Jay-Z and Nas Contribute to New Book from Michael Eric Dyson

knowwhatimean.jpgA new book from professor Michael Eric Dyson, often referred to as the “Hip-Hop Intellectual” will feature a foreword written by Jay-Z and an afterward by Nas. The book, Know What I Mean: Reflections on Hip-Hop, touches on several issues relevant to young fans of hip-hop and participants in the culture. The two MC’s written pieces are referred to as an “intro” and “outro” in an apparent nod to the format of countless hip-hop LP’s. According to Dyson’s website, topics covered include: “the creative expression of degraded youth that has garnered them global exposure; the vexed gender relations that have made rap music a lightning rod for pundits; the commercial explosion that has made an art form a victim of its success; the political elements that have been submerged in the most popular form of hip hop; and the intellectual engagement with some of hip hop’s most influential figures.” Just this week, Professor Dyson announced that he was leaving his post at Penn University to take a position as University Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. You can preview Jay-Z’s intro on the author’s website at http://www.michaelericdyson.com/knowwhatimean/intro.php. Know What I Mean: Reflections on Hip-Hop is in stores now.

  • BIBBS

    1ST!!!!

  • these posts are racist

    I’m very excited to read this book…anyone who cares about Hip Hop as a culture should copp it.

  • CoCoChampagne

    Good job Hova. I think I’m going to add this book to my ever-growing collection … Um, wasn’t Jigga supposed to come out with a book?

  • Taj

    It’s good that Hov keep doin posotive stuff

  • Worley

    Hopefully we will get an intelligent refutation of the hysterical nonsense that passes for feminist criticism of rap music.

  • KBSG08

    now i dnt kno y tha fuk they usin jay-z coz he dnt kno shit.. nas smart he prolly gon say somethin effective ..but jay-z ..nah

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  • http://myspace.com/imonlymarlon marlon

    I’ve already read jay z part and it was very good. I was very impressed. Can’t wait to read the book

  • havoc

    read, go to college, get a job, and be successful.

  • Doctor69

    ILL JACK OFF TO JAY Z PART!!!

  • Doctor69

    ILL JACK OFF TO JAY Z PART!!!

  • http://www.nogomania.com Hustler SLO

    You can jack off at you mother for I care.
    Young people need to read more. If they are listening to hip hop, they should consider the lyrics, fuck the beat, anybody can make that. But a real MC can make a rime, that flows in the song, the rime that stays int your head.

  • vega_diamond

    thats why he doesnt have time for garbage idiots like little weezer. This is positive. now even thoug I dont agree with everything that he has dont, he did what he had to do to get where he could make a change.
    also… check out. vega_diamond on myspace

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    HAVOC… THATS REAL TALK!!!

  • BlakSteel

    All I can say or feel is, GOD is sending us help, but will we help ourselves. With knowledge we can over come all obstacles we face and this man is heaven sent I believe for the work he’s doing. Peace to Bro.Michael Eric Dyson and Jay’s intro was very good.Peace to all the positive black men of the world.

  • izzik haze

    I’m gonna cop dat asap, ya heard!
    , but some how I feel this book is gonna be missed
    by a lot of people who need it.
    let’s face it , alot of street niggaz don’t read.

  • Rodjilius

    well they are helpin hip hop i just dont think theyll get their point across too well with a book but i guess good luck to em

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Miss Stone

    Nothing but the best from the best.

  • http://xxl darkside513

    kbsg08 did yo mom drop you on yo head when you was born, you said jay z don’t know nothing you must be slow

  • Jay

    KBSG08 Says:

    July 6th, 2007 at 2:56 pm
    now i dnt kno y tha fuk they usin jay-z coz he dnt kno shit.. nas smart he prolly gon say somethin effective ..but jay-z ..nah

    _________________________________________________

    You say jay don’t know shit, well you don’t know how to spell buddy.

  • juliuswilcox

    i was expecting lil wizzy to be on here. at least one of the deep thinking brothers from the south. why not lil boozie over nas?

  • http://www.xxlmag.com kmasters

    this shit is all about king thing…………every body got projects to handle and records to sell both fame and honor ‘who is gonna rule hiphop’I mean the god of hiphop………..know what I mean………….X got shit,jay got shit,snoop same lets see who is who we all know all is n*about fame and honor today not only the cash stuff

  • http://www.xxlmag.com kevin king

    all is about king thing but hope this rappers got a deal on union as a resolution to walk in the same redeem together such as the battler X hiphop savior the queens and poet leader Nas,the dynasty and money maker jay z………….east coast hiphop is growing more than ever ……….is where everything began back home in the days we in here coz hiphop gonna last for ever.

  • Doctor69

    YO IM ABOUT OLD AS ERIC DYSON I LOOK THAT OLD BUT MORE GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Doctor69

    YO IM ABOUT OLD AS ERIC DYSON I LOOK THAT OLD BUT MORE GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Doctor69

    YO IM ABOUT OLD AS ERIC DYSON I LOOK THAT OLD BUT MORE GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Knowledge is power!

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