Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
Jewish humor has been incorporated in music before, even in hip-hop (see the 2 Live Jews), but probably not with the musical chops or conceptual humor and wit displayed on 19.99. M.O.T. (or Members of the Tribe) consists o... more »
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Jewish humor has been incorporated in music before, even in hip-hop (see the 2 Live Jews), but probably not with the musical chops or conceptual humor and wit displayed on 19.99. M.O.T. (or Members of the Tribe) consists of Ice Berg and Dr. Dreidle (along with their manager, Meshugge Knight) and are, in reality, Hillel Tigay and Andrew Rosenthal, once Bill Paxton's partner in the art-pop duo Martini Ranch. With titles like "Psychosemitic," "Kosher Nostra," and "Emmes G," the satirical pseudo-street rhymes are sharp and amusing, for the most part, sprinkled with Yiddish references behind original synthesized instrumentation (no samples here). The music is more accomplished than any number of supposedly serious releases, elevating this wicked satire above the realm of pure novelty--although repeated listens may put truth to the lyric "This Hebe-Hop is giving me angina." In a kind of Beastie Boys-Jackie Mason mind meld, the duo has come up with a Jewish Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack that may have enough lyrical and musical wit and personality to take on a life of its own, off-Broadway or at least on UPN. --John Sutton-Smith
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This is not real Jewish hiphop
(2 out of 5 stars)
"If you are looking for Weird Al Yankovic type music, ok, this album might be for you. But for those who like Jewish rappers with a sense of pride and that are more "real", I highly suggest checking out Blood of Abraham "Future Profits", Hip Hop Hoodios "Raza Hoodia" and Remedy Ross "Code Red". Those acts have far better beats and can make you think or laugh without being self-deprecating or cliche. Skip M.O.T. and check out some real Jew-beats, aiight?"
Full of it
musicmom | 10/24/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I am a fan of novelty , hip hop and Jewish music. Unfortunately, this album is none of those things. I'm just hoping Amazon will give me my money back. The beats are horrible, the production sounds like it was recorded in a garage (a bad sounding garage) and the lyrics are, well, what's worse than unbearable? It's too bad because it looks like it would be a good album. The packaging is kinda cool, but it does not deliver in any way whatsoever. I suppose that's why they never released another. They should be embarrassed! Besides all this, they obviously get all the people they know to give them positive reviews since "a customer" has most of the reviews up here...pretty gross, guys...time to get a day job."
musicmom | 02/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the new direction Hip-Hop must follow. Great hooks, amazing wordplay that both is cultural criticism and hilarious humor. These hebros seem to be both on the outside looking in delivering a scathing commentary on hip-hop, and being on the inside and coming on hard and true. Brilliant!!"