LA’s LGBT synagogue Beth Chayim Chadashim hosts one of the most influential gay Jewish figures in the entertainment world, rapper Y-Love, on their Days of Awe services. (Full Schedule here)
The black orthodox Jewish hip-hop artist Yitz Jordan (AKA Y-Love) had been struggling with his public image for years, until he finally decided to come out in May, 2012. “I feel like I’ve wasted years of my life worrying that it would alienate the community I dedicated my life to as an artist and as a man. But my hope is that it will open their eyes—and hearts,” he told OUT magazine on his coming out interview.
Y-Love, 35, is a hip-hop artist who raps in a mix of English, Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic and Latin. Y-Love released his first mixtape in 2005, DJ Handler Presents Y-Love. The Mixtape, led to an award for Best Hip Hop Artist at Heeb’s 2006 Jewish Music Awards. In 2008 he signed with the Indie NY-based record label Shemspeed, and released his debut album in April 2008, titled “Count it (Sfira)”. Later that year he released the second album, “This is Babylon,” followed by the album “Change” in 2010, of which title track (performed with the rapper DeScribe) became one of his biggest hits. His latest single, “Focus on the Flair” (feat. Onili) was released in 2012. Check out some of Y-Love videos on his website
Besides his music, which he describes as “positive hip hop,” Y-Love is also an involved activist, aiming to “positively impact as many lives as possible” and manages to capture lots of hearts, especially in the world of social media. He currently has more than 11,000 fans on Facebook, and almost 20,000 followers on Twitter!