Category:Jewish hip hop groups
Pages in category "Jewish hip hop groups"
The following 15 pages are in this category, out of 15 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 15 pages are in this category, out of 15 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Balkan Beat Box – Balkan Beat Box is an Israeli musical group founded by Tamir Muskat, Ori Kaplan and now including Tomer Yosef as a core member. The group plays Mediterranean-influenced music that incorporates Jewish, Eastern Europe and Middle Eastern traditions, Gypsy punk, reggae, as a musical unit they often collaborate with a host of other musicians both in the studio as well as live. Co-founders Ori Kaplan and Firewaters member Tamir Muskat both met in Brooklyn, New York, NY as teenagers, both had grown up with music, Kaplan had been a klezmer clarinetist, while Muskat was a drummer in a punk rock band. They established their own unique sound by fusing the musical styles of Mediterranean and Balkan traditions with hip hop and they cite Boban Marković, Rachid Taha, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Manu Chao, and Charlie Parker amongst their musical influences. The group was influenced by Jamaican dub. In December 2006, the acclaimed artist from Tel Aviv Tomer Yosef became frontman for the group, Balkan Beat Box’s self-titled first album and their 2007 follow-up album Nu Med both received global acclaim. While their first album focused more on Mediterranean sounds, their second album included Arabic, the song Bulgarian Chicks from their first album became popular in clubs and dancehalls in 2008. The group released Blue Eyed Black Boy in 2010 and Give in 2012, regarded as the godfathers of global bass by MTV Iggy, the band continued to expand their sound incorporating electronic dance music, reggae, cumbia, and brass bands into their tracks. Blue Eyed Black Boy was recorded in Romania with the Jovica Ajderevic Orkestar brass band, key tracks are Dancing with the Moon, Move It, Blue Eyed Black Boy, and War Again as harbinger of things to come. The album Give was influenced by the Arab Spring, Occupy movements, spin Magazine dubbed the band a global peace-keeping mission you can dance to. The bands popular song Bulgarian Chicks was sampled by Mac Miller in the Diplo-produced track Goosebumpz in Spring 2013, later Bulgarian Chicks was also sampled in Sis, Trompeta. In 2014, the Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis sampled the song Adir Adirim from Balkan Beat Boxs eponymous album for the track Mr. Toot and this track debuted as part of the fourth season of their show I kveld med YLVIS. Their song featured in EA Sports FIFA game series such as Ramallah-Tel Aviv featuring Tomer Yosef and Saz from album Nu Made in FIFA10
2. Beastie Boys – The Beastie Boys were an American hip hop group from New York City, formed in 1981. For the majority of their career, the group consisted of Michael Mike D Diamond, Adam MCA Yauch, Berry left shortly thereafter, and was replaced by Horovitz. They toured with Madonna in 1985 and a year released their debut album Licensed to Ill. With seven platinum or better albums from 1986 to 2004, the Beastie Boys were one of the hip hop acts worldwide. In 2009, they released digitally remastered editions of their albums Pauls Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication. Their eighth studio album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, was released in 2011, and received positive reviews. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012, just the third rap group to enter the Hall, after Run–D. M. C. and Grandmaster Flash, the following month, MCA died of cancer of the parotid salivary gland. In June 2014, Mike D confirmed that he and Ad-Rock would not continue the Beastie Boys, prior to forming the Beastie Boys, Michael Diamond was part of a number of bands such as the Walden Jazz Band, BAN and The Young Aborigines. The band supported Bad Brains, the Dead Kennedys, the Misfits and Reagan Youth at venues such as CBGB, A7, Trudy Hellers Place and Maxs Kansas City, playing at the latter venue on its closing night. In November 1982 the Beastie Boys recorded the 7 EP Polly Wog Stew at 171A studios, on November 13,1982, the Beastie Boys played Philip Puccis birthday for the purposes of his short concert film of the Beastie Boys, Beastie. Pucci held the concert in Bard Colleges Preston Drama Dance Department Theatre and this performance marked the Beastie Boys first on screen appearance in a published motion picture. The opening band for that performance was The Young and the Useless, skills to Pay the Bills later went on to earn the Recording Industry Association of Americas gold sales award for selling more than 500,000 copies. The band also recorded and then performed its first hip hop track, Cooky Puss, based on a prank call by the group to Carvel Ice Cream in 1983. It was a part of the new line-up’s first EP, also called Cooky Puss, which was the first piece of work that showed their incorporation of the rap phenomenon. It quickly became a hit in New York underground dance clubs, in 1983, the new line-up released the Cooky Puss EP, which offered the first evidence of them picking up on the underground rap phenomenon and the use of samples. ‘Beastie Revolution’ was later sampled for a British Airways commercial, earning them $40,000 in royalties, due to the success of Cooky Puss they began to incorporate rap into their sets. They decided to hire a DJ for their shows and ended up getting an NYU student named Rick Rubin. Soon thereafter, Rubin began producing records and he then formed Def Jam Recordings with fellow NY University student Russell Simmons and approached the band about producing them for his new label
