[Dixielandjazz] Jewish Rap - OFF TOPIC - but relates to music
tcashwigg at aol.com
tcashwigg at aol.com
Wed Dec 7 13:22:32 PST 2005
Sounds like this writer is definitely putting a Jewish Spin on the
and perhaps, they have not heard of the great HOLY HIP HOP Movement in
And not anit- semetic or racists implied at all , but has ANYone done a
census on the Jewish population in the world today?
I am not convinced that they are necessarily a minority any more, :))
But it does make Great PR and I am sure that if it ain't broke they
ain't gonna fix it any time soon either.
The Jewish folks own the ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY FOR THE MOST PART and
have for a very long time, Music & Film and Theater, and have become
very successful in promoting many excellent Jewish artist to Super
Would be an interesting set of numbers to see, And unlike our good
friend a Elazar who moved back to Israel and now controls the DIXIELAND
MARKET there :))
If all of the Jewish population around the world suddenly sold their
holdings and emptied their bank accounts and moved back to Israel boy
would Israel be in big trouble, me thinks anyway. housing shortage
big time, maybe. I have a better idea however, why don't we invite
them to move Israel to Utah and get peace in the mid east.
Tom "Ebeneezer" Wigginstein
I wanna be Jewish but I have not made enough money yet, :))
From: Steve barbone <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
To: DJML <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Wed, 07 Dec 2005 10:05:53 -0500
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Jewish Rap - OFF TOPIC - but relates to music
OFF TOPIC EXCEPT FOR THE MESSAGE. PHILLISTINES, DELETE NOW!!!
Music, whether jazz or hip-hop rap has always been about the "Message"
relates to younger generations. And so rap flourishes while jazz rests.
Perhaps those New Orleans Hip-Hoppers cited in posts yesterday should be
embraced by jazzers? Could the resultant Jazz-Hop be a unifying force
resonates with the young?
Makes one wish he was 16 again and ready to get serious in the music
business. :-) VBG.
Jewish Hip - Hop Artists Rap on Torah, Chanukah
By REUTERS - December 7, 2005
NEW YORK (Reuters) - They have baggy clothing, backward baseball caps,
``bling bling'' and racy lyrics. And these days, rappers sometimes wear
Hip-hop music, which grew out of black inner cities, isn't typically
associated with Jews, but as the genre has grown more popular, some
artists have embraced it as their own, while transcending theological
New York-based Hip Hop Hoodios, whose name is a play on the Spanish
Jews, is a Latino-Jewish group that has recorded in English, Spanish and
Hebrew. Their lyrics include such sardonic lines as: ``My nose is
you know I'm in charge.''
A popular 26-year-old Hasidic singer, Matisyahu, raps in a brimmed hat
dark suit over reggae beats. ``Torah food for my brain let it rain till
drown, Thunder! Let the blessings come down,'' he says in ``King
Crown.'' The growing genre has also seen artists like Remedy collaborate
with mainstream acts like Wu-Tang Clan.
``It's very much a representation of the cooperative state of Jewish and
black relations today,'' said Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the
Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, chaired by hip-hop impresario
Simmons. ``I view cooperation, not conflict, as the defining element.''
While some commentators still see rifts between American blacks and
many agree that relations have improved greatly. At the same time,
has gone mainstream.
Experts said hip-hop can appeal to audiences of diverse backgrounds,
including Jews, while still maintaining its authenticity.
``It's impossible to separate this phenomenon from a move by Jews in
late teens to late 30s to explicitly identify themselves as Jews in
popular culture,'' said Joel Schalit, managing editor of Tikkun
who personally likes two Israeli Hebrew-language artists -- Sagol 59 and
``What might be new is that more artists are emphasizing their
their content and marketing.''
An example: Chutzpah, comprised of two suburban New York natives and a
Angeles actor, whose first single from a self-titled CD and
is ``Chanukah's Da Bomb.''
50 SHEKEL, MESHUGGE KNIGHT
``A lot of people think because 'Chanukah's Da Bomb' is the single,
Jewish people,'' said the group's 44-year-old dreadlocked member, David
Scharff. ``It's like saying Woody Allen is for Jewish people. It's for
Formed by music producer Tor Hyams, Chutzpah even enlisted 71-year-old
veteran actor George Segal as ``Dr. Dreck,'' its ''coordinator.''
``The lyrics are quite solid and informative, as well as witty, sharp
funny,'' Segal said in a phone interview. ''That's what makes it work.''
Chutzpah treads the line between seriousness and satire. Parody acts in
Jewish hip-hop have been common. Among them, 50 Shekel was a takeoff on
Cent. M.O.T. was managed by Meshugge Knight, a takeoff on Suge Knight.
Live Jews featured Dr. Dreidle and Ice Berg.
``If you're looking for a tale of 'gangsta' life, Jewish hip-hop might
be the place to start,'' said Alana Newhouse, arts and culture editor
``The best Jewish hip-hop artists plumb serious elements of Jewish
but all are creating a new way to tell the story of Jewish experience.''
Beastie Boys are the most commercially successful Jewish rap act, and
only one to achieve mainstream success. But it was only recently that
Jewish backgrounds began to be reflected in their lyrics.
Rabbi Schneier said Jewish hip-hop can resonate with non-Jewish
including many with similar views in other areas.
``Jews view themselves as a minority when it comes to issues of race and
changing demographics, and on many questions their responses are
to those of African-American and Latino respondents,'' Schneier said.
``Hip-hop is a unifying force that resonates with young people.''
In the video for ``Chanukah's Da Bomb,'' Chutzpah cruises town in a
with a roof-mounted menorah and raps that Chanukah, ``whichever way you
spell it,'' is better than Christmas because it lasts seven days longer.
``Humor (is) one of the only things the Jews had when they were being
oppressed for century after century,'' Hyams said.
``The only difference between us and any other hip-hop group is that
don't say their religions before they say they're a hip-hop group,'' he
continued. ``We say it because we're proud of it.''
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