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Album Review

"Yo Dre, I don't mean to annoy ya/But you ain't no doctor, and I'm a lawyer/And I'll destroy ya" — strong words from a gang of Latino-Jewish smartypants from Brooklyn, but they serve their purpose. On Agua Pa' la Gente, the Hoodios' first full-length, listeners bounce across a tightly stretched canvas of klezmer, hip-hop, and salsa splattered by some of the vividest, smartest rhymes to stud a rap disc since Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill. How seriously to take this bilingual release is anybody's guess. Musically, its guest collaborators, including a Klezmatics player and alterna-Latin heroes from Santana, Jaguares, and Los Abandoned, elevate it to a level way beyond spoof; Karl Perazzo's congas kick on the title track and Paul Shapiro's clarinet keeps "K#k* on the Mic" this side of kosher. Song themes split the difference between offensive ("Dicks & Noses") and academic ("1492" explores how the Spanish Inquisition resulted in millions of Latinos unknowingly having Jewish roots), but what's kept consistent is the brilliant, self-skewering wit: "My sound is fresh, like a pound of flesh/My nose is large, and you know I'm in charge." Illustrating this illest of Latino-Jewish offerings is still more evidence of the Hoodios' refusal to let ethnic hangups lie: snaps of "Hoodia honeys" in bagel bras, as well as a restaurant advertising kosher burritos, skirt the lyrics.

Customer Reviews

The best album ever

Even if you are a goy this album will rock your world. No one does spanish hebrew rap better than the hoodios!!!! Tommyp

A wonderful suprise

This album wonderfully highlights both the musical talent and wit of this group. I bought it about eight months ago and find it as enjoyable today as it was the first time I listened to it. Not a fan of hip-hop, I was won over by the artistry of the music, as well as the intelligence and charm of the lyrics. This album seems to be directed at sophisticated, intelligent and good humored listeners rather than the teenager. If you consider yourself to be in this group, I think you will find this album a wonderful and fresh addition to your collection. And don't be put off by the "hip-hop" in the title, I've never heard "hip-hop" so well presented. I hope the "Hip Hop Hoodios" come out with another full album soon, and I wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavors.

Are You Kidding Me?


Agua pa' la gente, Hip Hop Hoodios
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