Jay-Z’s Book Recommendations

5 Books Recommended by Jay-Z

The Seat of the Soul

The Seat of the Soul

The Seat of the Soul is a 1989 book by Gary Zukav.

2 recommenders
Charlamagne Tha God and Jay-Z

“There are two books that I absolutely live my life by. This is one of them. This book made the most sense to me; it’s about the way you live your life”. – Jay-Z

The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure

The Celestine Prophecy

The Celestine Prophecy is a 1993 novel by James Redfield.

1 recommender

“This is the other book I live by. It’s fiction, a guy travels to find a secret book that has a series of principles”. – Jay-Z

Outliers: The Story of Success


Outliers: The Story of Success is a 2008 book by Malcolm Gladwell.

5 recommender
Bill Gates, Charlie Munger, Dwayne Johnson, Jay Z, and Joe Rogan

“This book is about the principles of timing and repetition, about preparing yourself for luck, really. The book resonated with me because I was born at a time when there was an influx of incredible music into the culture, and I was lucky that my mom and pop were huge record collectors”. – Jay-Z

Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

Purple Cow

Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable is a 2003 book by Seth Godin.

1 recommender

“This is straight marketing advice: Your product has to be a purple cow, it has to be distinct to have any success. For years I never did an ad for Rocawear (his company), because I cared more about the quality than the face in front. I hadn’t read this book back then, but when someone puts words to feelings you have, it’s like, Wow, that’s exactly what it is.” – Jay-Z

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

The Odyssey is a poem by Homer.

3 recommenders
Elizabeth Holmes, Jay-Z and Ted Turner

“This epic poem was kind of difficult for me to get through, but it has a beautiful rhythm. I got lost in reading about Odysseus’ struggle to get home and his longing for someone so strong, as his wife was, waiting for him. That’s like a dream, that kind of strength, love, loyalty”. – Jay-Z

Books Written by Jay-Z



Decoded is a 2010 book by Jay-Z.

1 recommender
LeBron James

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