed up Lance.

  9. 007 Says:

    Dats what I’m sayin hw da corp side of da game seem very cutthroat
    All bout connections

  10. d_Block_4_Life Says:

    The Hunger For More 2 [Album Preview]
    mediafire.com/?2ba1owmtzaq92x3

  11. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    # Vincent Van Dro Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Yo these excerpts are some of the dumbest things I’ve ever read in my life.

    A dog was running down the highway Jay, really?

    You had a 60 hour stash in your pocket? How many customers you seeing in 60 hours there Jay?

    And we all know why he really stabbed up Lance.
    ^^^

    He said the stash was in a secret compartment and we all know jayz is telling lies, cause we all can name one job that he had before he was a m.c, he just hung around dope dealers but nvr did shit. They just liked to give a lazy nigga who not contributing to the team money and whips. Yup i knew a lot of d dealers like this

  12. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    and the dogs wasnt speeding down the highway, he saw the k9 car speeding down the highway

  13. JihaD Says:

    d_Block_4_Life Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 7:28 pm
    there is a resturant here in ATL called Flip that serves Krispy Kreme Milkshakes…
    ^
    Wotttttttt

    ^^

    Fo real, for a recovering Fat Nigga like me, I can’t even step in the place. They sell the Luther Burger there (Double Bacon Cheeseburger with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts instead of a bun) and their Milkshake bar is legendary.

    JihaD

  14. 007 Says:

    @Jiadx2 agreed

    Dat nigga tryna get nto politics he ain givin up no real game. Dat book for kizzas who don’t understand lyrics all the way n for Jay stans period. Prolly a good table top addition tho. Ill pass

  15. JihaD Says:

    that album was a frivolous, overpriced piece of shit

    ^^

    Forever was a terrible album that had some dope ass verses on it.

    Reverse (minus Diddy) is >>>>>>>>>

    JihaD

  16. d_Block_4_Life Says:

    (Double Bacon Cheeseburger with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts instead of a bun)
    ^
    lmao gtfoh… that doesn’t even sound good

  17. Vincent Van Dro Says:

    His First Arrest

    ^^^

    he wasn’t “arrested”

    he got caught with crack in his pockets

    ^^^

    ok, and?

    In order to make up the cash to the supplier, Jay-Z had to go back to Marcy and deal crack 60 hours straight — three days in a row

    ^^^

    so you had three days PROFIT (not gross, stay close) worth of product in your pocket? Because that’s what this is saying. It ain’t adding up.

  18. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    WTF U NVR HEARD OF A STASH BOX???

  19. Harlem World Says:

    @ Jihad

    Forever? Do I need to remind you of the shit sandwhich that was P.E 2000 song and video?

  20. d_Block_4_Life Says:

    13. Sooner or Later (Die 1 Day) – (featuring Raekwon)
    ^
    This sounds dope from the snippet

  21. d_Block_4_Life Says:

    1

  22. Vincent Van Dro Says:

    “he saw the K-9 unit speeding down the highway”

    then …

    “if that dog had been a few seconds faster”

    dogs drive now? And if this suppos-ed K9 unit was driving down the highway, and was being waited on by other cops, don’t you think those other cops would’ve been on THEIR RADIOS? saying they’re close? Or something? Really they ain’t got no walkies?

  23. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    @ VINCENT, ESKAY QUOTED THE STORY WRONG, HERE IT IS MY MAN

    His First Arrest

    Jay-Z’s first arrest came at age 16. He was dealing in Trenton, because his friend “Hill” had a supplier there. Hill had enrolled in the local high school, and one day when Jay-Z went to meet him, he got caught with crack in his pockets on the campus. Since he had no prior arrests, the police let him go, but they confiscated his supply. In order to make up the cash to the supplier, Jay-Z had to go back to Marcy and deal crack 60 hours straight — three days in a row, he writes. He kept awake by “eating cookies and writing rhymes on the back of brown paper bags.”
    WireImage
    Jay-Z and Beyoncé

