Jay-Z Debuts On Best Seller List

Man, he told ya it would be a best seller. For the week of Dec. 5th, Jay-Z’s memoir Decoded debuts at number three on the New York Times Best Seller, hardcover non fiction list. He trails Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken and George Bush’s Decision Points.

On  a related front, dream hampton sounds off about her role with the project.

I’m am NOT mad Jay isn’t yappin about me in friggin interviews. Being famous is corny, I feel sorry for my famous friends. …and 90% of real media, including the Wall Street Journal & NY Times, writes, in English, aby my contribution…..so yeah. that was exhausting. I can’t imagine being an actual celebrity in this age of persistent identity. #nobueno

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Previously: Oprah Giveaways Jay-Z’s Decoded

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  • http://myspace.com/730amazin amazinace

    SEX MURDER MAYHEM ROMANCE FOR THE STREET, MAN AND I TELL YA IT’LL BE A BEST SELLER – MONEY CASH HOES

  • killakev92

    Jay-Z is my fuckin idol

  • http://debonairezone.tumblr.com/ THEMAN!

    BRoke down barriers so we can all eat! .Congrats HOV another star on your Suit!

  • HOVA!!

    How many other rappers have done and achieved as much as he has!

    I think a round of applause is in order.

  • fuk waka

    he does take hip hop to anotha level in diff ways
    abt time EM puts out a book!!

  • Jay-Z fan but Not Stan

    Jay-Z sold out, y’all niggas is crazy. Get off 50 year old dudes nuts

  • Ice Cold

    Congrats Jay!!! Nothin but respect

  • mmkayy

    its not hard to make this list tho…………….

  • etetew

    JAY-Z LOST

  • mmkay

    so if aint hard to make a list, u write a book lol,.. niggas be hatin

  • Big Meats

    im like 90 pages into that book, that shit is real

  • pifflighty

    if ya’ll would of told him that he would of be on the best selling list he would of said not in this lifetime wasn’t in his right mind that just shows you how far he made it from where he came from and if he could do it we as young americans can also no matter what the situation were put in..instead of hating on him for that we should CLAP FOR EM…congrats HOV

  • http://Www.rapradar.com James

    Im real happy for him! And im lost of words and thats a first. I would never buy em album. Mad respect for him! 2nd fav Hov 1st

  • the fuckin truth

    #FAIL

    JAY-Z LOST. NOT NAS. SHIT FLOPPED, HEAVY PROMOTION DOESN’T COUNT WHEN THE BOOK IS WACK, RIGHT CAMEL !!! EMINEM’S BOOK WAS #1! HAHAHA!!!

    #FAIL 2

    THE BEST OF JAY-Z IS FLOPPIN TOO!!! HDD SAID THAT SHIT WILL ONLY SELL 40K!! LMAO!!! YOU ARE NOT #1 CAMEL, EMINEM’S GREATEST HITS WAS #1!!! LMAO!!!

    #FLOP #FLOP #FLOP #FLOP #FLOP #FLOP #FLOP #FLOP #FLOP #FLOP #FLOP #FLOP

    KEEEP LOSING CAMEL!!! THE END IS NEAR !!!

  • http://www.lloydbanks.com HFM2

    50 Cents Book Was On New York’s Top Sellers List & It Wasn’t Even Featured On OPRAH!
    come on jay when are you gonna retire?

  • Truth83

    clap for him

  • the fuckin truth

    ^
    HAHAHA!!

    TRUE!!!

    ELLIOOT IS DELLUSIONAL HIS IDOL FLOPPED HARD, THE HEAVY PROMOTION FAILED.

    THE BOOK & THE GREATEST HITS ARE CERTIFIED PLASTIC !

  • Fuck Ya Life

    Wow niggas talking bout books flopping now.

  • VIBRANT THANG

    While most of u r standing applauding, I will remain seated watching up, looking and observing and like I can c from my seat in slow motion the claps, smiles, the grins on yall faces as if this is a second coming. THE FLEECING OF AMERICA/THE DUMBINGDOWN OF AMERICA.

  • scorpio

    HOV!

  • mmkayy

    mmkay says:
    Sunday, November 28 2010 at 11:50 AM EST
    so if aint hard to make a list, u write a book lol,.. niggas be hatin

    ^ lol why wud i need to write a book?

  • Belize

    Congratulations Jay. First book I’ve been able to finish in years.

  • flawda

    The way some of you mfs talk yall make it seem like you aint in your mommas basement and having escargot for dinner. Yall need to chill with that flop nonsense, because dude is probably gonna take that money he made off his book and greatest hits to buy a yacht or something. Don’t talk like yall are big balling or doing something productive!

  • Better

    Congratulations to the GOAT.

