Y-Love is African American Yitz Jordan. He grew up in Baltimore, MD and was attracted to Judaism at a very early age. Following his conversion, he went to Jerusalem to study in a Yeshiva (Jewish religious school). There, his study partner introduced him to rap as a way to memorize Talmudic texts. Y-Love took hip hop with gusto and moved his raps beyond the “cheder” (study room) and has been tearing up the underground with his unique style of Rabbinically approved socially conscious raps that effortlessly move from English to Hebrew to Yiddish and even Aramaic, the language of the Talmud that is still spoken only by pockets of Assyrians in Iraq and Syria.
Y-Love, now an Ultra-Orthodox Jew of the Breslov sect of Hassidic Judaism, made this album to conform to the customs of the Ultra-Orthodox during the “Omer,” the seven week count between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot. During this period, it is custom to not listen to music in a symbolic form of mourning for the 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva who were wiped out by a plague (or murdered during a failed uprising against the Romans) during this time and also for other Jews murdered during other periods in history. Consequently, this album is completely acoustic, with beat-boxing providing the only “musical” accompaniment.
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