    * Getting Away With It

    Soon Jay-Z was onto bigger deals. He and his crew traveled up and down the East Coast, sourcing and unloading drugs. Jay-Z recounts the time, in 1994, when he was driving down I-95. He had a stash of crack in a fake compartment in the sunroof of his Maxima when he got pulled over by cops for “no good reason.” The police knew they couldn’t search his car without probable cause, so they called the K-9 unit — the dogs would be able to sniff out the drugs. But the unit didn’t show up, and the cops had to let him go. A minute later, he saw the K-9 unit speeding down the highway in the other direction, but too late — he was already home free. It’s a moment he would later recount in his 2004 hit song, “99 Problems” with the lyric: “I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one.” At the time, Jay-Z was slammed for the misogynistic use of the word “bitch” — but, as he reveals in his book, he was actually referring to a female dog, or the dogs that never caught up to him that day. “It would have changed my life if that dog had been a few seconds faster,” he writes

    Read more:nypost.com/p/entertainment/music/jay_how_went_from_rags_to_riches_9gj3fHlhdOvuL46pd8H3XM/1#ixzz14MQXsCX4

  24. Vincent Van Dro Says:

    Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 7:47 pm
    WTF U NVR HEARD OF A STASH BOX???

    ^^^

    this is a direct quote:
    “he got caught with crack IN HIS POCKETS”

    your logic is dumber than a Palin

  25. Hopp Says:

    dogs drive now?

    ^ I’m gone, yo.

    Tell me where you stand regarding the track later, if possible, JihaD.

    Peace.

  26. JihaD Says:

    Harlem World Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 7:48 pm
    @ Jihad

    Forever? Do I need to remind you of the shit sandwhich that was P.E 2000 song and video?

    ^^

    Oh nah, that album was absolutely terrible, but the Jawns that was on the Clue? Tape The Rulers Back (Do You Like It Ft. CamelGoat, the Jawn with Lil Kim and Mark Curry, and Reverse w Shyne, G-Dep, Cee-Lo, Sauce Money ,and Busta) were dope– I couldn’t front on those jawns.

    Sean rapping bout Gangsta shit, though? FOH…

    JihaD

  27. Vincent Van Dro Says:

    Ice your c&p has the exact quotes I’m referring to.

  28. rex hussla Says:

    I hope cats are being sarcastic, because if their reading comprehension is this bad I actually feel terrible for them.

  29. Vincent Van Dro Says:

    P.E 2000 song

    ^^^

    I like that beat pausito

  30. 007 Says:

    Wouldn’t surprise of Jay wasn’t gettin as much money in the streets as he portays

  31. JihaD Says:

    007 Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 7:42 pm
    @Jiadx2 agreed

    Dat nigga tryna get nto politics he ain givin up no real game. Dat book for kizzas who don’t understand lyrics all the way n for Jay stans period. Prolly a good table top addition tho. Ill pass

    ^^

    Thats what I’m saying… All that jawn sounds like is revisonist history book, not an actual critique on his own writing and his thinking process. I mean, that whole K-9 story? That was the inspiration for a song you wrote almost 20 years later? Shit ain’t adding up… The story or the link to 99 Problems.

    JihaD

  32. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    # 007 Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Wouldn’t surprise of Jay wasn’t gettin as much money in the streets as he portays
    ^^^

    Nope they paid for videos in there first video in st. thomas on boats, with ious

  33. Vincent Van Dro Says:

    Jay on Ether:

    “Nas had always wanted to get on a song with me. After years of being turned down he decided to just dedicate a song to me instead. It was a special moment in our friendship.”

    from:

    thisisbullshitrevisionisthistoryfordumbpeople.com

  34. JihaD Says:

    Vincent Van Dro Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 7:54 pm
    P.E 2000 song

    ^^^

    I like that beat pausito

    ^^

    I hope so, because its a direct loop of Public Enemy- Public Enemy #1

    youtube.com/watch?v=VN4zb4LBNqk

    JihaD

  35. Vincent Van Dro Says:

    All that jawn sounds like is revisonist history book

    ^^^

    thank you

    *daps Gee Hod*

  36. b-ease Says:

    and the Figgas RAN the rap shit in Philly at the time.

    ^^
    I visited my cousin in Philly the summer they were popping. Every car was blasting that tape. Gillie fathered alot of niggas styles, quiet as kept.

  37. fuck boy music Says:

    Jay-Z never sold crack. fucking liar.

  38. bctw Says:

    he never sold crack and he damn sure didn’t stab Un. He already admitted that a long time ago.

  39. spirit equality Says:

    he stayed up for 60 hours by eating cookies and writing rhymes? does anybody believe that? most of jay’s drug dealer stories sound absurd to me, come to think of it….wait for the k-9 unit? you know how many cops do illegal searches? lmao @ wait for the k-9 unit.

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