By Aaris A. Schroeder
It is the season for Hanukkah, so get your candles lit and let’s break down Nissim Black and Kosha Dillz holiday single, “The Hanukkah Song 2.0.”
So you may hear a familiar voice, in the beginning, trailing off as Nissim Black starts throwin’ down some Hanukkah bars – yep, you heard right – that’s Adam Sandler who gets major props in this song, not only because the two emcees use the backbeat to his song as their remixed beat and his voice singing in the background but because Kosha Dillz shouts out:
“If you see Adam Sandler in the street tell him, ‘put me in the scene in the movie, yaa.’” That’s how you throw down for the author of the song you are sampling and rapping over.
This is a light-hearted song, celebrating Hanukkah and lyricism heavy as Nissim Black and Kosha Dillz sing Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah” song which was originally dedicated to all the famous Jewish people that some of us may not know, such as David Lee Rosh, Goldie Hawn and The Three Stooges.
If you aren’t familiar with these guys – you should be, Seattle, WA native Nissim Black, growing up in a musical home is the son of rappers Mia Black and Captain Crunch (members of Seattle’s Emerald Street Boys and Emerald Street Girls) and grandparents who played alongside Ray Charles and Quincy Jones. Being a Christian since the age of 14 through his grandfather’s faith, Nissim Black was a part of the Gangster Disciples as a youth and rapped under the name Danger.
He continued writing and producing music through the early 2000s under his stepdad’s label, Sportin’ Life Records, putting out a few gangsta tracks with artists like J Smooth and Darrius Willrich of Maktub but by the time 2007 came around, he wasn’t getting the attention he needed outside of the Pacific Northwest music scene. Nissim Black released albums (between 2006-2009) under his previous moniker, D. Black until 2011 when he retired to focus on his conversion to Orthodox Judaism.
Not long later, he began focusing on Jewish Hip Hop releasing singles, albums and mixtapes ever since. He paired up with Kosha Dillz and released “The Hanukkah Song 2.0” in 2022.
Rapper Kosha Dillz, who likes his friends to call him Rami (his first name) was born in New Jersey to Israeli immigrant parents and where he still calls home, even though he lives on the West Coast now. He is a friend of UBO MAG as we have booked him a couple of shows in the past and have written about his Hip Hop career as far back as 2002, which was three years before he started rapping initially.
Kosha Dillz was heavily into the freestyle battle rap scene in New York at the beginning of his career which led him down the wrong path with substance abuse including a stint in jail. He quickly changed his ways and got sober and learned how to take himself seriously. He quickly began to run the underground Hip Hop circuits performing all over the U.S. and working as a D.I.Y Hip Hop artist, taking his music business seriously as an entrepreneur. He has performed and published music with the likes of Matisyahu (“Childhood” and feat. C-Ray Walz), C-Rayz Walz (“The Dropping” Album) and released an album by Murs featuring the song, “We Are Different” which was produced by Jesse Shatkin (under the moniker Belief).
Kosha Dillz has been featured in films and documentaries and has performed at The Billboard Awards. He is known for going out in the streets and freestyling, catching the attention of rapper Fat Joe in Los Angeles which was filmed and went viral. Recently, Kosha Dillz was featured on Wildin’ Out, hosted by Nick Cannon, which gave him a lot of national and worldwide publicity and notoriety.
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