Charlie Rose and Jay-Z in the Brooklyn Museum Assyrian Relief Galleries. Photo © Adam Husted

Yesterday, PBS talk show host, Charlie Rose, interviewed musician Jay-Z at the Brooklyn Museum. The hip hop star is promoting his new book, Decoded, which, in addition to telling his personal story and decoding his lyric, includes unconventional typography, line drawings, and photographs, which according to its Amazon review emphasizes “the author’s message that rap is a form that transcends and defies easy categorization.”

MTV has a report from the event, as does The Brooklyn Paper, which includes a poignant quote by Jay-Z, who spoke about hip-hop music and its importance, “Hip-hop is poetry … I’m telling the story of a generation of people who grew up through an era that was very difficult.”

The interview will be broadcast on Charlie Rose in the near future.

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