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  • Can Drake reinvent the Toronto Raptors à la Jay-Z?

    October 1, 2013 | 10:32 am

    The Toronto Raptors are gearing up for a makeover from none other than Drake, the city’s very own Jewish rap sensation.

    We know, you’re probably wondering if it’s even possible to infuse cool into a losing team with a tougher, redder Barney for a mascot. But according to the...

  • Watch: Snoop Lion helps Larry King become ‘first’ Jewish rapper

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    July 18, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    CNN star Larry King wants to become the first ever Jewish rapper, and he’s enlisted the assistance of none other than rhyming veteran Snoop Dogg Lion.

    While Snoop didn’t break the news to King that artists like the Beastie Boys and Drake have already beaten him to it, he did do a...

  • Jerry Seinfeld teams up with Wale

    By Jana Banin, JTA

    June 25, 2013 | 10:34 am

    What happens when an up-and-coming rapper from Washington D.C. hangs out with with a Jewish comic from the Upper West Side? No awkward-yet-hilarious rapping, we’re sad to say.

    There might just be a seed of a sitcom, though. Check out Wale’s visit with unlikely hero Jerry Seinfeld.

  • Drake wins first Grammy

    February 11, 2013 | 10:52 am

    The Jewish Canadian singer Drake won a Grammy Award, his first, for Rap Album of the Year.

    Also, the indie pop band fun. won Song of the Year with "We Are Young" and Best New Artist at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles. Its lead singer, Jack Antonoff, is...

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  • French Rapper Booba ‘Cyber-lynched’ for Mentioning Shoah

    February 7, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Dozens of anti-Semitic messages were left on the Facebook page of the popular French rapper Booba for vowing in a new song to avenge the victims of the Holocaust.

    Booba, the son of a Muslim father from Senegal, raps in a song titled “Master Yoda” that was posted Feb. 2 on his...

  • No, Adam Yauch wasn’t a yeshiva boy, but we can still claim him

    May 7, 2012 | 3:48 pm

    As a student at an all-girls day school in Brooklyn, the first thing I learned about the Beastie Boys turned out to be untrue.
    According to a yeshiva urban legend, two of the founding members of the Beastie Boys had attended The Marsha Stern Talmudic Academy in upper Manhattan. Some...

  • Opinion: On Matisyahu's beard

    December 19, 2011 | 10:30 am

    On Tuesday, December 13, Chassidic reggae-star Matisyahu Tweeted:

    This morning I posted a photo of myself on Twitter. No more Chassidic reggae superstar.  Sorry folks, all you get is me…no alias. When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic...

  • Mac Miller and a generation of Jewish hip-hop

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 18, 2011 | 9:57 am

    Earlier this week, the 19-year-old “white Jewish rapper” known as Mac Miller reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts with his debut album,  “Blue Slide Park.” According to ABC News, the album sold 144,487 copies during its first week of sale, and prompted the high-praise...

  • Jewish teen rapper’s album tops Billboard chart [VIDEO]

    November 16, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    A Jewish teen rapper has had his first album debuted at the top of Billboard 200 chart.

    “Blue Slide Park,” the first album-length effort from Mac Miller, a 19-year-olf Pittsburgh-reared emcee, sold 144,000 copies in its first week.

    The rapper, whose real name is Malcolm...

  • A Letter to My Neighbors…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 21, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    From the Messy Closet of Julia Beynart-Bendis


    My Dearest Neighbor:

    How are you?  Hope this note finds you well.  Remember the party your threw last weekend at your house?  I wanted to thank you for it, unfortunately somehow I did not receive the invitation.  Therefore I wanted to...

  • Gangsta rapper Shyne, now an Orthodox Jew, plans comeback

    January 3, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    It was early on during his difficult, isolated years in prison that the former gangsta rapper known as Shyne decided to formally take on the laws of Judaism as his own.

    Shyne, who legally changed his name in prison from Jamaal Barrows to Moses Levi—Moses is one of his favorite...

  • Matisyahu’s ‘Miracle’ Chanukah song [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 28, 2010 | 8:46 pm

    A message from Matisyahu from matisyahuworld.com:

    There’s so many Christmas songs out there, I wanted to give the Jewish kids something to be proud of. We’ve got Adam Sandler’s song which is hilarious but I wanted to try to get across some of the depth and spirituality inherent in the holiday—in a fun, celebratory song. My boy Kojak was in town so at the last minute we went into the studio in the spirit of miracles and underdogs and this is what we came up with. Happy Hannukah!!

