Jay-Z hit with handwritten lawsuit over his ‘Decoded’ book

The rapper is being sued by Patrick White, who says he wrote large portions of 'Decoded'

Jay-Z is facing a lawsuit over his 2010 book Decoded, after it was alleged that he stole large swathes of the book.

Decoded, which is partly a memoir and partly a book of lyrics with accompanying explanations, was published in 2010, but, according to Patrick White, who has filed a lawsuit against the rapper, most of it was stolen from his laptop computer.

White, who submitted the handwritten lawsuit last week, alleges that his laptop was taken in 2009 and the ’99 Problems’ rapper has failed to response to his requests to be credited appropriately. He is suing for copyright infringement and invasion of property.

He said in the legal papers to the United States District Court on June 13: “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 [Decoded] contains various expressions/colors/phrases, which correlates to my work. After contacting or attempting to contact the co-author, I got no reply.”

Jay-Z is currently nearing the end of his extensive UK arena tour with Kanye West, with dates at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on June 21and Birmingham’s LG Arena on June 22 the only shows that remain.

Jay-Z also hinted late last year that a second ‘Watch The Throne’ release may surface at some point.