  • Rome

    To those saying Jay Z’s greatest hits flopped. What you don’t know is that Jay made a deal to buy back all his masters by 2014. The greatest Hits CD is just a way for Def Jam to
    Make some cake off it before that day reaches. Jay didn’t really promote it.

  • Rome

    This is a great achievement. Salute Dream Hampton Salute Jay.

  • VIBRANT THANG

    A yacht?! Heh, good lawd. Sit back on that yacht and breathe that rare air right. Stretch those chicken legs out, one arm around his “b!tch” and the other with that cigar even though he says he dont smoke. How much is that book, 50 bucks? I’ll keep that in my pocket while I go read his shyt in the library if I got time to waste.

  • Post no billz

    Yeah its true his geatest hits didnt sell that much,its because everybody bought all the original fuckin albums those songs were on..

  • really?

    @Vibrant Thang

    Youre absolutely right. A major literary figure writing a book to reach new audiences and spread knowledge about his art is the exact same thing as “THE FLEECING OF AMERICA/THE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA!”

  • really?

    Oh wait no… its the complete opposite… my bad nevermind.

  • Miss Peaches

    @Jay-Z fan but not stan………..sold out????………..Come here baby……..please explain!!!

    @mmKayy…..”its not hard to make this list”….Seriously? Please…stop yourself…you sounding real jealous right now

    @Fuck Ya Life…Now that’s some funny shit right there @nigga talking bout books flopping.

    My input?: The book is a very good read (in or out of the hip-hop world)…and it will make for a excellent christmas gift.

  • ppr

    You people need to read a real book. SMDH.

  • AFTERMATH

    em has an oscar for his movie sold more records then jayz hes made 6 albums jayz has 12 and he kills him in that catergory and em has out two books the most recent one is called the way i am and is a similar format to jayzs book and it was on the best sellers list wen it came out ems the goat they dont realize that jigga made mor albums and sold half of ems 90 million or more records in 6 years he was out the game from 05 to 09 dont forget that jayz will always b second to the white boy i always said ther will never b another 2pac and ther will never b another eminem GOAT

  • SucksToBeStan

    ^lol bet it sucks that Em can be all that successful and Jays still worth 10x as much

  • http://Www.rapradar.com Lil wayne fan/Jay-Z fan

    ^^^Ha! Even if The Greatest Hits do-quote-flop? Hov the king. Ok and fuck em! Dude was more of a gimmick than nicki minaj! With the funny indian accents and blonde hair corny as phases i can go on and on. Now i can see why she the first female artist he ever worked with/cosign. They are the same person but with different wigs! ha Only people who buy his shit is white/surburen areas. Dam half of jay fans are living in the hood/proverty and cant afford and support his music. While em stans i mean fans are festing on lobsters and crabs! Most surburan teens listen to his music just to rebel aganist their rich parents! Smh That is exactly why i hate album sell and the billboard. It blind people from greatest! So i guess soulja boy is way more better than currency base on units sold? Hell no! So king hov keep doing what you do and kill these haters by never stopping the movement. ha I FEED OFF HATE!!

  • Itz Yourz

    The book is a good read please read it before you knock it. Amazing this man thinking, his upbring, his hustle and his love hiphop/rap that he doesnt want to see become irevelent.

    Read the book. Then hate if you want to but its gona be hard.

    Him being on the best seller list is another win for hiphop/rap. Thats how he’ll probably see it based on how his book read and thats the win-win.

    Applaude him. Applaude our music being broken down (lyrics) in literature for niggas that dont know what most of us go thru and help understand, why we politic about rap like we do, why its hardwired in our lives and why rap is a competitive sport.

  • I and I

    @Aftermath…Three Six Mafia has an Oscar too, so are they now lyrically superior to Jay?
    Vanilla Ice sold more CDs than Rakim…does that now make him a better MC?
    Miles Davis made more albums than Lady Gaga, but she’s sold more…is she now the superior artist?
    Commerce, industry accolades, and artistry? Three different things,dummy
    Em has a way with words….Jay is, for better or worse, is hip hop!

  • Mr.NT

    lol this site is funny, especially since half the people talking shit are illiterate

  • http://aschian.tumblr.com/ artisteer

    stop coparing eminem to jay it’s senseless…

  • http://Www.rapradar.com Lil wayne fan/Jay-Z

    ^^^^Apparently you have no clue what illiterate means dumb ass! Ha! Last i check it meant lack the ability to read not spell words correctly. Its not like we are trying to become the next spelling bee champ! Its a blog site clown who the fuck cares?

  • http://Www.rapradar.com CTE

    ^^^@Lil wayne fan/Jay-Z Yo i agree on the eminem gimmick and album sold and shit. hater are funny as hell but cant keep a great man down. i cosign everything you said accept for the currency and souja boy part they both suck ass to me.