    -Matisyahu

    Do you like the song?

  • MUSIC: ‘That Yemenite Kid’  Diwon makes a mix tape—in Yiddish

    October 7, 2008 | 2:12 am

    NEW YORK (JTA) -- Courtesy of Diwon, the artist formerly known as DJ Handler and otherwise known as the executive director of Modular Moods and Shemspeed.com, comes this fresh mix of pop, hip-hop, electronica and . . . Yiddish?

    We spoke to "That Yemenite Kid" and asked him what's...

  • MUSIC VIDEO: Ori Murray—‘Rosh Hashanah Rap’

    By The Web Guy

    September 30, 2008 | 2:59 pm

    The Matrix, the Kotel, the Days of Awe are all linked in this music video from Ori Murray shot in Jerusalem.

     

  • Documentary goes behind the music video with Chutzpah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2008 | 11:38 pm

    Tor Hyams was startled to discover that his Jewish rap group, Chutzpah, had become the subject of an arty short documentary -- Juliet Landau's "Take Flight" -- which will be the centerpiece of The Hollywood Hill's inaugural BigBrainBoy Mobile Media Summit that takes place on Sept. 12...
  • Francky Perez’ hip-hop ‘Hatikvah’ en Français

    By JewishJournal.com

    April 3, 2008 | 4:53 pm

    I can’t feature this video on our home page yet because it’s only in Hebrew and French (no English) but this hip-hop version of ‘Hatikvah’ by Francky Perez et Broadway is stunning.

    Stay tuned for a subtitled version in two weeks, Francky says.

    Meanwhile, here are my subtitles:...

  • MUSIC VIDEO: Gad Elbaz and Alon de Loco in ‘Ha layla ze haz’man’—‘Tonight’s the Night’

    November 9, 2007 | 7:18 pm

    Two Israeli cliques— cool kids and Yeshiva students—somehow manage to ‘just get along’ in this hiphop music video from rappers Gad Elbaz and Alon de Loco in ‘Ha layla ze haz’man’—‘Tonight’s the Night’

  • Girlz in the hood

    By Dikla Kadosh

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    'Miriam' and 'Shoshana' live in the Pico-Robertson area. They're seniors at a religious girls' school, they study Torah, dress modestly and keep the Sabbath.

    But Miriam and Shoshana are not your ordinary Orthodox girls. They rap. They use foul language. They fantasize about...

  • I Ate the Whole Thing!

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I Ate the Whole Thing!

    Rap music and matzah balls? Hey, Jews can rap. Just ask the group, Chutzpah, which showed up in full rapping gear for the weighing of the 26-pound-matzah ball at Canter's Deli last week to celebrate the DVD release of "When Do We Eat?" The weights and measures...

  • The Sabbath Rap

    By Gaby Friedman

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The service begins with "Shalom Aleichem," but there's a twist: Injected between the traditional verses are some fast-talking, spoken-word interludes with messages for those entering into the ritual. "So recline, right after you drink this wine/ See this time is a gift from the mind...

  • Spectator - It’s Hip to Be Chutzpah

    By Gaby Friedman

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When you think of hip-hop or rap, you don't generally think of jowl-necked septuagenarians or skinny, psyched-out white guys rapping about the tsuris their mother gives them, but then again, you don't generally think of Jews either.

    Enter Chutzpah, or the new "Jewish Hip-Hop...

  • Masi’s Grays

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Borscht Belt has gone way downtown as a crop of young hip-hoppers redefines the shape of Jewish comedy.

    Welcome to the next generation of Jewish humor, where beats become borscht in the hip-hop Cuisinart.Young Jews have found rap's limitless vocabulary ideal for taking a fresh...

  • Jewish Humor’s New New Rap

    By Daniel Balasco

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Borscht Belt has gone way downtown as a crop of young hip-hoppers redefines the shape of Jewish comedy.

    Welcome to the next generation of Jewish humor, where beats become borscht in the hip-hop Cuisinart. Young Jews have found rap's limitless vocabulary ideal for taking a fresh...

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