BLOG: The Jewish Street Cred Report

The tribe has been getting a lot of love from the hip-hop world lately. It’s arguable, but in my opinion it all started off when Mr. Trendsetter himself, Jay-Z, kicked things off on “Roc Boys,” spitting those oh so unforgettable lines: “Rich ni**as/Black Bar Mitzvahs/ Mazel Tov, it’s a celebration bitches/L’chaim/I wish you a hundred years of success, but’s it’s our time.”

Sure, it’s definitely still Jigga’s time, but the Jews are also becoming a hot topic on these streets too son, word to Whoopi Goldberg. So in honor of the newfound acknowledgement, I put together a little list, a guide if you will, rating on a scale of one to five of how Jew-friendly these rappers really are.

No disrespect to all the card carrying members—jew know Drake, the Beastie Boys, MC Serch, etc— but we all already know your credit score. —Jesse Gissen

Cam’ron – The Dipset Don has a long, storied relationship with the chosen people. Whether he’s writing TV scripts based on Curb You Enthusiasm, posing on the cover of his short-lived magazine Platinum Entrepreneur with former Jewish partner-in-crime Alan Grunblatt, or shoutin’ out the “yentas” on YouTube, Killa Cam is a Kosher as they come, you shmohawks.

Asher Roth –Although born to a Jewish father, young Ash was raised Christian. Nonetheless, it seems as if a little Yiddish snuck into the suburban sensation’s vernacular, as witnessed by this freestyle on Funkmaster Flex. “I know I’ll eventually be ahead of the men who/Be venting over an instrumental/But I’ll be a mensch/(A good man)/Step away when you still can/It’s me and Funk Flex to the rescue.”

[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/funk-flex-freestyle-mp3.mp3]

Rza – Appearing alongside Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen in Judd Apatow’s Funny People, is like the hip-hop equivalent of appearing on a remix with Lil Wayne and Kanye or getting caught on gun charges. We see you, baby.

Fat Joe – Oh you didn’t know, this fat shlub ain’t 7:30, he’s “Meshugana.” He also lives in Miami, so that’s gotta count for something…

Jay Electronica – Erykah Badu’s former boo recently revealed his new alias on the Just Blaze-produced cut “Exhibit C.” Apparently they call him “Jay ElectHannukah” and “Jay ElectYarmulke.” But don’t get too excited, he also goes by “JayElectRamadan Muhammad Asalaamica RasoulAllah Supana Watallah.”

[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/exhibit-c-radio-rip.mp3]

Soulja Boy - On his new song with half Hebrew hearthbrob Drizzy Drake, the ATL rapper spits, “I just got a new deal, and I ain’t talking pickle…” Not only was that a clever usage of his southern accent, that just put SB on the radar. Pickles and money, what’s more Jewish than that?

Q-Tip – On his mixtape with J. Period, The [Abstract] Best, the Tribe Called Quest frontman admits his Yiddish faux-pas on “What?” “Kapelka,” come on Tip, Mark Ronson shoulda schooled your ass. Plus what you talkin’ bout lewis, geflite fish is delicious.

[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/1-42-behind-the-scenes_-what-is-kapelka_-1.mp3]

Russell Simmons – Uncle Russ knows that having Jewish friends is good for business. (Just ask Lyor Cohen and Rick Rubin). So much so that the OG hip-hop entrepreneur has personally gone on a mission to help “end” anti-semitism. Call me cynical but something smells fishy.

Wale –for the Seinfeld reference alone…One star for you!

Bonus: The recently deported Shyne is more Jewish than anyone on this list—even this guy.  Peep the tallis. Respeck!

  • beaver

    gayy postt..suckk ass..

    • Chris S

      yeah this is pretty retarded

  • ChRi$

    Wale –for the Seinfeld reference alone…One star for you!

    LOL

    • westcoastaggie

      It is a creative mixtape thou. I liked it.

  • FlapJack

    Who wrote this?

  • jayele1

    What the hell was the point of this post? Wow, Black people and jews are friends – big deal.

