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Jay-Z : made in America / Michael Eric Dyson ; illustrations by Everett Dyson ; with a foreword by Pharrell.

Dyson, Michael Eric, (author.). Dyson, Everett, (illustrator.). Williams, Pharrell, (writer of foreword.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250230966
  • ISBN: 1250230969
  • Physical Description: xii, 226 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [225]-226).
Formatted Contents Note:
"Allow me to re-introduce myself" -- "I'm the definition of it": Hustling -- "I paint pictures with poems": Poetry -- "Somewhere in America": Politics -- "What's better than one billionaire?" -- Annotated discography.
Summary, etc.:
JAY-Z: Made in America is the fruit of Michael Eric Dyson's decade of teaching the work of one of the greatest poets this nation has produced, as gifted a wordsmith as Walt Whitman, Robert Frost and Rita Dove. But as a rapper, he's sometimes not given the credit he deserves for just how great an artist he's been for so long. This book wrestles with the biggest themes of JAY-Z's career, including hustling, and it recognizes the way that he's always weaved politics into his music, making important statements about race, criminal justice, black wealth and social injustice. As he enters his fifties, and to mark his thirty years as a recording artist, this is the perfect time to take a look at JAY-Z's career and his role in making this nation what it is today. In many ways, this is JAY-Z's America as much as it's Pelosi's America, or Trump's America, or Martin Luther King's America. JAY-Z has given this country a language to think with and words to live by.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 October #2
    By scrutinizing Jay-Z's hustling, poetry, and politics, sociologist, writer, and theologian Dyson makes the case that he is a rapper who has reached Horatio Alger-level iconic status by his rise from Brooklyn drug-dealer to legitimate billionaire businessman. With a fun, opinionated discography and impressive richness, eloquence, and intertextuality, Dyson's portrait places the soon-to-be-50 husband of Beyoncé in cultural context for fans and the curious alike, linking Jay-Z's life and art to painter Basquiat, crooner Marvin Gaye, and poet Walt Whitman. The author rhymes, uses alliteration, and delivers Dyson-isms to describe Jay's endeavors (e.g., "bright hustling" created Jay's positive income streams; "blight hustling" hurt the community). Though he doesn't interview the artist, he makes his case that as a truth-telling racial unifier, political influence, and "vocal evangelist for developing generational wealth in black communities," Jay-Z represents a symbol of overcoming for hip-hop culture and American society. At times Dyson sounds like a fanboy as he deliberately and refreshingly avoids rap-bashing, while quoted lyrics from profound, profane, tame, even lame songs by Jay-Z illuminate his artistic spectrum. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

MICHAEL ERIC DYSON is one of America’s premier public intellectuals and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tears We Cannot Stop and What Truth Sounds Like. He occupies the distinguished position of University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and is a contributing editor of The New Republic and ESPN’s The Undefeated. Ebony magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans and one of the 150 most powerful blacks in the nation.

Subject: Jay-Z, 1969-
Rap musicians > United States > Biography.
Rap (Music) > History and criticism.
MUSIC > Genres & Styles > Rap & Hip Hop.
SOCIAL SCIENCE > Ethnic Studies > African American Studies.
Genre: Biographies.

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