Michael Eric Dyson Teaching Course on Jay-Z at Georgetown

A decade ago, on his album The Blueprint, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter posed the question “do you fools listen to music or just skim through?”  The question was aimed at  those who would write him off as just another superficial rapper obsessed with materialism. Ten years, a dozen Grammys, millions of records sold and a lyric book later, the genius and depth of Jay-Z’s rhymes are undisputed.

Going a step further to canonize the Marcy housing projects’ poet laureate,  Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson is teaching a course called “Sociology of Hip-Hop:  Jay-Z.” The three-credit, fall-only course examines Jay-Z’s music and career and their social and cultural significance. Required reading for the course are Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s Empire State of Mind,  Adam Bradley’s Book of Rhymes and of course Jay’s own Decoded. In a recent interview with MTV’s Rapfix author and pundit Dyson explained that the subject of Jay-Z warranted study because he “is one of the most remarkable artists of our time of any genre, and as a hip-hop artist he carries the weight of that art form with such splendor and grace and genius.”  Check out Rapfix’s interview with Prof. Michael Eric Dyson here.