Watch as Nas & Michael Eric Dyson Discuss The Current State Of Hip-Hop At Georgetown University

Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 10:59 AM by User 5 Comments

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 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 discussion panels on hip hop and social issues.

Check out the video now.


  1. Jewel avatar

    On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 3:19 AM, Jewel said:


  2. Nisha avatar

    On Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM, Nisha said:

    Well Said
    I enjoyed watching 3 intelligent men discuss a variety of topics and did not hold back any truth or passion. I feel you Nas on trying to bring a solution back to block, I appreciate the understanding you can bring to the hoods across America and to our brothers and sisters caught up in the prison system. We can change the shitty cards that life deals to us, but truthfully as you know, its all in the mind. " WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT LIBERATING MINDS, AS WELL AS SOCIETY" ANGELA DAVIS. Especially our black communities this rings so true, by the masses our minds are ignorant to our truth and our history. In these times of technology its awesome to see a very intelligent discussion that can help educate and cultivate minds. Thank you for posting this.

  3. Haitian Bell avatar

    On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 8:08 PM, Haitian Bell said:

    Peace King

    Loving the fact that you guys had a great time talking about all forms of education and how it influences the youth. It was any awesome conversation to watch and I will share it with the youth i'm in contact with. You do have wisdom and knowledge and the fact that you can not see it in yourself makes it more valuable to the world. Waiting for my turn not taking myself to seriously.
    #Never Stop Never Settle 4ever on the Chase for My Wild Rabbit.


  4. James Jr avatar

    On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM, James Jr said:

    Good good. Any chance there is a video or transcript?

  5. JAFTA avatar

    On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 7:20 AM, JAFTA said:

    MY MAN

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