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50 Cent and Ja Rule – the latest artists causing a stir in the hip hop world are Jewish
rappers who pay homage to their religion and ethnicity.

Groups such as 50 Shekel (pictured left), 2 Live Jews (featuring Dr Dreidel and Ice
Berg), Chutzpah and Hasidic rapper Matisyahu have attracted the attention of fans
described by cultural commentator Naomi Wolf as “Hebesters”: twentysomething Jews
who are “about as far from the neurotic characters in a Woody Allen film as you can
get. Here is what they are not: self-deprecating, deweeby, asexual or yearning for
goyishe [non-Jewish] validation”. Shekel, rattle and roll.


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