Stereotypes persist. Sometimes they box us in and keep us from reaching our full potential and sometimes these boxes exist as a catalyst for creativity and innovation—even if it means destroying those stereotypes and becoming absolutely vulnerable. Multilingual slinging African American Hasidic gay hip hop artist Y-Love has broken through well-established stereotypes and his work has blossomed because of it.
Y-Love’s work fuses English, Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic and Latin to create a culturally diverse and inclusive sound. His work blends scripture with social consciousness that creates a musical space where alternative voices and rhythms emerge. Y-Love doesn’t fit neatly into a one category. Instead, his work prospers because it communicates openly to an audience who is also open to receive. This openness is magical especially in a genre where the prototype of the hyper-masculine hip hop artist looms large. Y-Love, of course love, because love is what eschews away the stereotypes that bind and limit our potential. With a vengeance, Y-Love sings against this oppressive barrier.
Y-Love will perform on Saturday, February 16th at 8 p.m. at Next@19th and Temple Israel of Greater Miami. Before you see Y-Love perform, head over to Temple Israel on Valentine’s Day (Thursday), February 14th at 7: p.m. for a “Jews in Hip Hop” panel discussion featuring Y-Love. The conversation will be moderated by hip hop artists Seth “Brimstone” Schere, DJ Trails (Hip-Hop Elements) and others.
Guava Rugelach Lounge programs are presented under the palms in the outdoor lounge setting. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for students, seniors and artists, and may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006. Temple Israel is located at 137 NE 19th St., Miami.