Michael Eric Dyson, author of JAY-Z: Made in America, joined Macmillan editor Will Schwalbe on a special episode of Macmillan Podcasts to discuss his life, influences, and the importance of language.
Check out this LitHub article to listen to the podcast and for a full transcript of their chat.
JAY-Z: Made in America
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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, 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.