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The Forward, by Jay Michaelson

Here’s what it’s not about: cute Yiddish puns, bar mitzvah kitsch, Manischewitz cocktails, or the novelty of a Jewish “insert unexpected form” (rap, reggae, whatever) star. Here’s what it does seem to be about: post-sacred-cow radical pluralism, pantheism, religious consciousness fused with social action, and an uncompromising and unimpressed blend of urban forms and neo-Hasidic spirituality.

 

WireTap Magazine, by Geoffrey Dobbins

Eprhyme's lyrics span religious imagery, fist-pumping demands for social justice and other personal perspectives. His rhetoric, which bounces between poetic praise to "G-d" and critiques of capitalist empires, serve as a ready reminder that the political right wing has no monopoly on faith.

 

Skyscraper Magazine, by John Book

Eprhyme is a nice breath of clarity that isn’t the exception to any specific rule, just hip-hop music at its best.

 

Tiny Mix Tapes, by J. Monk

[ePRHYME} has important things to say about being a follower of both religion and music, and he’s adamant that there shouldn’t be any conflict between the two...Dopestylevsky (ePRHYME's second album) is all about moving hip-hop to both an academic level of fixation and an inspirational (yes, it had to be said) level of enthusiasm. This makes it a solid album of consciousness-raising Jewish hip-hop, not an exercise in genre-bending.

 

Mudkiss Fanzine, by Tim V.

Dopestylevsky (ePRHYME's second album) is an imaginative look forward into the future of hip hop, filled with positive messages and a healthy dose of spiritual awakening, while employing the best aspects of the genre’s past in the album’s delicious production.

 

The Guardian, by Hugh Muir

The critics say nice things about Eprhyme, a "radical Jewish renaissance rapper" with the rapid-fire delivery of Eminem, augmented by beats and snatches of sound from the Middle East.

 

Haaretz, by David Sheen

Rapper Eprhyme combines traditional Jewish music with lyrical skills and hip-hop credibility.

 

The Jewish Chronicle

"I happen to be a Jewish rapper but if you are not good, it doesn't matter what your niche market is."

 

Tablet Magazine, by Matthue Roth

Eprhyme (who was known in a previous life as Eden Pearlstein) writes lyrics peppered with bits of Jewish mysticism and philosophy that fit indy label K Records' iconoclastic bent...It’s a far cry from the bagels-and-lox Judaism of many Jewish hip-hop acts today, and it’s a welcome breath of fresh air.

 

The Forward, by Jay Michaelson

This indicates a welcome erosion of the so-called ghetto walls...Rather than Eprhyme bringing rap to the Jews, he’s bringing Jewishness to rap.

 

YNet

Article in Hebrew.