Transracial IK turned us on to Y-Love — AKA Yitzchak Jordan — an Orthodox Jewish rapper who also happens to be of Ethiopian and Puerto Rican descent.

Brooklyn-based — but Baltimore-raised — Y-Love is just one of the many players on the burgeoning Orthodox rap scene. But he is perhaps the only Ortho-rapper of color, having first embraced Judaism as a kid before subsequently converting to the faith.

Today, the highly-devout Y-Love not only dons prayers shawls to begin each day, he raps in a mix of English, Hebrew, Yiddish and even Aramaic, the ancient language of the Talmud.

Hard core!

It’s all skills he picked up in Jerusalem during a stint of intense Yeshiva study where he actually discovered rap from a fellow student — and hip-hop fan — originally from Long Island.

Returning to Brooklyn, open-mic sessions soon followed, as did original rhymes and the rest — as they say — is hip-hop history.

We wish Y-Love a happy Pesach and platinum success.


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