In episode 2 Mike spends the day with Ohad Cohen who as a secular teenager was a part of the nascent Israeli rap scene but is now fully immersed in the ultra orthodox Jewish community . He still has high hopes of making it as a rapper though.

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“How can we co-exist when one side doesn’t exist?” Welcome to Noisey Israel Palestine: Hip Hop in the Holy Land. After Noisey Atlanta, Noisey Jamaica, and Noisey Chiraq comes a series hosted and co-directed by Mike Skinner that takes the temperature of the rap scene in Israel and Palestine. In Episode 1 Mike […]

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Foreign Policy Magazine is what one picks up in order to get well written, informative and insightful articles about international politics. What I never expected was a similarly great article about A-WA, an Israeli band made up of three second generation Yemeni sisters who sing in contemporary, beat-inflected Arabic: From the shisha-smoking old lady with […]

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Had Bob Marley been alive he would have been 70 this year. A group of Israelis got together and in celebration of this auspicious anniversary, did a completely a Capella version of Marley’s “Could you be Love.” The results are remarkable! And almost hypnotic – I’m not kidding when I say that I have watched […]

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This video features Dave Foley from Kids in the Hall fame as a Nazi singer. He and his Fascist friends get the shit kicked out of them. The music is a track called “Red, White and Black” by a band called Off!. The band, and their latest album “Wasted Years” are described as follows: “Searingly […]

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Republica was formed in the 90s and is still active. Crystal Lake are an Israeli act fronted by Alex Moerman and Paul Gorbulski. This track is a remix of Republica’s 1996 hit “Ready to Go” in the duo’s signature Hard Dance style. Rated “HU” for “HANDZUP MOTHERFUCKERS!” – the song features a hot car, booze, […]

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Israelis of all stripes and persuasions lip dub to Matisyahu’s hit song “Sunshine.” The video is gorgeous, goofy and earnest – a side of Israelis you don’t see much of in the daily news. Enjoy!

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Simja Dujov is simply one of the more exciting and original Jewish artists performing Jewish music today. Sure, Time Magazine didn’t include him in their Rock Hashana: 10 Stars of the New Jewish Music – but Time is about as hip as Reader’s Digest. Or TV Guide, and their Reform Summer Camp inspired list is […]

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Jewish rappers visiting a synagogue is not an uncommon thing. Drake did it in HYFR and LD did it in All K. Of course Lil Dicky threw in some gang bangers munching on Matza and sippin’ Manischewitz and all kinds of serious Israeli-flag assisted twerking. And the lyrics? Mostly your standard […]

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Lil Dicky. Oh Lil Dicky. You may not know who this kike from the suburbs of Philly is, yet, but I’m sure you will. This video, titled “Jewish Flow,” where he has a sort of rap battle with Hitler, beats some SS thugs in a game of 2 on 1 playground basketball, frolics with a […]

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