Sneakas

Sneakas

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ISRAELI RAPPER FOR PEACE MAKES U.S. DEBUT - Taciturn Records & Sony Red Release Sneakas’ Album “In It For The Change” on April 8, 2008.

Biography

Taciturn Records has signed Israeli Jewish rapper Yoni Ben-Yehuda, a.k.a. Sneakas for his U.S. debut album, In It For the Change, to be released by Sony Red on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. The album will be available in retail locations nationwide, including Virgin Records for $11.99, and on iTunes for $9.99.

Sneakas’ next album is already in the works--a collaboration with Muslim rapper Mazzi. The album will focus on their view on the Middle East and American politics. Although the two rappers have differing opinions about the Middle East, the album is proof that forums of non-violent expression between Jews and Muslims do exist. Collaborators for this project include MC Search and Noose.

The 26-year old MC known as Sneakas, was born Yoni Ben-Yehuda in Tel-Aviv, Israel. After moving to Manhattan at age 11, he quickly became fascinated by Hip-Hop culture. Using his extensive musical background, which includes classical training in both bass guitar and drums, Sneakas started writing rhymes and producing his own music. After years of honing his skills in the underground circuit of New York City, Sneakas was signed in 2001 to the production company, Nu Media, whose production credits include the likes of Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Babyface, TLC, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Faith Hill, Kirk Franklin and Bob Dylan.

In 2003, Sneakas toured for a year in the Middle East, performing in hundreds of clubs, festivals, fundraisers and other venues. Since his return to New York in 2004, he has continued to carve a niche for himself in the NYC Hip-Hop scene with performances at B.B Kings, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Pussycat Lounge, Bowery Poetry Club, The Knitting Factory, M1-5, The Groove and The Bitter End.

As an artist, his mission is to initiate positive change in the world through music and his socio-political messages.

Lyrics

My Music

Written By: Sneakas

I’ma make it Jew what it Jew baby…Chyea!

Hey yo, my shoe game is sick quick to educate your ass/
Analog so ill someone should medicate his ass/
Put the both of us together what you get is better/
Then a triple Five leather with a dope built in sweater/
I’m hot. Weather or not you better or not/
In a battle I will tie I am better with knots/
Get it? Better with knots a song for my ego/
Uptown where you at? A song for my people/
Don’t try to act like you ain't heard our music/
Fuck an MP fruity loops is how I do it/
I’m gully, no big budget and no money/
At least since my mom took it all away from me/
Yea I know it's funny not a hater man/
But I stay on my grind like a skater man.
Now you know how I am so of course you understand/
When the bombs came from Iraq, Iran/

Do you Love My Music (Gotta make that music)
DO you Love My music (can't break that music)
Do you Love my Music (never fake that music)
Do you Love my Music (Uhuh Uhuh)

Now I know where you’re from and why you rappin killa/
But if Biggie came back he wouldn’t be a “Black Gorilla”/
This your boy Sneakas and I’m askin’ Through the Rappin/
What happened to Lil’ Kim she looks like Michael Jackson/
And Diddy, stop poppin Chris/
And find whose responsible for Poppin Chris/ /
I take it home and hug it while you lay it down and fuck it/
And the public knows the difference cuz I spit it like I love it
And you hate it cuz you jealous and you should be cuz we betters/
Analog could get it jumping so there’s nothing you could tell us/
I am, nice as hell, my crew is, nice as well/
They’re like don’t be Jewish cuz it might not sell!/
But the goal is not to go gold or platinum/
Flatten’em Fire bring the heat like Shaq and’em/
See the wack in’em and expose it/
Ladies get a burning bush like I'm Moses/

Do you Love My Music (Gotta make that music)
DO you Love My music (can't break that music)
Do you Love my Music (never fake that music)
Do you Love my Music (Uhuh Uhuh)

