Jay-Z shouts out Georgetown — but should the Hoyas be studying Hova?


Students line up to talk with Michael Eric Dyson, left, after his sociology course at Georgetown. (Bill O'Leary/TWP)

The class he was referring to is Michael Eric Dyson’s “Sociology of Hip-Hop — Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z,” which I wrote about in Thursday’s paper. And while Jay was obviously chuffed to hear about the course, others were not.

The New York Post didn’t like the story and said my questions for Dyson weren’t tough enough. Spin called the class “semi-ridiculous.” And Gawker encouraged readers not to “go looking for great hip hop insight in a Georgetown class about the most MTV-friendly rapper this side of Kanye.” So... we should go to Gawker for that?

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about the joys of heavy metal drumming, the perils of "poptimism" and six months in the life of D.C. rapper Shy Glizzy.
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