JAY-Z: Made in America

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2019
5 hours 36 minutes
This program is read by the author, and includes an introduction written by Pharrell, and read by Nick Cannon.

'Dyson's incisive analysis of JAY-Z's brilliance not only offers a brief history of hip-hop's critical place in American culture, but also hints at how we can best move forward.' —Questlove

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 audiobook 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.
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I was quite surprised that I actually enjoyed this book. I am of the babyboomer era, so I am not adequently familiar with the works of JayZ. I do respect and appreciate the works of M. Dyson, however. So as a result I consider myself enlightened regarding commendable attributes of JayZ. I was inspired to google the lyrics of some of JayZ's works; which for me is a new learning experience. Thank you, professor Dyson!

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Mbasa T.

This is an awesome book...

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