To the rappers that I “dissed” in this song I hope you feel me/
If not I will sell a Mil, the day after you kill me/
Fuck fame, I care about the songs I release/
If I wanted to blow up I would move back to the middle east/
Where everyday is like a little 9-11/
If you flex they drop bombs and not hot 9-7/
I paint pictures so vividly exquisitely/
Mcsneakas.com you should visit me/
For truth, love, music it get deeper/
Cut your leg off you can't get two sneakas/
One of a kind, and I, don’t need a gun/
Now flip that I'm the kind that can’t be won/
Champion, you a peon, a rapper I wouldn’t pee on/
In the club like a fridge I always get my “Freon”/
Get it “free-on” professionals like Leon/
The dopest even Jews and Arabs can agree on/
The fact that I shine like the sun injected with neon/
Last years haters I begging to put me on/
Their team and start scheming but, stop dreaming!
Sneakas is on a level that you could never be on….SUCKA!

In It For The Change

Written By: Sneakas

“Those people that give up essential liberties to obtain temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”—Ben Franklin

It feels like Armageddon, better buy your way to heaven/
Headlines “The world is ending” highlights at 11/
If you’re a pessimist your smart, otherwise you just a fool/
Cuz all the optimists I met drowned in half empty pools/
Of thought, it’s not a foul if you never get caught/
By that logic I found myself cuz I never get lost/
I spit the truth you wont hear in no poison Ivy schools/
And I can’t wear diamonds I’m too busy dropping jewels/
And back home I get more respect with my rap poems/
Then rich corporations get Money from back loans/
And KRS was right he said the rich get richer/
While homeless men bicker in the park of liquor
That’s why my heart is colder then New York in the winter/
The things I “wood” have done if I knew I was just a splinter/
Just a piece of the puzzle, we bleed for this hustle/
And shout Gangster gangster cuz the greed and the muscle/
Is what we want to be like, can’t understand why we fight/
Cuz even a blind man can see light, I see life/
Just through very different eyes now, I know that you surprised now/
Time to put an end to all the bullshit and the lies now/
No disguise now, try to visualize/
Cuz if your words live forever then you could never die/
That’s why I made an album called In It For The change/
Cuz I knew when I was done that it would never be the same/

These are the songs we use/
Can’t find our way confused/
Put all those things behind us/
To see what’s deep inside us/
That’s how we find a way/
We struggle fight and prey/ (everyday)
Grateful for what we have, cuz we know that it’ll never be the same/

On some “Fuck the Government” that’s exactly where you find me/
Cuz it only took Bush a day to react to the Tsunami/
So of course they did us grimy I cant put that shit behind me/
Believe me its not easy but I search what’s deep inside me/
I don’t write to get Punnani I will be the first to say that/
I’m in it for the change and that’s how I get my “payback”/
On some homie don’t play that, I’m here in living color/
You make music to make money I make music to give to others/
And its funny, we work so hard for these opportunities/
But usually they don’t pan out quite as fruitfully/
And truthfully I kind of feel assed out like nudity/
But wont let them keep me down that’s just the Jew in me/
Is you with me, otherwise I go against you/
Cuz even in accappelas what I say is instrumental/
Live the culture stand for your own like you’re supposed to/
So snitches in the team every man should be a soldier/
That’s the recipe now the dreams come to fruition/
And make music like the dude with the Q juslistin/
And learn take my advice but what you give in return/
Will determine your worth as a man when you sit in an urn/
And there it is, try to visualize/
Cuz if your words live forever, then you could never die/
That’s why I made an album called “In It For The Change”/
Now I’m done…and it will never be the same/

These are the songs we use/
Can’t find our way confused/
Put all those things behind us/
To see what’s deep inside us/
That’s how we find a way/
We struggle fight and prey/ (everyday)
Grateful for what we have, cuz we know that it’ll never be the same/