3. Shabak Samech – Shabak Samech is the first recognized rap and hip-hop group to come out of Israel, from the small town of Yavne. Their sound is primarily hip-hop, but includes elements of rapcore, dancehall, ska and funk. Their sound has been compared to the Beastie Boys, Ugly Duckling, Rage Against the Machine, Bionic Jive, Body Count, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimmy Cliff, Elephant Man, the group had two and three vocalists, two guitarists, a drummer and a bassist. The group continued to distinguish itself from the rest of the acts in Israel as the scene continued to grow with unique sound and minimal reliance on beats. The word Shabak as it is written in Hebrew is a misspelling of the Hebrew acronym for the Internal General Security Service of Israel,1992 – Shabak Samech original members form the band, then called FFM1993 – Assaf B. leaves and is replaced with Piloni. Davidi joins as bassist, replacing Mook E, the name is changed to Shabak Samech. 1994 – Mook D. returns as vocalist, and James joins as drummer,1995 – First album, is recorded in January. First radio airplay is in July,1995, the album goes out for sale in September. 1996 – Miro leaves and is replaced by Nimi Nim.1997 – Fuck A leaves, the second album, Beatifa shel Mamatak, is released in August. Nimi Nim leaves late in the year,1999 – Miro and Fuck A return. Mook D. goes on to pursue a solo career as Muki. 2003 – Mook D. and Piloni start a record label,2007 – Shabak Samech reunite and have a reunion concert. They began a tour soon after. The fourth studio album, Boom carnival is released in 20082012 – Shabak 5th Album, Parra Parra, is released on 1 September
4. 3rd Bass – 3rd Bass was an American hip-hop group that rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and was notable for being one of the first successful interracial hip-hop groups. They split up in 1992 and again in 2000 after a failed reunion, the group released two studio albums in their initial career and both of them were certified gold by the RIAA. MC Serch, Prime Minister Pete Nice, and DJ Richie Rich were the three founding members of the group. Richie Rich was a local D. J. while Nice was an English major at Columbia University and hosted a hip hop show on Columbias student radio station, Serch performed at clubs and block parties, and released a single called Hey Boy on independent label Idlers. Record producer Sam Sever convinced Nice and Serch to work together in 1987, first they called themselves 3 the Hard Way, referenced in the song Wordz of Wisdom. But, before recording the album they changed their name to 3rd Bass. Sever, Prince Paul, and The Bomb Squad produced their 1989 debut, The Cactus Album, as reported in many interviews, Serch had tried to join up with fellow New Yorkers the Beastie Boys. Upon signing with Def Jam, 3rd Bass inherited their labels feud with the Beasties, the Cactus Album was released shortly after the Beastie Boys—riding high on the success of Licensed to Ill—walked out of their contract with the label. In addition to containing multiple potshots directed at M. C, hammer, Cactus also attacked the Beastie Boys and their defection to Capitol Records. 3rd Basss 1991 follow-up, Derelicts of Dialect, had a new target in fellow white rapper Vanilla Ice, who was the focal point of several tracks on the album, most notably Pop Goes the Weasel. The track depicted Ice as a thief who watered down the sound of rap in order to pander to a mainstream audience. Ice was also criticized for his refusal to credit artists whose music he had sampled for his 1990 smash Ice Ice Baby, the video featured punk rock icon Henry Rollins dressed up as Ice, who received a beatdown by 3rd Bass at the end. The track was described by Allmusic as much-needed damage control in the hip-hop community, Vanilla Ice answered back with The Wrath and Hit em Hard which he played at concerts in 1992, though the songs werent officially released until 1994. 3rd Basss final collaboration was the track to the soundtrack of the 1992 film Gladiator before the group called it quits. In 1992, Serch co-wrote and produced tracks for Detroit rapper Bosss only album. He released a record, Return of the Product, in August of that year. Meanwhile, Nice and Rich teamed up as Prime Minister Pete Nice & Daddy Rich, the leadoff single, Rat Bastard, contained voice samples from The Silence of the Lambs and was rumored to reflect bad blood between the pair and Serch, though it was not confirmed. The follow-up was Kick the Bobo, which received airplay on MTV