  • El Tico Loco

    Drake the ATL rapper? SMH

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  • D

    Just for the record – Shyne’s rockin tzitzit, not a talis. Step your research game up.

    • jesse

      And what are the Tzitzit connected too Mr. Shulman…

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    Blog throwaway…

  • beeyo

    Fuckin article sucks. I want my 2 minutes back. Ugh.

  • http://stylelikeu.com SAM

    There is going to be a video interview with Rza posted on Stylelikeu.com on sunday talking about everything from where he got his name to his biggest accomplishments.

  • NT

    what a stupid article. fail.

  • latino heat

    that freestyle was the only thing i’ve ever heard from Asher besides I Love College. i see why everyone called him a fake Eminem.

    Funny People was the complete opposite of funny.

    raise your hand if your surprised that we never saw Cam’Ron’s Curb Your Enthusiasm show.

  • Mike

    The Jay Z and Russel PSA was one of the ignorant videos I’ve seen in my life. Someone should inform the two of them that Arabs are semites. So is it antisemitc when Israelis destroy Palestinan homes in East Jerusalem? Is it antisemitc when people try to denigrate Obama by calling him a Arab, as if there is something wrong with being a Arab?

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  • Brooklyn

    co-sign mike, arabs are semites, and the irony is that jews have monopolized the term “anti-semite” when the majority of jews have no semitic blood running through their veins or so little from so far back that it doesn’t even count. but for the author, have you ever considered that this “jew-friendliness” of which you speak comes from the fact that jews own most of the record labels and other outlets of media? perhaps it isn’t friendliness per se, more than it’s a business relationship that exists because to be publicly anti-jew is basically to ether your career.

    • HeebHop

      The Jews are the same people today as in the days of the first second temple. There were 12 tribes, they could have each been of different race for all you know. There is plenty of proof of jewish geneology. Most important is the Kohen gene which is carried through the father.These are the descendents of Aaron and the high priest which happen to be white and dark skinned. So clearly you dont know what your talking about. All the research is out there, plenty of studies have been done and show that these white Jews you talk about that have been kicked out there homeland and forced into diaspora have middle eastern genes. Of course there have been people that converted to Judaism throughout history. But your claim does not hold up. Because of geneology and middle eastern genes among the russian and eurpean jews you speak of.

      We are definately semites.And by the way the term antisemitism refers exclusively to Jews not with any other semite people.

      You have been served

  • YOM

    @BROOKLYN,
    As a fellow Brooklynite I’m glad to see you pointed out the truth.
    The ORIGINAL HEBREW/ISREALITES were of a darker hue and we would call them black.
    The cats the run alot of the industry are European jews.Judaism is a religion anyway not a race.
    You can be a MUSLIM of any race just like you can be a CHRISTIAN of any race.
    At least whoever wrote this added SHYNE to his pointlessness!!!
    SHEM WAS A BLACK MAN,FROM AFRICA/IF YOU REPEAT THIS FACT,THEY CAN’T LAUGH AT YA’//

    • Brooklyn

      “Judaism is a religion anyway not a race.” exactly, and the fact that people calling the disliking of jews “anti-semitism” is erroneous, because most jews are not semites, but all arabs are. and the original jews most likely looked like the ancient egyptians, light to dark brown skinned people with curly to kinky hair. yeah, but the shyne thing tripped me out, i heard of dudes becoming muslim in jail, but i’ve never heard of a dude becoming a jew.

      • FlapJack

        “The ORIGINAL HEBREW/ISREALITES were of a darker hue and we would call them black.
        The cats the run alot of the industry are European jews.”

        I’ve heard this before and it never really made sense to me because the gene that gives you black skin is dominant to others, so they wouldn’t turn white (greyish?) over time.

        Are European jews convertet?

