I recently received an email from a young sista in college asking me for advice on which type of music should our youth listen to today. She’s new to the Hebrew faith and wanted to know if there was some good music out there from the Hebrew Israelite community — that still had rhythm and soul like hip hop and R&B — that her and other college students would like to listen to. I thought this was a great question, because I assume many people both young and old, who are new to this walk, are probably searching for some good music to listen to (outside of gospel) as well.
I say that because I also was on the hunt for some good, set-apart music (from our own people) when I first came into the walk. Fortunately for me, I was able to find and connect with some Hebrews online over the years who created music that I enjoy listening to. Now, I don’t know many artists our there that make set apart music but I will share the few with you who I enjoy listening to. So if you’ve been on the hunt for some Hebrew Israelite artists that create set apart music with the same skill level that mainstream artists have, then here are some of my favorite artists below.
Hadassah Queen O
Hadassah is one of the best female artists in the music game, hands down! She is a seasoned rapper with amazing lyrical skills that can also sing melodies and hooks. Her music genre is hip hop but all of her songs have a message of upliftment and encouragement that gives YAH the praise. If you like fast-pace music with dope lyrics that makes your body move, then you’ll love Hadsassah Queen O (HQO). My favorite album of hers is called UPLIFT, but she also has a great new album out called ESTEEM.
Artist Link: https://shinebrightservebig.com/music
Yahmeyl is a R&B singer/songrwriter that was signed to a record deal in the mainstream music industry at the age of 19. He is now an independent artist and makes music to liberate the minds of our people and guide them back to YAH. Brother Yahmeyl can truly sing and his melodies give life to his message of mental liberation. Yahmeyl’s album is not out yet, but his single, The Pastor’s Keep Taking Our Change is available on iTunes. The rest of his music is available for free download online.
Artist Link: https://soundcloud.com/yahmeyl
Hadarah Bat Yah
Hadarah is a former christian recording artist that now makes Hebrew Roots music. She is a gifted guitarists and singer/songwriter that is well-known for her worship songs. Her music genre is acoustic and the majority of her songs are devotionals that draw our minds back to the worship of YAH. Hadarah has a beautiful voice and her music is perfect for playing on the Sabbath in the way that it keeps your mind focused on YAH. Hadarah’s latest album is called Peace of Mind, and she has 2 previous albums available for purchase as well.
Artist Link: http://www.setapartheart.com/get-music/
Ron is an internationally known gospel singer from the 90’s and early 2000 era, that now makes Hebrew music. He is a gifted vocalist and worship leader that loves to minister the truth of YAH through praise and worship. Ron’s genre of music is worship and all of his songs inspire you to praise and worship The Most High. He has recorded over 10 albums, but his last two albums, Set Apart Is Your Name Yahuwah Volumes 1 and 2, are his only Hebrew albums. You can purchase his music on his website or anywhere else music is sold.
Artist Link: http://ronkenoly.org/store/
Jay is a professional basketball player turned rapper. He used to play ball in the NBA but now he plays overseas. In his spare time, he produces and creates music. Jay’s music genre is hip hop but the message in all of his songs is to conform your life to The Most High. I love Jay’s music because I love to listen to well-put-together-lyrics and his lyricism is better than some of the best rappers in the mainstream music industry. Jay has yet to put out an album, but you can download his past music online for free.
Artist Link: https://soundcloud.com/jay-midi
Chaazawan is a singer/songwriter that creates music strictly for Hebrew Israelites. The brother can truly sing and and all of his songs are straight from the heart. His music genre is worship and his songs inspires our people to stop following the ways of this world and return back to the commandments of The Most High. My favorite song of his is I’m So Grateful. Chaazawan has not released any albums, but you can listen to and download all of his past music for free online.
Chaarawtazah is rapper that makes music for the young generation. His music genre is hip hop and his rap style resembles the flow of the popular down south rappers that the youth like today. Chaarawtazah is very creative lyrically and is able to make music that encourages people to stop following the world and return back to the laws of The Most High, while still making them bop their hands and dance at the same time. He has not released any albums yet, but he does have a single out called, Dance Like David. The rest of his music is available online for free.
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Lauryn is my favorite artist of all time so I saved the best for last. She’s a rapper who sings just as good as she raps that makes music that uplifts your soul. Her music genre is a mixture of soul, reggae, hip hop, R&B, and gospel, but the underlining message in all of her music is liberation. Lauryn is not a religious artist, but her music is def set apart from the world and she gives praises to The Most High in many of her songs; especially on her last album, Unplugged. She hasn’t released an album since 2002, but she still drops singles from time to time and her music can be found online.
Artist Link: http://www.lauryn-hill.com/
These are my favorite Hebrew artists to listen to. Do you know of or listen to any of the artists above? If not, what type of music do you listen to? I’m always on the hunt for new, set-apart music to play while driving in my car or while resting on the sabbath. Who are some other good Hebrew artists out there that I’ve missed in this article? Let me know in the comments below…