  • Denan

    Black People are such “haters.” The only race that hates on the success of their own simply because you cannot replicate the success of your brother or sister. You disgust me losers. Jay-Z has done more than any of you haters EVER will….period.

  • Kingz

    TWO WORD: ILLUMINATI FREEMASON

    yall better prepare for it because they are WATCHING WITH THEIR ONE EYE and the world will soon be controlled by only a few chosen powerful and rich people!

  • http://www.datpiff.com/Niyemortal_Suffice__Manny_Thoughts_Vol_2.m74275.html Niyemortal

    it is a really good book actually

  • DrDreThatDude

    Regardless of opinion, it cannot be argued that Jay is not an icon for Hip Hop. This dude will be in the encyclopedia on the subject. I support the guy.

  • Dee-Loon

    EMINEM ONLY SELLS MORE BECAUSE HE IS WHITE… PUNK ASS NIGGAZ…

  • http://www.datpiff.com/Niyemortal_Suffice__Manny_Thoughts_Vol_2.m74275.html Niyemortal

    @Dee-Loon

    Even though Eminem has a ton of skill and talent, the white factor is unescapable unfortunately. I dont think he plays to that consciously though, i give him credit for that.

  • Miss J.

    Hov! This book just proves what a brilliant, intelligent person Jay is. He gets my respect.

  • SucksToBeStan

    @Kingz

    In case u havent noticed, pretty much everything is already controlled by a small, elite group of the rich and powerful- but theyre called the government, not the illuminati.

  • killakev92

    Yall can hate all u like but at the end of the day dude has money,beyonce,bars 4 days
    yall haters have………..? oh word nothing die slow

  • west

    @Dee-Loon
    This joke of the year
    Eminem=International artist (asia+africa+australia+new zeland +Europe+south amerique)
    Recovery=3.4 Million
    Relapse=2.6 Million
    760 K first week in 2010 = 3 million 2000-2001

  • Kingz

    @SucktoBEStan

    in case u dont know what Illuminati is, let me teach u the basic of it. illuminati is a secret group of people who are acting behind the scenes and taking high position in entertainment, media, politic, and finance to then later on have the power to control and make their move when in time and control the world. They are creating chaos to divide the nation and then conquer them because they think that in war the strongest people will come out winner. They think themselves as smarter and powerful and thus they should be the one controlling the world and the ordinary being their slaves.
    When the government is going to be indebted and everyone will own money, there will be a huge chaos, then it will be at that time the government will be so desperate that they will turn themselves to the illuminati who are rich and powerful to payout their debt. FROM there THEY WILL DOMINATE THE WORLD AND CREATE THEIR NEW WORLD ORDER. (peep out to what happenned to JFK).

    The world will only be controlled by a few people, this mean the government and minister will not exist anymore and the entire world will be like a monarchy controlled by only the illuminati. NO more freedom and u will have to obey to their orders and be controlled and do whatever they want for what the illuminati think is the way the world should be.

    So there is the concept of ILLUMINATI, freaking isnt it?

  • http://Www.rapradar.com Hate stans!

    FUCK YOU FOR BELIVING THAT SHIT IDOIT! THIS ISNT THE 1300 AND JUST MAYBE YOU SHOLD NOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ AND HEAR ON THE INTERNET!! Yeah jay nice book i just got it two days ago. Its a good look for hip hop and a great read.

  • Donn

    NOT GONNA ARGUE WITH ANYBODY

    DO UR THING HOV, PEACE AND BLESSINGS TO ALL
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS..

  • Word

    @Lil Wayne Fan and CTE

    While yall arguing who better between Jay and Em, they busy performing together and patting each other on the back! LMAO They counting money while yall tryna decide who better smh what a waste

    Gimmicks die slow. If he a gimmick, why he been doing this ten years plus? And you say ppl in poverty are buying Jays albums? How does that make sense! LMAO if you in poverty you aint buying shit. People with money are buying both of they albums, stop hating. Jay rich, so how could poor people relate???????? Clown ass niggas make anything up and dickriders like @CTE feed right into that shit. Oh well.

    Congrats to my nigga Jay though, o ne of my favorites alongside Em, Nas, etc etc. Sue me.

  • SucksToBeStan

    Lmao…. aw no dude…. did u really type all that shit out thinking I would all of a sudden become enlightened, and take up arms with u against the evil overlords that are coming for our souls?

    Sorry dude. I dont get my information from youtube videos, and Im not a conspiracy theorist either. But if the New World Order does come and enslave the universe, at least now Ive been warned. Thanks.

  • The Hater

    @killakev92… U might as well give him some head my dude… He doin tht well he dont need u defending him for free from the bloggers

  • 106

    Book is great. Jay never disappoints.

  • Da Business

    Does anybody know if it’s comin’ to iBook???

