Michael Eric Dyson Explains Why He Created A Jay-Z Academic Course


Not just anyone can swag out the American dream to the point of inspiring the fruition of a 3-credit university course under your name. But Jay-Z’s success story supplies enough gems that it’s worthy of a Georgetown syllabus. 

During the fall semester, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson—a revered culturual critic, author, academic and radio host—will be leading the two-day morning class, Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z to students interested in examining how Shawn Corey Carter’s sensibilities have reshaped pop culture and reinvigorated black mobility. 

During Hov’s charitable event two weeks ago, Dyson spoke to MTV about why he chose to run the course. “Jay-Z is an incredible genius. Speaking out against rap music is useless and is also futile. The reality is there’s criticism for everything, but Jay-Z is one of the most remarkable artist of our time of any genre,” Dyson said adamantly.

“And as a hip-hop artist he carries the weight of that art form with such splendor and grace and genius. I admire the way he carries himself and the incredible craft that he displays everytime he steps up to the microphone.” 

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