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Matisyahu ‘Feuds’ With Drake

A rap battle for the tribe

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Drake last weekend.(Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

We’ve survived Biggie vs. Tupac, Jay-Z vs. Nas, and even Lil Kim vs. Foxy Brown. But the next major hip-hop feud is something we ain’t never seen before: Jew vs. Jew. In one corner, we’ve got Drake, the Canadian wunderkind who graduated from acting on the teen weepie Degrassi: The Next Generation to working with Lil Wayne. In the other, Matisyahu, the former Phishhead who found God and reggae around the same time, and harnessed both to promote his music career.

Last year, Drake appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s show and said some things that, if one was trying really, really hard, might have come off as disparaging: Talking about Matisyahu’s outfit, Drake giggled when Kimmel said the black hat and peyes were almost like a costume. Could such a semi-slight go unanswered? Of course not. Waiting a few months for good measure, Matisyahu retaliated this week: Caught on the streets of Los Angeles by the gossip Website TMZ, he was asked about Drake, and responded, cuttingly, “Drake is pretty good.” Snap! Pushed further, the reggae star lost all inhibitions. Drake, he hissed, “happens to be Jewish, but he’s not representing Judaism.” Which, of course, is a statement with which Drake himself is very likely to agree.

To fans of the genre, this is a very troubling state of affairs. If we’re going to have more Jewish hip-hop stars, we might as well learn how to do this whole feuding thing right. Might you help? In the comments, drop us some verses dissing either one of the combatants. Let’s get something started …

Matisyahu: Drake Can’t Compare to My Jewishness [TMZ]

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You forgot the beefing between L’il Kim and Nicki Minaj. MAJOR. Also — Matisyahu isn’t hip hop. Or even really rap. He’s more reggae. Different genres entirely. Just sayin’.

Josh Fleet says:

“…Drake is vexed, in the dregs, the hip-hop hara’s lurking, tryin to make him forget there’s better music for Jews…”

You’re right, of course, but still — never look a gift feud in the mouth…

No time for subtlety: “I saw Matisiyahu eating a BLT. Word.”

The video is clear Elizabeth: “The graying 31-year-old (Matisyahu) was out lunchin’ at Real Food Daily in L.A. Tuesday — where he enjoyed a fully-kosher, fully-vegan BACON sandwich.”

Abigayil says:

Are you guys for real? Let’s get something going? What’s wrong with you people? Like we don’t have enough problems in the world.
@ Sara Ivry: You’re right two different genres!
@ Josh Fleet: Yeah, there’s much better music for the Jews than either of them are providing. No disrespect. I loved Drake’s acting, and I respect what Matisyahu is trying to do, but I don’t like either of their “music” styles.
@ Liel Leibovitz: Dude, you’re sick.
@ Elizabeth Schwartz: Eeew, lashon hara! It doesn’t become you, hun. It could have been beef, or veg you dolt! Stop spreading rumors!
@ Eli! Yes, thank you! I knew it. People are so sick with all the rumor spreading and what not.

Grow up people! This is what’s wrong with America! People are so immature! Stop acting like this is some middle school cafeteria.

I’ve said that least 2686975 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

Hi there, May I grab your image and implement it on my web log?


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