Decoded: Jay-Z in Conversation with Cornel West



At the New York Public Library, JAY-Z shares his thoughts on growing up as a hustler and feeling judged simply because of where he was from. He will also address issues that informed him and his songwriting.

How did visual art and poetry influence his craft?

How did he get involved in politics when he never really trusted the system?

How did he stay honest to himself in the world of big business and how did he shed stereotypes when he’d been labeled one all his life?

Watch the full video at New York Public Library