Michael Eric Dyson Enlists Jay-Z & Nas For New Book
According to the author's website, the book - which focuses on hip-hop's international exposure, use of politics and gender relations, among other topics - opens with an introduction by Jay-Z and an outro written by Nas.
"He has shown those doubters and critics that hip hop is a vital arts movement created by young working-class men and women of color," Jay-Z writes of Dyson. "Yes, our rhymes can contain violence and hatred. Yes, our songs can detail the drug business and our choruses can bounce with lustful intent. However, those things did not spring from inferior imaginations or deficient morals; these things came from our lives. They came from America."
Dyson, who is no stranger to tackling hip-hop and pop culture icons, has written over a dozen other titles including Holler If You Hear Me: Searching For Tupac Shakur and the Marvin Gaye biography Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons Of Marvin Gaye.
To promote the release of the book, Dyson will be making select appearances across the country at various bookstores and other venues.
Know What I Mean? Reflections On Hip Hop hits stores on July 2 through Perseus Books
Here is a complete list of the author's upcoming appearances:
Philadelphia Free Library
1901 Vine Street
Borders Books, AOL/Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY
Hue Man Bookstore & Cafe
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Between 124th and 125th Streets
New York, NY
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Av NW
The Shrine of the Black Madonna
13535 Liverois Ave
Borders Books, Compuware
1012 Woodward Ave
Marcus Books @ EastBayChurch of Religious Science
4130 Telegraph Ave
Borders Books, Fox Hills Mall
124 Fox Hills Mall
Culver City, CA
Eso Won Books
4331 Degnan Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Barnes & Noble, El Cerrito
6050 El CerritoPlaza
El Cerrito, CA