Just so we are clear from the jump -- this isn't an official mixtape from Jay-Z for his new book, Decoded. Rather it's a project put together by Hetal Bhatt that serves as a companion piece to the novel. As such, when you're reading about the inspiration behind tracks such as "Can I Live?" or "December 4th," you can play them to hear exactly what Jay has written about. It's a pretty clever idea, really. But I bet some of you already went ahead and compiled the tracks into an iTunes playlist and are currently shaking your fist at the screen, Shelbyville style.
Download the Decoded mixtape below.