A quote from a rabbi cites that hip-hop is harmful and that “music of this type will not benefit the listener spiritually.” Has he heard Yitz rap? I doubt that Yitz’s goal is to promote harmful music. I’m not a fan of MOST hip-hop or rap but I’ve found a few tunes that titillated even me. While I don’t think the rabbi’s racist, I wonder if such blanket statements about a musical genre has racist undertones.
The New York Daily News featured Modern Orthodox rapper/Jewish convert, Y-Love in “Tale of tragedy and triumph for struggling Hasidic rap star.” The article presents an interesting portrait of the Orthodox Jewish convert.
And moreover, I wonder how said rabbi feels about meringue and salsa, which both, incidentally, make me feel much closer to G-d.