According , 42-year-old Jay-Z (real name Shawn Corey Carter) may be in some literary lawsuit trouble over his 2010 book, Decoded. The book, which was part memoir and part a collection of Jay-Z lyrics, with the stories behind them, was co-written by Dream Hampton. But according to a man named Patrick White, portions of ‘Decoded’ were stolen from him. White says that in 2009, his laptop was stolen:
“In 2009, my personal computer was compromised, resulting in my personal work to be used in Jay-Z’s book Decoded which was released in 2010…The book contains various expressions/colors/phrases, which correlates to my work…After contacting or attempting to contact the co-author, I got no reply.”
In the hand-written lawsuit, which is kinda strange in itself, he says that he was shocked when he saw that portions of a book he had been working on were similar to portions of Jay’s memoir. Peep the full story here.