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.
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.
Eprhyme is a nice breath of clarity that isn’t the exception to any specific rule, just hip-hop music at its best.
[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.
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 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.
Rapper Eprhyme combines traditional Jewish music with lyrical skills and hip-hop credibility.
"I happen to be a Jewish rapper but if you are not good, it doesn't matter what your niche market is."
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.
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.
Article in Hebrew.