His life story? Not quite. The hip-hop impresario’s Decoded is all about rap.

WHAT WAS YOUR GOAL WITH THIS BOOK?

To make the case that rap is poetry, and these were the stories behind it. To put it into context.

DID YOU LOOK AT ANY OF YOUR OLDER LYRICS AND CRINGE?

“Big Pimpin” is a very enjoyable song, but as a read, it’s like, “Ugh!”

WHY NO Beyoncé Knowles?

It’s the story of a generation. It’s a bigger story than any revealing of gossip.

IS YOUR MOM PROUD YOU’RE AN AUTHOR?

It’s unreal. She tells me how proud almost every conversation! I’m like, “Ma, how’re you?”

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