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Jewish hip-hop royalty take ‘Chanukah song’ to NY streets

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JTA — Two leading Jewish hip-hop artists have adapted Adam Sandler’s 1995 breakout hit, “The Chanukah Song,” for the present moment.

Nissim Black and Kosha Dillz dropped the video for “The Hanukkah Song 2.0” just before the holiday began on Sunday evening. It features the musicians gallivanting around New York City, riding the subway and hobnobbing with sidewalk vendors in Times Square.

The pair are two of the best-known Jewish rappers making music today. Black is a Black American and Hasidic Jew who moved to Israel in 2016, while Dillz is the stage name of Israeli-American rapper Rami Even-Esh.

Together, they borrow Sandler’s earworm Hanukkah melody and knack for inventing words to rhyme with the holiday’s name. “Aw man, yes, Hanukkah,” they sing in the chorus. “The flow is so iconikah.”

But where Sandler’s lyrics ran down a laundry list of notable Jews, from David Lee Roth to Tom Cruise’s agent, “The Hanukkah........

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