In this provocative and incisive book, Michael Eric Dyson shines a light on the complex life of one of America’s most iconic and influential figures. Drawing on months of exclusive interviews with Jay-Z himself, as well as family members, friends, music industry colleagues, and critical observers, Dyson presents an unvarnished look at Jay-Z’s creative process, business acumen,… In this provocative and incisive book, Michael Eric Dyson shines a light on the complex life.
For who is this book for ?
This provocative and incisive book is for Jay-Z fans, music industry colleagues, as well as critical observers.
- Exhaustive research
- Insightful observations
- Engaging writing
- The author tries too hard to be profound
- The book is long and tedious at times
- It’s not really a biography, but more of a hagiography
Learn more about the author
Michael Eric Dyson is a university professor, best-selling author and cultural critic. He has written extensively about the African American experience, hip hop culture and religion.
“Michael Eric Dyson does a wonderful job of peeling back the layers of Jay-Z to reveal all that he is – artist, business mogul, family man, and friend. This book is an insiders’ look at one of America’s greatest success stories.”
“Jay-Z is one of the most compelling and important figures in American culture, past and present. Few people understand him as well as Michael Eric Dyson, who offers a brilliant and insightful look at not only the rapper’s life and work but also his crucial role in reshaping American society. This book is an absolute must-read for anyone seeking to understand Jay-Z – or modern America.”
“This was an amazing book. Dyson did a great job of delving into Jay-Z’s life and providing insights that only he could.”
“Michael Eric Dyson does a marvelous job in this book of exploring the many facets of Jay-Z’s life – from his passionate work ethic to his complicated family relationships to the ways that he has dealt with fame and success. The result is an intimate portrait that provides readers with a greater understanding not just of Jay-Z, but also of the challenges and opportunities faced by African Americans who achieve prominence in our society.”