  • http://Www.rapradar.com Lil wayne fan

    @Word ^Stop putting words in my mouth! ( no pun intended) I said keyword: most of jay fans can compare to his motivation and hustling. And i did not mention this b/c it was imply. Not when he rapping about cars and overseas trip fool! But trying to make a living and get by. Thats why i said people in the hood/poverty here the keyword:CANT support his music by increasing his album sells unlike em. And the eminem gimmick part-i clearly said when he had keyword you ready?:Blonde hair and the imature indian accent a gimmick to cause it die after quote 10 years! I think you need to go back and read what i wrote instead of swithing up what i said. Yeah you right about jay and em dont care about what i say but hey im a fan so im going to state my opinion. I FEED OFF HATE!!

  • Word

    @Lil Wayne Fan

    I dunno man. If you can’t gain motivation from a white dude.making it in hip hop as a rapper And gaining respect from hip hop and pop.community, coming from the slums he grew up in, I dunno what you can gain motivation from. Em is all about breaking the racial barrier and succeeding. Ain’t that what all us African Americans still aspire to do? Im just saying. But I feel what you saying though kinda

  • hip hop lova

    “Now i can see why she the first female artist he ever worked with/cosign”

    ^ smdh

    so in our stannism stages we’re gonna overlook Foxy Brown & Amil & Missy right?

  • Eric

    when you sucking off the white man and have taken the oath they will put you on a best selling list. I dont know 1 person who has that book.

  • http://www.floridamodeling.net Model

    I didn’t even know he came out with a book. I think it would be pretty interesting to see what he went through to get where he is.

  • Sealey

    YOU can’t compare Eminem to Jay-Z for obvious reasons. That’s like saying Justin Beaber is a better artist than Usher if he sells more or Elvis is better artist than Ivory Joe Hunter. Eminem is a great artist period and we’re not taking that from him but let’s be honest if he was black it would have taking years for white america to embrace him (translate=millions in sales)…many would still not even know who he is. Jay kept is subject matter honest and brought the suburbs to the hood and that’s why we hail him so high. We’ve been feeling these lyrics for years (hip hop as a whole) and finally we can show that it truly is poetry. Why all the hate? Isn’t that what we wanted???

  • mac DIESEL

    A GOOD ENTERTAININ’ BOOK TO READ!!!! HAVEN’T FINISHED READIN’ IT YET!!!! THIS NIGGA IS DEFINITELY LIVIN’ THE AMERICAN DREAM!!!!! KEEP MAKIN’ ‘EM MAD JAY!!!! HA!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • http://raPRADAR fake-is-fake

    big up to him. congrats!! but i see were people come from wit him it s is a little weird that he never fail’s nobody is that great sorry jay stans.. but that cat is deff into some kind of illuminati something! even artist way better than him or bigger suffered setbacks if its just him hats off to him.(no hate) but life isint like that. there’s no way your that flawless of a person cause life’s not flawless unless your a master a making it appear that you are which i think he is.

  • http://www.watchyoursetup.com JUS SAYIN

    bwhahahahaha!! y’all niggas kill me! Whether Jay is #1 or Em is #1…where are y’all hating ass niggas on the ranking list? LMAO…niggas acting like they getting a trophy or a check if their favorite rapper is #1. Asses. Same niggas hating are probably the same niggas expecting Gucci Mane to receive a Lifetime Achievement Tribute at the Grammy’s one day. SMH

  • KnawledgeBorn

    This Is That Slave Mentality I Speak About

    Everybody Hates This Man Why?

    He Gave Water To Africa

    Obviously Splitting From The Roc Was A Good Move

    Dame = Broke
    Biggs= In Jail For Moving WEED?

    He Already Explained His Plan To Takeover Over and Over Again
    ” I’m Raping Def Jam Til I’m The Hundred Million Man”

    If He Was Broke Everybody Would Be Happy But Why Can’t We Be Happy For A Grown BLACK Man Who Stay’s Winning?

    Now Maybe I Am A Simpleton but someone point me to the right direction of This Illuminatti Thing
    Like Proof Hov Belongs Or Any Documentaries or Documents.

    Rap Lines Don’t Count Because White America Even Gets That Twisted Up Still

    “It’s The Return Of The God” I’m A 5%er so I Dont Need To Explain That One

    This Dude Built His Name From Scratch, Forced His Way On Def Jam, Made Plenty Money, Got The Presidency, Bought His Own Contract Off Def Jam & Got His Masters.

    Dude Is Simply Intelligent I’m Only Saying This Because We Should Enjoy & Be Inspired By Him While He’s Here Rather Than A Matyr Like Big & Pac

  • http://Www.rapradar.com James

    Yeah!!!!!

  • http://Www.rapradar.com James

    ???

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