Brad Kava of the Mercury News spoke with the members of New York’s Hip Hop Hoodios about the roots of Jewish hip-hop. MC Josue Noriega, born Josh Norek said, “All the Jewish music is self-effacing, like 2 Live Jews or the Beasties, who are Jewish but didn’t acknowledge it. When I was 15, kids knew the Beastie Boys were Jewish and they thought they were hip, but the Beasties never said anything about it. We have a goofy sense of humor but we are open about our identities, on the Jewish front and the Latin front.”
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