Michael Eric Dyson is a well noted Georgetown professor and New York Times best-selling author that has received honors such as the NAACP Image Award. He has penned books about hip hop culture that includes Tupac Shakur. JAY-Z: Made In America, is Dyson’s latest writing which features a forward written by Pharrell Williams.
“I thought this was the perfect time to take a look at JAY-Z’s career and his role in making this nation what it is today,” Dyson told Entertainment Weekly. “In many ways, this is JAY-Z’s America as much as it’s Obama’s America, or Trump’s America, or Martin Luther King’s America, or Nancy Pelosi’s America, or Maxine Waters’ America.”
Michael Dyson’s book is planned for a November 26 released and will be on shelves just a few days before Hov turns 50.
JAY-Z has given this country a language to think with and words to live by, and his lyrics have shaped the self-understanding of a culture that grapples with race and injustice and inequality everyday. He’s an important thinker and artist, and my book tries to measure his impact and acknowledge his greatnessMichael Eric Dyson
Michael Eric Dyson, has been studying the career of Jay Z for years. He has seen the trajectory it has taken from street poet to one of the most successful business men on the planet. It is perhaps the best time to celebrate his success since he was recently named hip hop’s first billionaire.
“This book is the fruit of a decade of teaching about one of the greatest poets this nation has produced,” he said. “JAY-Z is not only a remarkable recording artist and ingenious businessman, but he is one of our most gifted wordsmiths whose language drips with all the poetic tricks and skills you’ll find in Walt Whitman, Robert Frost and Rita Dove. But as a rapper, he’s sometimes not given the credit he deserves for just how great an artist he’s been for so long.”
He added, “This book wrestles with the biggest theme of his career, hustling, and what it looks like when it shows up illegally in the underground and how it looks when it’s part of legitimate society.”
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