        Enlighten me, please

        • Brooklyn

          the original jews were semites, meaning that they were darker skinned peoples, of the same complexion as the ancient egyptians, ranging from light brown to dark brown, like black people today. during the 1st century b.c., around the time that jesus was born, the romans conquered palestine and ruled israel as a satellite nation. in the years after christ’s death, the romans extended their control over palestine and the jews there rebelled. the romans retaliated by taking all of the jews out of palestine, exiling them throughout the roman empire, and importing romans to settle palestine. the jews call that the diaspora. so, the original dark skinned semitic jews ended up in italy, spain, france, portugal, greece, north africa, arabia, and romania. a lot of them later converted to christianity and intermarried with the romans, and some later became muslims and intermarried with the arabs.

          the jews that ended up in romania converted slavic and german peoples, who later settled in russia, poland, germany, latvia, ukraine, and the rest of eastern europe. these jews were called ashkenazi, because that was the hebrew name for germany. the remaining jews in the mediterranean, mostly in spain, portugal, and north africa were called sephardic, because sepharad was the hebrew name for spain. those jews intermarried with spaniards, portuguese, arabs, turks, italians, and other mediterranean people.

          today, the majority of jews have little to no semitic blood because they intermarried with caucasian europeans for the last two thousand years. that’s why you see jews with blond hair and blue eyes, because they’re of caucasian blood, not semitic. there are semitic jews in israel and the middle east, and some in spain, italy, turkey, north africa and portugal have semitic blood, but most of them do not, so calling a person who dislikes jews an anti-semite is wrong because most jews are not semites.

          “because the gene that gives you black skin is dominant to others, so they wouldn’t turn white (greyish?) over time. ”

          over time, if a black family constantly reproduces with caucasians, they will eventually become lighter and lighter until they no longer appear black. the original semitic darker skinned jews intermarried with europeans for over two thousand years, there’s no way in the hell that they’d still look black after all these years.

        • FlapJack

          aaah. Semi-tes. got it. good looks

          So the T.I’s have nothing to do with Israel except for religion and some ancestors from 2000 years ago.

        • Brooklyn

          pretty much, and only a few of them have those ancestors. most t.i’s are german, hungarian, polish, russian, dutch, or some other kind of northern or eastern european.

    • Chilly Willy

      Kudos to all my brothers spitting the truth!

      One thing though, Yom. Actually, the name Sem from which semite comes is from the names of Noah’s sons, you know, with the arch. The first-born was Sem (who was supposed to have fathered middle-eastern and especially arabs and israelites, notice OG israelites not polish or german jewish). The second was Cham (who was supposed to have fathered the Chamites, essentially blacks). And the third would be Japhet (who give us pretty much what’s left, biblical genetics ain’t all that). Those words (semites, chamites, etc) were used before a more scientifically-inclined and accurate genetical research to classify anthropological origins.

      In any event, fuck anyone who’d think they’re the chosen one, and since I’m not I’m a piece of shit. FUCK THEM !!!
      Those sensible enough not to call up the media everytime someone looked at them wrong, kudos.

      • $ykotic/Don McCaine

        @ Brooklyn/YOM/Chilly Willy

        *Peter Griffin voice*

        YEAH!

  • john k.

    This is mad offensive. Using Jewish stars as a rating system? Did a Jew even write this? Have some fucking respect, it’s a religion, not a joke.

  • ApolloKid551

    I hope people see this site, now u see that who really runs hip-hop & its not black men its jews, now wen u say jews run hip-hop they get mad & upset but now its out, i hope nigga get a clue & realize that black artist are still slaves in the music genre we created wat a sad day hip-hop is certainly dead…

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    Seriously guys, you guys are just bitting off of Complex…. and doing a terrible job at it.

  • Elijah

    Yo… RZA should get a few more than that. Anyone remember Wu-affiliate Remedy?

    Probably not…

  • O-H-I-O

    @ Brooklyn

    So with everything you said, perhaps some features we commonly associate with Jewish people, such as darker hair, darker eyes, slightly darker complexion, when compared with Anglo-saxon descended folks, can be traced back to their roots as a basically dark-skinned people?

