So after my marvelous tour through Australia, I was utterly surprised to get an email from an Australian radio show two days after I got back to LA. I naturally assumed that it was related to my being there in some way, but it turns out, it wasn’t at ALL. The guys from a show called “Sunday Night Safran” were writing to MC Happyjoel, because they came across the hyper-specific, Jewish rap song I wrote a few years back called “A Bissel Rap.” At this point I would like to shout out to my DJ, DJ Dour. DJ Dour, consider yourself shouted.
A weird coincidence, but I was only too happy when they asked if they could call me and interview me on the radio about the song. I don’t know anything about the show, what they talk about, where they are based, and because I got the day wrong (international date line and all that) I was accidentally, totally drunk when the interview happened. Still, I don’t sound like a total douchebag if you check the podcast starting at 1 hour 13 minutes in.
The strangest part of this, is that I was chosen as their “Religious Song of the Week,” but my lyrics are so specifically Jewish, that even 80% of Jews don’t get all the references. To give you an idea, the song starts with:
“I wanna make sure Jews and non-Jews don’t hate / But I slaughter MC’s with the precision of a shochayt.”
Or how about this classic rap line:
“I run through other rappers lines cause their rhymes are fucking porous / And I spin busters round in circles like I’m shlugging capporus.”
(A shochayt is a Jewish butcher, and shlugging capporus is when you swing a chicken around your head at Yom Kippur to put your sins in it. You know, normal every day Judaism.)
But by far the most exciting thing was that I was referred to on the show as “Jewish hip-hop artist from Los Angeles…” without any irony or mocking. In the world of Jewish rapping, I think that’s basically as big as you can get.
PS – Matisyahu can go fuck himself. (trying to start a Jewish-rap war if anyone wants to forward this to him!)