3 Jewish Stereotypes in Rap That Are Played Out

Seeing as I’m Jewish and today is Rosh Hashana (I’ll save you a Google search—it’s the Jewish new year), I figured I’d talk something Judaism-related here. Add the fact that J. Cole’s “Villematic” has already hopped in rotation as one of my favorite songs right now, and I decided to touch on some lyrical references to Judaism in hip-hop. They pop up every now and then, and my only real complaint is that we (hip-hop) aren’t creative enough with these yet. Cheap… Rich… Lawyers… That’s about the extent of it.

So for the (Jewish) New Year, let’s step our game up, and have the next reference to Jews or Judaism be a little more creative. This might mean that there’s gonna have to be some studying of the Talmud or the Book of Job to really bring out the best, but I think someone’s got it in ‘em.

So the most overused Jewish stereotypes in hip-hop no particular order…

Being Cheap:

In Cole’s recent demolition of Kanye’s latest leak, he touches on arguably the most commonly used stereotype.

“Talk is cheap it’s like y’all grew up in a Jewish home/Pardon the stereotype”

You’re pardoned, Jermaine. Props for the attempted political correctness—not that that’s ever been necessary or normal in hip-hop. And I don’t think it was here, either. But I’ll take it.

Being Rich:

Jadakiss on “It’s All About The Benjamins.” I’ve always been confused by why this gets bleeped out on many versions of the track. When I was younger I thought this was a reference to pyramid building when the Jewish people were enslaved in Egypt. But I don’t think so, I think it’s about stacking chips.

“We see through, that’s why nobody never gon’ believe you/You should do what we do, stack chips like Hebrews.”

Being Lawyers:

In one of his multiple references to Judaism on American Gangster (L’chaim), Jay gets at his Jewish lawyer on “No Hook” to make sure he keeps his money straight.

“Holla at my Jewish lawyer/To enjoy the fruit of lettin’ my cash stack.”

There are, of course, the occasional varied references but, for the most part, this is where it’s at. Drake used Yiddish in “Goin In For Life,” and that’s pretty creative, but he’s half Jewish so I’m not gonna count that.

While we’re at it, one of the best songs digging at stereotypes is Louis Logic’s “The Ugly Truth.” Shouts to George Bush. —Adam Fleischer

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  • Da Illest

    Pretty funny article. There have been some influential Jewish folk in hip-hop like Beastie Boys, Rick Rubin and Lyor Cohen. I will like to see the day when a Palestinian rapper/Jewish rapper make a track together. Oh wait, we have Drake, Asher Roth with DJ Khaled. Make it happen fellas!

    • 6 100

      Whenever you say something remotely anti-Semitic, you have to have the disclaimer:

      No Shlomo

  • http://www.AWKWORDrap.com AWKWORD

    The stereotypes are definitely played out. Props for commenting on this truth… Now, note this: The Jewish Rapper/Revolutionary is here! http://bit.ly/ThePeoplesChamp_HHC

  • jonny bizness

    That bink beat has kept on swirling in my head for the last 5 days that shit is classic!!!. But what about the nas line off hiphop is dead “the jewish stick together friends in high places we on some low level shit we don’t want niggaz to ever win” That’s some real shit the crabs in the barrel mentality

  • AK

    Aint no jews built no cotdamn pyramids cotdamnit, that dumb ass theory was debunked in the 60s!



  • dat koon nigga

    drake was made by the kosher kikes in the record business

    • 6 100

      no shlomo

  • El Tico Loco

    MC Serch, Ill Bill, Necro, Remedy,and if I’m not mistaken Eon and Mighty Mi are jewish too and all of them would eat Drake alive, all relevance aside cuz I already know that’s what ya’ll gonna say.

  • yeah man

    The Jews did not build the pyramids… Jewish culture has done enough good in the world not to have to perpetuate that myth and misappropriate the African cultural legacy. Otherwise, I hear you – there are a few other stereotypes I’d like to see fade from hip Hop as well.

  • RAHrah

    As a young jew myself, I can say that there are certainly a lot of Jewish Lawyers. Shit my mom and cousins are lawyers. It’s just the truth.


  • El Tico Loco

    You know what? I wish my people had the same stereotypes jewish people have. So what are you complaining about? For real man. So what if people assume you’re a rich pennypinching attorney? my people gotta deal with “watch him he might steal” type shit or or “Check his papers”. Note I’m also half Black (2nd gen Jamaican) so that’s another can of worms.

  • williano from ct

    im a italian emcee,

    i respect the jews and there teachings

    though i believe jesus is the messiah

    i also studie there religion and islam

    we are all connected

    this artical was dope

    check out my music http://www.myspace.com/willianosantoro peep my track called the holy war

    • Phi dat Dro

      You need to study spelling

    • wop killer

      ^ stupid dago calls himself an italian emcee?
      what the fuck do you rap about? the jersey shores, being hairy or having big noses?
      shut the fuck up and learn how to spell before you attempt to sound deep by bringing in religion.

      • http://elmattic.podbean.com elmattic

        No giacomo.

