Top 10 Best Jewish Rappers of All Time
There are many great Jewish Rappers who have mesmerized us with their great lyrical and musical sense. Rap music covers a huge part of the music industry with Eminem, Jay-Z and many other names being involved with it. The below list is compiled based on Forbes ranking.
#1. The Beastie Boys: All Time Best Jewish Rappers
Named by Billboard, this famous hip-hop group was initially formed by 4 artists, Michael Diamond, John Berry, Adam Yauch (MCA), and Kate Schellenbach which was later joined by Adam Horovitz. As the greatest rap band since the early 90’s due to their crazy sales record, these Jewish males sold 62 million albums in the USA and worldwide together. Apart from many bands that eventually fall out, this group is still together. MCA died due to terminal cancer, which has left them with just three. This hip hop group has won many awards like Grammy Awards, MTV Video and MTV Europe Music Awards. They worked with famous celebrities like Madonna, Reagan, Rick Rubin, and many more.
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#2. Mc Serch
Michael Berrin is the former member of the group “3rd Bass” and having Jewish ancestors. He was born on 6th May, 1967 and well-known by the term “The Gas Face”. With two gold certified albums, the group has mostly been appreciated by the music critics of the hip-hop market. His first effort in making a solo album after the group broke up in 1991 was a huge success with two hit numbers. Later in his career, he even became a mentor to yet another hit group, “Non Phixion”. He released his second effort in 2007 which received some positive reactions too. His net worth must be close to half a dozen million USD. He formed Serchlite Music Promotions Company after he retired from performing on stage. He also worked for radio station 102.7 in Detroit.
#3. Drake: Most Successful And Wealthiest Jewish Rapper
Official Website: www.drakeofficial.com
Aubrey Drake Graham is conquering the charts and stats. He was born on 24th October, 1986, in Toronto, Ontario and started his career by doing a small role in a TV series named Degrassi: The Next Generation. He sold 5 million copies and earned a Grammy award. His tours last year earned him above 40 million USD. He has been appointed as ‘global ambassador’ for the Toronto Raptors.
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#4. Mac Miller
Malcolm James McCormick was born on 19th January, 1992 in Pittsburgh. He is proud to be from the Jewish community and says, “That’s my heritage”. He started rapping when he was only 14. He admires Wiz Khalifa. He became drug addictive to release his stress and he accepted this in public. He went to jail when he caught in possession of banned stuffs. He is certainly one of the richest rappers of today.
#5. III Bill
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The typical stubble look of him certainly makes him look like a Jewish; however, he is not so orthodox when it comes to music as he is popular for his sexually provocative and to some extent harsh lyrics. William Braunstein gained his career’s almost half of the success from being in the underground hip-hop group mentored by MC Serch, “Non Phixion” which became quite a sensation among the rap music lovers during the late 90’s. However, III Bill kept wandering from groups to groups like Cycle of Tyrants, La Coka Nostra, and Heavy Metal Kings and even worked with his brother Ron Braunstein aka Necro, who is a rapper too.
#6. The Alchemist
Born on 25th October, 1977.
Location: Beverly Hills, USA.
Alan Daniel Maman is a white Jewish rapper who started to charm people with his lyrical ability and excellent hip hop prodigy from his teens, even though most of those lyrics (he himself wrote it) contained description of his dislikes of his local atmosphere. Along with his other colleagues, he formed a group named “Whooliganz”. Cypress Hill and Louis Freese proved to be the God father of this group as they got their attention while they were performing in Los Angeles and they asked them to join their group “The Soul Assassins”. Soon, he started to produce songs for people and that made him so famous that he even ended up remixing for the legendary band, Linkin Park. His first album, “1st Infantry” produced the song, “Hold You Down” that managed to get five places ahead of the number 100th spot in the Billboard top 100 songs in the USA. Now serving as a DJ to the multi-award winning, Eminem is undoubtedly one of the wealthiest rappers of all time. Truly, he has proved his alchemy by transforming things into precious metals in his life.
Jamal Barrow, who is also known as Moses Michael Levi hails from Belize. He is the best known black Jewish rapper of his time and belongs to a royal family. Since 2008 his father, Dean has been the prime minister and leader of the United Democratic Party. Shyne (stage name) musical skills drove him into a different direction from the political background of his family. His two famous albums “Shyne and Godfather Buried Alive” reached number five and one respectively in the USA and earned him many fans, but an unfortunate twist of fate made him stay in prison for almost a decade and entirely destroyed his career. He had been imprisoned in a shooting case for 9 years and repatriate to Belize. 350 thousand copies were sold and some 100 thousand downloads were done for his albums which made his net worth $2 million.
#8. Jewish Rapper Matisyahu
Born on: 30th June, 1979.
Age: 34 years.
Official Page: http://matisyahuworld.com/
Matthew Paul Miller in first and the only Hasidic and Jewish reggae rapper in the world. He is famously known by name “Matisyahu” and he is gifted with the talent to mingle Jewish tradition with rap, beat boxing and reggae songs. Many albums have been released which tops the charts in the USA. He also worked in a horror movie. His net worth is estimated to be around $20 million. Billboard Magazine honored him the title of Top Reggae Artist in 2006.
#9. Hoodie Allen
Born on: 19th August, 1988.
Steven Markovitz was raised in Jewish clan and turned a rapper from being a Google employee (Adwords associate) after completing his graduation. Being a child, Hoodie (nick name) wrote many lyrics and perform hip hop at friend’s parties. Leading a band of three, at the vocals and production department, he made a nice success with their first two albums (“Bagels & Beats” and “Making Waves”) releases. His remixed version of “I Am Not” became the most blogged music globally. His third effort with a mix tape, namely, “Leap Year” also enjoyed success with some 250 thousand of downloads. He also tweeted a hash tag “#GetHoodieAllenOnFallon” to grab the attention of Jimmy Fallon and he got it after his tweet and YouTube videos spread worldwide.
#10. MC Paul Barman
Paul Nathaniel Barman, a Jewish rapper, was born on 30th October in Ridgewood, New Jersey and his current age is 39 years. He appeared in many shows and he has released 2 of his famous albums “Paullelujah and Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud”.