So Called SederDon’t break your back to talkradio or NPR cleaning your house this weekend. Don’t wipe out Chometz to dull Jewish rhythms. Put on SoCalled’s Hip Hop Hagaddah for an entirely alternative and enjoyable Passover mood.

JDub is offering this shmaltz-free, matzaness for only $7.99 this week before the chag. Don’t sit there letting your sponge cake harden.

Last year Socalled ripped and rocked on stage at Jewlicious Festival. He is an amazing soul on and off stage. A menchlech yid who is authentic,travels the world, and lives the way he plays.

Hip-Hop Hagadah is a stereophonic journey, a creative and wonderful tribute to the festival of Freedom. Using an endless array of samples from older Passover recordings, original lyrics in English and Yiddish, unstoppable beats and rhythms, Hip Hop Hagaddah is an essential part of the contemporary musical celebration of being Jewish. One note of caution: parental discretion is advised on some tracks. This is not an Uncle Moishe and the Hip Hop Seder.

From the producers:

THE SOCALLED SEDER: A HIP HOP HAGGADAH, it’s newly produced, recorded and mastered in NYC. Features cameos by Wu Tang Clan’s Killah Priest, Matisyahu, Mr. Bungle’s Trevor Dunn, Montreal’s queen of country Katie Moore, David Krakauer, Susan and Elaine Hoffman Watts, and more.

Eliyahu Hanavi has not been sung with this much soul since Yossel Rosenblatt crooned in Warsaw.

I wish SoCalled was on my shuffle as a I jostled in the lines at the kosher emporium on La Brea. I bought organic whole wheat shmura matzos that cost about as much as a pound of gold. I’ll write more when the spirit moves me.

Song links:
Who Knows One? (based on a traditional passover song):

2nd Cup: Bless the Wine:

10 Plagues featuring Killah Priest:

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  • I must say these guys are fantastic! I saw a YouTube video of theirs and I posted it as part of my Purim post. The music is fresh and different, and this album feels complete.

    I 100% encourage everyone to get one for you and your Cousin Shomli.

  • But how can I get rid of this melody playing in my head after I listened to “Who Knows One?”…? It’s very catchy, for some reason. So I bought the album.

    By the way, do you guys and girls know Doina Klezmer? No idea how street-credible they are, though.

  • I got a case of Matza free at Shoprite. But of course, many of our dear posters would think my Seder is not “Jewish enough” or “Kosher enough” or “Halakic enough” for them.

    At least when I say “all those who are hungry let them come and eat” I won’t be thinking to myself “as long as they bring their own matza ’cause mine cost the same as a pound of gold”.

    Whole wheat organic shamora…a luxury for the rich produced by those who may not be “corporations” but certainly have self-serving interests.

    Orthodoxy in general is only for the very rich.

    So for all you kiruv Rabbis out there, please only approach those with trust funds because after you convince the person to give up their career and have 6 kids, their secular parents may not want to pay the price of a pound of gold for some baked wheat flour.

    Where’s your $100 Esrog these days Rabbi, we used a lemon for fity cent and got just as much credit in Shamayim.

  • Chutpah – I am sorry you are having trouble financially.

    There is no point in using a lemon.

    You should be able to buy it for 25-36 dollars, a good kosher set.

    As far as the shmura matzah — I find that it is worth every penny.

    And believe me, a) i am not a kiruv rabbi and b)I am not rich and have no trust fund.

    Happy Pesach!

  • I’m fine, but I’d rather use a lemon and give the $75.00 to someone who is having trouble. I also say thanks to God before I eat treif chicken which is 1/6 the price of the kosher. I think God sees my point.

  • Others might also find this a bit funny: I ordered one CD. Some days later I got a mail saying “Your order has been partially shipped”.

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