Y-Love: in the J and on the YouTube
Posted by Oyster on March 2, 2007
We gave y’all the heads up on Y-Love’s Left Coast debut, and we gave him a big-up for his performance at the Bureau of Jewish Education’s 2nd Annual Young Adult Feast of Jewish Learning.. Now, the J Weekly is running a story on this Hebrew dynamo:
Growing up as a Baptist in Flatbush, N.Y., Yitzhak Jordan never guessed that he’d end up freestyle rapping in Aramaic one day. Then again, he never guessed he’d end up being named Yitzhak. Jordan (now known in the music world as Y-Love) discovered his talent for rapping while in yeshiva, after his conversion to Orthodox Judaism. Today he’s a Chassidic hip-hop sensation, melding black and Jewish culture in incredible ways.
Whoa, I didn’t know that Yitz was a computer programmer! That might explain why his blog is hella tight. But we’re gonna one-up ya, J Weekly! Oy Bay busts it out with **exclusive** (and by that, I mean crappy) footage of Y-Love wowing the crowd at the BJE Feast of Jewish Learning:
I had a very interesting and frank discussion with Yitz after he was done with his set, and enjoying some He’Brew beer. He was kind of surprised to see what Jewish life was like here in “The Great Fringe of the Diaspora” (thanks for that one, Sarah!) of the Oy Bay Area. While he was shocked to hear that there are only 2 kosher restaurants in San Francisco, he lives in a town where there are 2, on average, per block! He was very curious to hear about what was being done to help bring the Yidd’n together, and I told him about our challenges, and our as-of-late successes. When I asked him about his impressions of the cultural differences of the Bay Area vs. the East Coast, he mentioned how open and welcoming everyone is; how the Mission Minyan was welcoming of him to join them, when he had to daven separately (he’s Haredi) because of their praying without a mechitza. One drawback that he related to me was that as they were walking back from services, they kept on getting excited and having these great discussions, where they’d stop for a bit to talk. One time, this happened in the Castro District, in front of a gay porn shop. Yitz finally got irritated, and said, “Can WE PLEASE walk and talk somewhere else?!”. 🙂