Shout outs were kept to a minimum at Thursday night’s sold-out Jay-Z/Kanye West concert at the Verizon Center, but Jay did manage to eke out a few kind words for the 140 Georgetown undergrads studying his life and work this semester: “Shout out to Georgetown, to Professor Dyson for that class!”
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?