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Michael Eric Dyson Penning New Book, ‘JAY-Z: Made In America’

How exactly was JAY-Z made in America? Well, Michael Eric Dyson will be detailing just that with his next book, JAY-Z: Made In America.

Featuring a foreward by Pharrell, the New York Times best-selling author’s latest piece of literature will examine Shawn Carter as a cultural icon, charting the evolution of his work and thinking with in-depth analysis of his most famous lyrics and songs. Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University, has investigated and championed hip-hop as an art form for decades.

“This book is the fruit of a decade of teaching about one of the greatest poets this nation has produced,” Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University, told EW. “Jay-Z is not only a remarkable recording artist and ingenious businessman, but he is one of our most gifted wordsmiths whose language drips with all the poetic tricks and skills you’ll find in 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 theme of his career, hustling,” he continued, “and what it looks like when it shows up illegally in the underground and how it looks when it’s part of legitimate society.”

Set to publish this fall (November 26th, to be exact), the release will coincide with the legendary rapper’s impending 50th birthday.

“I thought this was the perfect time to take a look at Jay-Z’s career and his role in making this nation what it is today,” Dyson says. “In many ways, this is Jay-Z’s America as much as it’s Obama’s America, or Trump’s America, or Martin Luther King’s America, or Nancy Pelosi’s America, or Maxine Waters’ America. Jay-Z has given this country a language to think with and words to live by, and his lyrics have shaped the self-understanding of a culture that grapples with race and injustice and inequality everyday. He’s an important thinker and artist, and my book tries to measure his impact and acknowledge his greatness.”

JAY-Z: Made In America is available for pre-order now.

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Gruff Rhys announces details of new solo album, ‘Pang!’ and shares new single

The album is coming in September

Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys has announced details of a new solo album, ‘Pang!’ that will be released this September. He has also shared the album’s title track, which you can listen to below.

Described as “a pop album with a couple of verses of Zulu and an English title,” Rhys revealed that ‘Pang!’ developed unexpectedly over 18 months.

Recorded in Cardiff, Wales, the album was produced and mixed by the South African electronic artist Muzi and will be out on Rough Trade Records on September 13. You can pre-order the album here.

You can listen to the album’s title track here:

Speaking about the album’s title track, Rhys explained: “’Pang!’” is a Welsh language song with an English title. It started life as a folk reel and soon expanded into a ‘list’ song, listing various reasons for pangs; hunger, regret, twitter, pain, bad design etc.

“Using the English word pang in a Welsh language track may appear weird but I suppose it’s like using the French word ‘Magazine’ in an English song. In that it’s slightly pretentious but completely acceptable.”

You can see the album’s track listing here:

‘Pang’ Track Listing
2.Bae Bae Bae
4.Ara Deg (Ddaw’r Awen)
5.Eli Haul
6.Niwl O Anwiredd
7.Taranau Mai
8.Ol Bys / Nodau Clust
9.Annedd Im Danedd
8.Oi Bys Nodau Clust
9.Annedd Im Danedd

Rhys will also be touring the UK this autumn, dates below:

Sep 21 – Bethesda, Wales, Gwyl Ara Deg
Oct 15 – Sage Gateshead
Oct 16 – Spree fest Paisley, Scotland
Oct 18 – Sŵn fest, Cardiff 
Oct 19 – Future Days Festival, Birmingham 
Oct 20 – Yes, Manchester
Oct 21 – Stoney’s field, Cambridge 
Oct 23 – Earth, London  

In a review of Rhys’ show at All Points East back in May, NME wrote: ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’ strikes up, but not the bombastic orchestral Space Odyssey version. This version sounds like it’s been recorded on just a cardboard box and toy trumpet. It’s the perfect intro music for Gruff Rhys, solo Super Furry Animal and purveyor of an understated grandeur with an undercurrent of great import.

“Onto the roadhouse-style JägerHaus stage he wombles, dishing out shots of Jagermeister from his backstage stash to the grasping throng and settling in with an acoustic guitar to tell tales of despots, wars and romance like a campfire singalong designed to give you the worst possible nightmares.”

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