Watch as Nas & Michael Eric Dyson Discuss The Current State Of Hip-Hop At Georgetown University
As an extension of the Kennedy Center’s One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide Festival taking place in Washington, D.C., Georgetown University hosted a “A Conversation with Nas and Michael Eric Dyson.” The sold out event, which took place March 27th was opened by legendary hip hop producer and academic scholar 9th Wonder and featured a musical set of Nas classics. Hosted in the Nation's Capitol, Nas and Dyson embarked on a serious and honest discussion on hip hop and it's current state, the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, as well as the legendary artist's overall contribution and influence on American culture. Moderated by James Peterson, Director of African Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University, the 90 minute addressed serious social issues with Nas discussing members of the hip hop culture not taking a greater responsibility to rap about topics that touch on social justice issues, the future of the youth and the social issues that plague the development of minorities in this country. The two discuss their shared history of experiences with loved ones in the prison system, as well as how they came to know each other personally through attending previous discussions panels on hip hop and social issues. Check out the video now.