Jay-Z Focus Of A Georgetown Professor’s Sociology Course

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VIBE / November 3, 2011

Jay-Z’s lyrics now has a place in the world of higher learning. Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson’s course “Sociology of Hip-Hop — Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z,” which focuses on Jay-Z’s work, was recently profiled in The Washington Post.

Dyson uses Jay-Z’s discography and book Decoded as some of the mentioned required texts for the course and relates them to current societal issues.

Hov’s work encompasses a vast story from the struggle of growing up in the Brooklyn Marcy Projects to a pop culture superstar and businessman. With this work, Dyson hopes to serve as a link for those skeptical of the stories told in hip hop reflect today’s society and culture. 

“I’m a tweener, man! I couldn’t march with Dr. King and them. And I’m too old to be a hip-hopper,” the 53-year-old says during office hours. “But I’ve been granted honorary status in each generation. . . . I see my tongue as a bridge over which ideas can travel back and forth,” Dyson told The Washington Post

The course has become one of the most popular on campus and Dyson hopes to have Jay-Z himself stop by for a cameo in class one day. 

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