5. Hadag Nahash – Hadag Nahash is an Israeli hip hop/funk band, founded in 1996 in Jerusalem. The band is known for its leftist political statements in many of its songs, some of the bands songs have been used in protests. The groups name literally means The Fish-Snake and it is also, however, a Hebrew spoonerism on the phrase Nahag Ḥadash. In Israel, people who have recently gotten their drivers licenses must place a tag on their back window with these words. The bands icon, depicting a child urinating, comes from a Hebrew idiom loosely translated as I will show you from where the fish pisses meaning something akin to I will show you how its done. Hadag Nahash has been a contributor to the Israeli hip-hop scene. The bands songs call for peace, tolerance and equality, most songs are written by Shaanan Streett, the bands lead vocalist. In 2000, Hadag Nahash released its first studio album Hamechona Shel Hagroove, the album included well-known songs such as Lo Mevater and Af Ehad, which both featured Israeli singer Mazi Cohen. Hadag Nahashs second studio album, Lazuz, was released in 2003, the album was an immediate success and sold over 30,000 copies, with hits such as Gabi ve Debi, Misparim, and Lo Frayerim. The album featured famous Israeli musicians such as Berry Sakharof, Gabi ve Debi was notable for its political message. They offer to take the narrator wherever he wants – as long as it has a positive Zionistic message for the children, the three visit first Herzl and then Trumpeldor, two famous promoters of Zionism, and find each to be a far cry from their idealized images. Most notably they see Herzl on drugs and offering them the same, using a paraphrase of the motto of Zionism and this audacious and controversial song is typical of Hadag Nahash. Yossi Fine also produced the third studio album, Homer Mekomi. The biggest hit out of the album was Shirat Hasticker, which was written by Israeli novelist David Grossman, the lines of the song are all slogans seen on Israeli bumper stickers. The opposing political slogans are juxtaposed to create an angry and ironic portrait of political, other notable songs from the album are Halifot, Hakafa Metzaltzelet and Rak Po. The album attained platinum status and the band was named Band of the Year by Galgalatz and Reshet Gimel, in 2006, Hadag Nahash released Beezrat Hajam, which was named Album of the Year at the Israel Music Awards. One marker of its success is that song is also featured in the Adam Sandler movie You Dont Mess with the Zohan. In March 2008 Hadag Nahash released its first live album, Hadag Nahash Live, in December 2009, Hadag Nahash released the first single from its sixth album,6, a protest song against the rising internal violence in Israeli society, called Od Ach Ehad
6. Team Facelift – Team Facelift is an American hip hop group based in New York City that signed with Duck Down Records. The group was founded in 2004 and consisted of its three MCs—Machine, the Fat Jew, Alden Fonda—and one producer, Tommy Mas, the three met at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. The groups sound was described by the New York Post as a cross between Barbra Streisand and Wu-Tang Clan, the group first gained national attention when headlining MTVs 52/52 campaign, which featured artists in short interstitials during commercial breaks. Team Facelift was the group to appear that was unsigned. We try to bridge the gap—we do music, but we want to bring it to the level where you could play it at a party with 12-year-old girls. You could play it at the mall and you could play it in Belgium. Team Facelift is known for its bizarre stage theatrics and antics, such as the use of pyrotechnics, the Fat Jew is famous for his on-stage nudity, often performing in nothing but a thong and construction boots. The groups first album, Mixed Emotions, was released in December 2006 on its independent label, the groups newest project, currently untitled, will be released in fall 2010 on Duck Down Records. In early May, it was announced that renowned house-music remixer, producer, in late 2008 the group was featured on the single Shake That Ass on famed producer Armand Van Heldens New York, a Mix Odyssey 2 album. At the same time, were moving in the direction of house music, and not that cheeseball glam-electro sound. It is reminiscent of what you would hear while wilding out at the Tunnel in the mid ’90s when house music still had elements of hip hop, thats a look nobody is getting after these days, but we guarantee its going to pop. The fans can expect wet shirts, us doing it big like Ricki Lakes thighs, arena rap, unlimited babes, exploding cars, warm gin, good hip hop music, executive producers for the popular show The Daily 10 on the E. In 2010 the group parted ways, citing creative differences, I Fancy/Sleazy Passion Cove 6 Grams Official site