Michael Eric Dyson, one of
magazine's 100 most influential black Americans, is the author of 14 books, including "Come Hell or High Water." Dyson teaches theology, English and African-American studies at Georgetown University.
Dubbed "the hip-hop intellectual" by critics and fans for his pioneering explorations of rap music, Dyson probes the most compelling and controversial dimensions of hip-hop culture in his book "Know What I Mean?" It examines the creative expression of degraded youth that has attracted global exposure; the vexed gender relations that have made rap music a lightning rod for pundits; the commercial explosion that has made an art form a victim of its success; the political elements that have been submerged in the most popular form of hip-hop; and the intellectual engagement with some of hip-hop's most influential figures.