    I don’t think it’s fair to say that the anti-Jewish/anti-Semite synonymous word association is erroneous because, over all those thousands of years since the diaspora, they have retained some characteristics of their appearance in the time before and immediately after Christ. Because we cannot forget that Jewish families have traditionally been completely opposed to miscegenation outside of Jewry (yes, I have always believed that they are a race)…so to claim that the Jewish gene pool from Christ’s time is so depleted that “anti-Semite” is a misnomer is kind of stretching a historical trend much farther than it’s actually gone, IMO.

    Got mad respect for your intensive research and well-explained post though, props my dude.

  • O-H-I-O

    @ Brooklyn

    So with everything you said, perhaps some features we commonly associate with Jewish people, such as darker hair, darker eyes, slightly darker complexion, when compared with Anglo-saxon descended folks, can be traced back to their roots as a basically dark-skinned people?

    I don’t think it’s fair to say that the anti-Jewish/anti-Semite synonymous word association is erroneous because, over all those thousands of years since the diaspora, they have retained some characteristics of their appearance in the time before and immediately after Christ. Because we cannot forget that Jewish families have traditionally been completely opposed to miscegenation outside of Jewry (yes, I have always believed that they are a race)…so to claim that the Jewish gene pool from Christ’s time is so depleted that “anti-Semite” is a misnomer is kind of stretching a historical trend much farther than it’s actually gone, IMO.

    Got mad respect for your intensive research and well-explained post though, props my dude..

  • boom

    The original Jews are not black. They were semitic similar to arabs. And ancient egyptians were not black either. That’s something American blacks made up for some bizarre reason. Probably to compensate for having been removed from their original african culture. And it is commonly brought up by so-called “black hebrew israelites” and people like louis farrakhan who distort and make up history for racist reasons. Regardless of how many black people repeat it, it is known to any legitimate scholar to be false. But you can pick up lot’s of books about Jewish history, Jews are one of the earliest documented civilizations. Don’t take history lessons from rap blogs or youtube comment sections and don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Black people you have your own rich culture from Africa, please do not try to steal someone else’s. It is extremely disrespectful. Judaism is a great religion, if you want to convert to it then you can do so formally. Please stop this nonsense. You would not like it if I claimed Africans stole all of their culture from someone else. Have some respect for other groups of people if you expect any for yours.

  • david

    your opinion is garbage…jews been in hiphop music since the begining

  • jewnoalaska

    should’ve big upped necro and ill bill…but then again it’s xxl, and none of thse dukes is jewish.

  • Brooklyn

    @o-h-i-o, no doubt that the darker features could have come from that semitic heritage, but spaniards, italians, greeks, portuguese, and people from southern france are darker skinned with dark curly hair and dark eyes and aren’t semites. these features could have just as easily come from them. i’m not saying that there are no jews with semitic ancestry, a good deal of the jews in israel and most of the jews of the middle east are of semitic descent. i’m just saying that most of them don’t have it, or have so little that to call disliking them anti-semitism is wrong, when the majority of semitic people are not jews. and jews have intermarried on a large scale in the past, especially in the mediterranean. most spaniards and portuguese people have some jewish blood from these medieval unions. and the jews aren’t a “race” because judaism is a religion and there are jews of the negro, caucasian, and asian races.

    @boom, no one’s trying to steal anything homie, fall back. you claim that saying the original jews were black is us trying to steal jewish culture, but at the same time you say that ancient egyptians weren’t black. but on the real, if we’re to take jewish history into account, the jews, the semites, were descended from noah’s son sem. the blacks, the hamites, were descended from his brother ham. so, if ham and sem were brothers, how could one have black children and the other have non-black children? did they not have the same parents? trust and believe dude, i’m very well read, in european and african history, i know my shit, this isn’t some wikipedia shit i’m talking, this is from reading mad books on the subject by authors both jew and gentile, white and black. and i don’t know if you’ve ever seen any egyptian art, but their depictions of their people resemble african-american people much more than they do elizabeth taylor, i can tell you that much.

  • IndyKid

    Dudes, it’s just supposed to be funny and entertaining. Quit freakin out about how dumb the post is. It’s not like you didn’t know what the post was gonna be when it was titled ‘The JEWISH Street Cred Report’.

    chill ya’ll

    Indy

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    Very awesome post! Honestly!

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