Michael Eric Dyson Enlists Jay-Z & Nas For New Book

ImageGeorgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson has called on two of hip hop's biggest names for his latest book entitled Know What I Mean? Reflections On Hip Hop.

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:

July 10

7:00 PM

Philadelphia Free Library

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA

July 17

7:00 PM

Borders Books, AOL/Time Warner Center

10 Columbus Circle

New York, NY

July 18

6:00 PM

Hue Man Bookstore & Cafe

2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd

Between 124th and 125th Streets

New York, NY

July 19

7:00 PM

Politics & Prose

5015 Connecticut Av NW

Washington, DC

July 21

2:00 PM

The Shrine of the Black Madonna

13535 Liverois Ave

Detroit, MI

July 23

12:00 PM

Borders Books, Compuware

1012 Woodward Ave

Detroit, MI

July 24

6:30 PM

Marcus Books @ EastBayChurch of Religious Science

4130 Telegraph Ave

Oakland, CA

July 25

12:00 PM

Borders Books, Fox Hills Mall

124 Fox Hills Mall

Culver City, CA

July 26

7:00 PM

Eso Won Books

4331 Degnan Blvd

Los Angeles, CA

July 27

12:00 PM

Barnes & Noble, El Cerrito

6050 El CerritoPlaza

El Cerrito, CA

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