A Jewish rapper decides to diss Drake, guess it was just a matter of time.
Forget the war of words between 50 Cent and Dr. Dre, and even Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj — a new rap feud is about to begin between Jewish musicians Drake and Matisyahu.
In a new interview with TMZ, reggae rapper Matisyahu disses Drake as not being true to his roots.
“He’s Jewish, but he’s not representing Judaism,” says the artist formerly known as Matthew Paul Miller.
“He happens to be Jewish, just like Bob Dylan happens to be Jewish, just like anyone happens to be Jewish. What I’m doing is really tapping into my roots and culture and trying to blend that with mainstream society and culture. So his being Jewish is just a byproduct, really. He’s not representing that.”
Drake, born Aubrey Drake Graham, might disagree. The son of an African American father and a Jewish mother, he was raised in the heavily Jewish Forest Hill section of Toronto, went to a Jewish day school, and even had a bar mitzvah.
Today, he wears a diamond-studded Chai, a symbol of the Jewish word for life, and has his mother pressuring him to marry “a nice Jewish girl,” according to Heeb magazine.
While it appears Matisyahu may not be down with Drake’s Jewishness, he does admit that he admires his talent.
“Drake is pretty good, man. He’s got his thing but it’s different than what I do. It’s a different type of thing. As an MC, he’s got me,” he told TMZ. But he adds, “He doesn’t have the reggae thing that I’ve got.”
C’mon now guys, lets have a slice of Callah and some matzoh ball soup and work this thing out. L’Chaim!