  • j

    Well… like a sore peter, you just can’t beat a good stereotype!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phG6rEp1wZU Tha Handyman

    all i gotta say is Matisyahu go hard, idk why he’s never appreciated on here. I’m Christian, but the guy delivers some good messages.

  • Q461

    Matisyahu is dope, would love to hear him do a song with some dope MC. Also Beastie Boys, Remedy, MC Serch and Drake reppin for the Jews in hip-hop. Shyne converted and is said to be going around Central America to different temples and stuff so you know he’s serious about it. Lots of execs too, Paul Rosenberg, Lyor Cohen, Alan Grunblatt from Koch Steve Rifkind. Production side there’s Rick Rubin, Scott Storch and J.R Rotem who is half Israeli. So yeah Jews been doin it in hip-hop for a minute, although I don’ think Asher Roth is Jewish.

    @ Da Illest
    By the way there is a song with Remedy and a Palestininan MC named Cilvaringz and RZA called ” A Muslim and a Jew”

  • Q461

    Also Ill Bill and Necro for the underground. and Miri Ben Ari the Israeli hip-hop violinist…shorty is mad cute too. Did songs with Kanye, Fab, Styles P, Scarface etc

  • young adolf

    how much does holly cost? 6 million

    man, the fucking jews are always bitching about everything.
    that’s why people make fun of you in the first place.
    shut the fuck up already.
    it could be much worst. so what if people think you’re cheap and good with money? boo fucking hoo.
    you’re fortunate that this article didn’t touch on how non athletic you guys are. or how you all have big fucking noses.
    stop bitching about jewish stereotypes. niggers, spics, and chinks have it much worse.
    go bitch to moses about your problems and stay the fuck away from rap.

  • Dub

    “Oh no, there’s a stereotype that I’m rich, successful, and cheap! What am I gonna do with my life?” Tired of bitchin ass white people. I’d trade the stigmatisms Jews have with the ones niggas have easy. I swear white people won’t be satisfied until they run the world. Oh wait…

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    I’ma start calling these types of blogs “dry snitch talk”.

    Clown ass fools get on here typing all type of racial sh^t cause they feel safe at home anonymous to talk reckless, not even knowing their slurs are flagging their IP.

    Then I see the author of this blog stating Jewish people built the pyramids, yet I see cats laughing at Shyne for channeling his inner Hebrew. Cats don’t know the difference.

    Yet I ask this same question, that I have asked before on here to no avail…where is this place called Caucasia at on the world map that you guys claim is your racial origin and birthplace? Where is this historic landmark, country or continent of constituents? All I have ever seen is mountains with this name.

    People usually hate the next man because they hate themselves. Proven fact.

    • SmokinAces

      The concept of a Caucasian race or Varietas Caucasia was developed around 1800 by Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, a German scientist and classical anthropologist.[4][4] Blumenbach named it after the peoples of the Caucasus (from the Caucasus region), whom he considered to be the archetype for the grouping.[5] He based his classification of the Caucasian race primarily on craniology.

      Blumenbach wrote:
      “Caucasian variety – I have taken the name of this variety from Mount Caucasus, both because its neighborhood, and especially its southern slope, produces the most beautiful race of men, I mean the Georgian; and because all physiological reasons converge to this, that in that region, if anywhere, it seems we ought with the greatest probability to place the autochthones (birth place) of mankind.”

      I wonder if people really want knowledge or just wanna be smart asses sometimes. All it took me was a quick search.

      • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

        “Where is this historic landmark, country or continent of constituents? All I have ever seen is mountains with this name.”

        “Blumenbach named it after the peoples of the Caucasus (from the Caucasus region), whom he considered to be the archetype for the grouping”

        “have taken the name of this variety from Mount Caucasus”

        So how could I be a smart ass when you just verified exactly what I typed? There is no continent, or country called Caucasia. Only a mountainous area (Caucasus Mountains), that was inhabited by a race of people.

        “He based his classification of the Caucasian race primarily on craniology”

        ^ so the size of their skulls gave them the attribute?


        “that in that region, if anywhere, it seems we ought with the greatest probability to place the autochthones (birth place) of mankind.”

        ^ straight hogwash right there. I don’t think you read this fully.

  • Caino

    ^^^^^ on point !!

    People need to take a step back from all this religion carry on and start to focus on people being people. Religion is a distraction. A distraction to force segragation and to start war, a distraction for power, a distraction to what we all are – HUMAN !

    where’s my blunt at?

  • dcmc

    “…i heat it it turns blue-ish/n it glues to a tight wad the pyrex is jewish”

    -clipse on hell hath no fury…

    • 6 100

      No shlomo, son. No shlomo

  • SmokinAces

    All I hear is crying kid. There are a lot worse stereotypes that you could have.

  • Israeli

    Israelis and Palestinians have made a hip hop track together as far back as 2001 !

    Try to find it:

    Sagol 59 ft. Tamer Nafar & Shanan Streett -”Summit Meeting”

    (off Sagol 59′s seminal “Where did we go wrong?” album, Fact Records 2001)