Camel Gets His ‘Decoded’ Promo Ho On, Says Oprah’s Influenced Him To Write The Book, Talks Friendship With Obama And Details About Growing Up Hustling!!!

- By Bossip Staff Categories: ChitChatter, Congratulations, F*ck a Thug

Jay-Z attends "Decoded" book release at New York Public Libaray - Celeste Bartos Forum on November 15, 2010 in New York City.

Who knew that all it took to get Camel to admit Oprah’s influence, discuss his marriage to Beyonce and consider therapy, was a little motivation to sell books? Jay-Z has been doing a slew of interviews this week in preparation for the release of his new book ‘Decoded’ which drops today.

The rapper/author did several radio interviews yesterday and spent Tuesday evening at a special New York Public Library event with Cornel West.

Fans waited in line starting at noon on Monday to see Jay-Z speak at the “LIVE from the NYPL” series at the New York Public Library to promote his new book, “Decoded,” in stores Tuesday.

Billed as a conversation with Jay-Z, the event featured the Grammy-winning artist fielding questions from both the “LIVE from the NYPL” director Paul Holdengraber and from guest Cornel West, Princeton professor and one-time Prince collaborator.

Both Harry Belafonte and Lupe Fiasco took in the discussion from the front rows, but there was no sign of Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce.

Dressed in a suit with an open collar, the artist, whose real name is Shawn Carter, seemed genuinely honored to see Belafonte, but he credited the writing of his book to another African American celebrity.

“Oprah was a big reason I wrote this book,” he said. “We had conversations about language and the N word, and while we didn’t agree, we left that conversation with a better understanding.”

So why did he write his memoir now?

“I want to encourage young artists to not be afraid to use their voices,” he told an adoring crowd. “I’m trying to expand the genre of hip hop and keep it truthful.”

Not just sticking to his book, Jay-Z covered a wide range of topics, everything from religion to humanity to hustling on a street corner in Brooklyn.

“You have to question everything about life,” says the rapper. “I believe in God and for me different religions are all praying to the same God.”

It’s pretty interesting that he brings up God, since the image he chose to grace his book’s cover — one of artist Andy Warhol’s “Rorschach” paintings has received some comparisons to Baphomet. SMH. Y’all know who that is right?

Decoded Baphomet

Yeah we’re not buying it, but we figured we’d share for those of you who continue to believe Jigga carries a torch for the Illuminati.

Interestingly enough, Hov discussed the cover art selection on Howard Stern’s show yesterday. Howard asked Jay-Z a range of questions about his upbringing, his marriage, his music, his relationship with President Obama and details about the book. The full audio (it’s long but worth it!) is below:

For all those aboard Hov’s book bandwagon, you can check him out this Thursday on “Bloomberg Game Changers” on Bloomberg TV at 9:30 pm and 11:30 pm EST. The show will re-air Friday 11/19 at 9:30 PM and 11:30 PM

The show will include interviews with Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons; Warner Brothers Records Chairman and CEO and former Def Jam CEO Lyor Cohen; Translation LLC founder and CEO Steve Stoute; music journalist Zack Goldberg; Jay-Z biographer Jake Brown; “New Jack City” screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper; childhood friends and fellow rappers Jaz-O and Mr Cee and Jay-Z’s grade school teacher Renee Lowden.

That should be interesting. And news just broke that Hovvie Baby will reunite with his buddy Oprah next month. He’ll be performing for “The Oprah Show” on December 14th when the show travels to Australia.

Check out more photos from Jay-Z’s Public Library discussion below:

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  • nana

    People are soooo gullible when it comes to Jigga! I swear this dude will win the Presidency if he runs…jay Z is GOD! Lol

  • allergic2suckaz

    Im still trying to figure out how Oprah said she didnt like rappers but is on tape walking around Marcy Projects with Jay???

    • signal, checka one?

      Yeah I’m trying to figure that out as well. I think Jay’s wife had something to do w/ it. Cause it wasn’t too long after (or maybe before?) Oprah had Solange on her show talking about her hair and how people were judging her, blah blah…the common denominator is Ms Carter. As for Jay’s book, I haven’t really heard a lot about it, so I won’t be purchasing it, but I’m sure his stans will line up!

  • juliemango

    Cant blame jayz for mentioning d oprah influence\effect now his books are ready to fly into the hands of ready buyers!!!

  • angie

    I think people are the ones who glorify JayZ!! JayZ is a man, not a God. A very talented gifted man; but a man and regarding symbols and pictures. No deity is great than God, even JayZ knows this. Has anyone ever listened to the words he says, stop putting words in his mouth and listen.

  • wendy

    i can imagine what he would write. Didnt he decode his life in every single lyrics that he has eva written, what else is there to write about jayz…..he just like his wife will do watever to stay in the media….idiots..i wonder if wrote the entire book by himself or did beyonce help him …that a joke they both dum…

    • d.

      But isn’t staying in the media beneficial for entertainers?

    • ciara

      if this is wendy williams shut up.

  • http://u bklynlady

    FCK JAY-Z! Really, who gives a sh*t? Never hear about charity work or giving back to the community. Please….get him and his wife outta here!

    Friendships with obama, negro pls!

  • http://u bklynlady

    that picture in the book and the way his hand is positioned at his collar is DEFINITELY a clear sign of Illuminati. RESEARCH IT! ….and look at his bold expression smh
    keep making this fool rich.

    • Banrion

      You’re just another testament of how fickle and foolish people are. You hear people talk about and tying Jayz to devil worshipping and seeing his book cover compared to a fricking demon and you run with it!! Do you people not have a mind of your own?! I mean c’mon!
      The INKBLOT on the cover of the book is taken from Warhol’s work inspired by Hermann Rorschach- a psychiatrist who used it based on a personality test. I should know since I spent 3 months writing a frickin’ thesis based on Freudian studies.
      Does it hurt to research a bit before you take up space with you buffoon inspired comments???
      Yeah I expect you to retort with some moronic grunt so save it and focus more on stepping outside your small irrelevant box.

  • MissPerfect

    I love JayZ he sets a example for all these rappers out here he was a drug dealer turn rapper turned business man you never seen him get arrested for drugs like all these other rappers .. if you listen to his music he not talking about drugs guns and all that.. he has a postive vibe going how many rappers would Oprah sit down with? How many rappers can sit down with Ceo’s of major companies and be taken seriously ! not that many

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  • lady t

    i just listened to the interview and i think he did a good job. people sit and hate on that man for no reason. anyone who grow up in the hood or projects can relate to anything he says. jayz took he life and made it into music, then went on to other ventures. he always said he was a business man! i respect jay i think he is great at what he do and its good to have a black man from the projects in the world of entertainment who is a success.i never understand why people hate on him so much? i will support and buy the book. he only doing what most wish they could.

  • E.C. from D.C.

    I’m good….

  • Matix B

    I haven’t bought anything by Jay-Z since Life and Times Volume 3 why would I buy this self serving BS. They should have saved the trees.

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