December always brings a torrent of Christmas-themed recordings by musical artists of all stripes. If you’re at all serious about longevity in a recording career, you record an album of holiday music — the sooner, the better.
Meet Eric Schwartz, the 29-year-old actor, rapper and musician known to his fans as Smooth E. Think a combination of the satire of Weird Al Yankovich with hip rap persona, sort of Eminem with a Woody Allen smirk. He does both straight-ahead rap and parodies of well-known rap tunes, often with a Jewish twist, though he's also willing to get R-rated as the mood strikes him.
If spoof dj Dr. Demento hosted a Purim show, he'd have to spotlight the Jewish band Shlock Rock. Shlock 'n' roll includes clever parodies of pop hits like "I Don't Get No Humentashen (based on the Stones' "Satisfaction") and "Achashverosh" (think Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus").