LOS ANGELES, CA Thursday Jul.5.2007 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- Jay-Z and NaS have contributed to a new book entitled "Know What I Mean? Reflections On Hip Hop," by Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson.

According to the author's website, the book takes a closer look at the world of hip-hop and its impact on both social and political spheres.

Jay-Z wrote the intro, and NaS the outro. Jay-Z writes of Dyson, "He has shown those doubters and critics that hip hop is a vital arts movement created by young working-class men and women of color."

"Yes, our rhymes can contain violence and hatred. Yes, our songs can detail the drug business and our choruses can bounce with lustful intent. However, those things did not spring from inferior imaginations or deficient morals; these things came from our lives. They came from America."

"Know What I Mean? Reflections On Hip Hop" is available in stores now.

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