In the fifth episode of Hip Hop in the Holy Land, our host Mike Skinner spends the day with local celebrity Saz who is a rapper, actor and in his words, the first Palestinian / Arab / Middle Eastern sex symbol. Saz is from Ramla, where this episode was shot. We get to hear Saz […]

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On The Avenue of the Stars in Los Angeles, a special social experiment took place on National TV. Jimmy Kimmel asked Spongebob Squarepants to pretend to fall. Unable to get up, they wanted to see what would happen and how long it would take for passers by to help him up. In the more than […]

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I can’t say I know what’s going on here exactly. I know Kosha Dillz shot this video on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles in front of MexiKosher – an actually really good by any standard Mexican burrito joint. I know the lead latina dancer woman is wearing a Star of David pendant. Then there’s a […]

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Matt Barr is the founder of Bible Raps “a non-profit born from Matt’s desire to engage his Hebrew School classes on a deeper and more contemporary level than the way they were being taught at the time. After being turned on to Torah learning while on a Livnot trip to Israel in 2006, Bar launched […]

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First they invited him to perform. Then, they uninvited him. Then they invited him back and sure enough, he rocked out the main stage of the Rototom Sunsplash Reggae Festival despite the presence of flag-waving protesters – some of whom threw bottles on the stage. But what happened exactly? Well, under pressure from Valencia BDS, […]

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Aryeh Canter sent us this video. Up until about a week ago, Aryeh was my neighbor. He was a fixture of the neighborhood and it seemed any time I’d step out of my apartment – there was Aryeh with a smile and a greeting. Now he left us to pursue academics in New York and […]

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The Living Wells is made up of “two students of wisdom on a quest to revolutionize music and the world. With a dynamic blend of powerful melodies and profound hip-hop lyrics, this team will capture your heart while energizing your soul.” Moshe Friedman and Rick Fox look like the kinds of Ba’al Tshuvah Yeshiva students […]

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Jewlicious reports: Matisyahu made a statement on Facebook addressing the scandal that has emerged after the organizers of the Rototom Sunsplash Reggae Festival cancelled his appearance there: “The festival organizers contacted me because they were getting pressure from the BDS movement. They wanted me to write a letter, or make a video, stating my positions […]

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Matisyahu was set to perform at the Rototom Sunsplash Reggae Festival in Spain when something odd happened. Apparently, the event director, Filippo Giunta, asked the singer on Thursday to issue a “signing statement or video” that expressed in a “very clear” way that Palestinians are entitled to their own state. This was occasioned by other […]

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In episode 4 of Hip Hop in the Holy Land, Mike travels to the Tel Aviv compound of mythical rapper Subliminal, the first to rap in Hebrew and achieve big commercial success with it, and whose political views still divide rap fans. Mike also drops in to watch popular rap radio show Jigga Juice being […]

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