“Hip-hop is having a Semitophilic moment”
Hip-hop is having a Semitophilic moment. Drake, who was brought up Jewish in a wealthy part of Toronto, has rhymed “more than high” with “Mordechai.” Jay-Z and will.i.am have incorporated “mazel tov” into their verses. In 2012, Rick Ross released a mixtape called “Black Bar Mitzvah”; it featured a skit in which a rabbi – played by Peter Rosenberg – invites celebrants to join him at a Miami strip club, to “have a nosh.”
Andrew Marantz, “Old School”, The New Yorker (7 April 2014), 28.