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God complex, complex gods, or God’s complex: Jay-Z, poor black youth, and making “The Struggle” divine

Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...This essay is based on a keynote lecture delivered by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at The CUNY Graduate Center in November 2011, hosted by The Committee for the Study of Religion, as part of the Black American Popular Religion Conference....

Gangsta Crisis, Catharsis, and Conversion

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Video Analysis

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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... and Serge Lacasse (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2018), 215–251. For a discussion of Jay-Z’s negotiation of religious themes see Michael Eric Dyson, “God Complex, Complex Gods, or God’s Complex: Jay-Z, Poor Black Youth,...