Parts of Jay-Z's upcoming "Decoded" book have leaked online and they talk about the rapper's past life including the first arrest he had and his relationship with Nortorius BIG. Based on the book Jay-Z had a lot of run-ins with the law while a teenager.
Jay-Z's first arrest came at age 16. He was dealing in Trenton, because his friend "Hill" had a supplier there. Hill had enrolled in the local high school, and one day when Jay-Z went to meet him, he got caught with crack in his pockets on the campus. Since he had no prior arrests, the police let him go, but they confiscated his supply. In order to make up the cash to the supplier, Jay-Z had to go back to Marcy and deal crack 60 hours straight — three days in a row, he writes. He kept awake by "eating cookies and writing rhymes on the back of brown paper bags." (New York Post)
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