10/22/2010 11:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jay-Z Called A 'Bloody Genius': How Good Is His New Book?

But the reason he's fascinating, I mean, besides the songs, and the fact that he's married to Beyonce, is his story. His re-shaping and re-making and re-defining of what it means to be a success. A 40-year-old rapper who is still putting out number one records. From the Brooklyn projects to an entrepreneur with a string of businesses (including the Spotted Pig in Greenwich Village, who knew? Go eat there if you haven't. It's great.) And now he has a new book of annotated lyrics. The WSJ has a fascinating piece today pegged to the book, but really an assessment of the whole of Jay-Z.

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