Middle Eastern Jumpoff

Written By: Sneakas

I used to be patient just chilling sitting and waiting/
Maintaining till the first time that you could see me on the Basement/
But then they told me to face it, that there’s no way I could make it/
Cuz I’m a Jewish rapper and all the people would hate it/
I told ‘em what about the fact that I could rap circles around/
Half these clowns would you still pass me down/
They said, absolutely, truth is you’re not new to me/
Then they kicked me out of their office quite rudely/
Now I'm back with a vengeance my decadence are ready/
To deliver a message if the people just let me/
I won’t fall to the ground like a piece of confetti/
Peep the sound with the beats done by Eddy/
Cuz I used to be patient just chilling sitting and waiting/
Now the only thing I do with patients is operations/
Basically, I’ll make my point slow before the hook/
Emcees are like hands, I leave them all shock/

Style, Middle Eastern Child Middle Eastern/
Beat Middle Eastern, Eat Middle Eastern/
Food Middle Eastern, rude Middle Eastern/
Walk Middle Eastern, talk Middle Eastern/
Move Middle Eastern, groove Middle Eastern/
Look Middle Eastern hook Middle Eastern
A lot Middle Eastern, hot Middle Eastern,
What you heard until today is Nor Middle Eastern/

Imagine having a rapper that’s so fucking hungry/
He could reach inside his stomach just to eat his own tummy/
Cuz I’m killing the beat when you try to program a sequence/
You catch a “Tech” for just reaching and now you crying and weeping/
These other rappers are sleeping they drinking Cris on the weekend/
But I won’t rest until I'm finished and my whole crew is eating/
And now you asking the questions, are you sure he’s that ill?/
Sure as Hilary Clinton’s favorite movie is Kill Bill/
Its Sneakas no features he preaches Reebok and Addidas/
Never profit off Religion like Mel Gibson did to Jesus/
Peep the way that the beat just, makes you move your feet/
Cuz I’m hotter then food that my people choose to eat/
Not dead in the Middle of little Italy, instead we latterly/
Leaving you dead in the little part of the Middle East/
So bump this song, blow your motherfucking trunk off/
Follow me and do the Middle Eastern jumpoff/

Style, Middle Eastern Child Middle Eastern/
Beat Middle Eastern, Eat Middle Eastern/
Food Middle Eastern, rude Middle Eastern/
Walk Middle Eastern, talk Middle Eastern/
Move Middle Eastern, groove Middle Eastern/
Look Middle Eastern hook Middle Eastern
A lot Middle Eastern, hot Middle Eastern,
What you heard until today is Nor Middle Eastern/

We the Best at everything in the Mediterranean/
Cooler women, hotter food and then better uranium/
I know some shady people and crazy Arabians/
That will stab you in the neck so just watch what you say to them/
Notice the focus the dopest rappers are hopeless/
They try to act like the owners but then they scatter like roaches/
Life is all guns and roses Christ, the Prophet, and Moses/
Then it all started here the Middle East was the Hostess/

Style, Middle Eastern Child Middle Eastern/
Beat Middle Eastern, Eat Middle Eastern/
Food Middle Eastern, rude Middle Eastern/
Walk Middle Eastern, talk Middle Eastern/
Move Middle Eastern, groove Middle Eastern/
Look Middle Eastern hook Middle Eastern
A lot Middle Eastern, hot Middle Eastern,
What you heard until today is Nor Middle Eastern/

The Virus

Written By: Sneakas

The Virus

Hey Yo, she struck him like lightning the first time their eyes met/
The sparks were igniting he couldn’t see all the lies yet/
Cuz in the moment you never see the consequence/
His shyness was drowned by liquor confidence/
He said, what up my name is Tony how you doin?/
I was just sitting with my people having a brew when/
I noticed you, sitting at the bar alone/
And New York’s a scary place so maybe I could take you home/
She was a mixture between J. Lo and Beyonce/
She even made him, forget about his fiancé/
While she was home alone sitting on his own bed/
You see he made the right decisions, just with the wrong head/
Next move came natural, time to get sexual/
At the crib she gave him more brains then intellectuals/
As far as sex, he was positive, that’s the best/
But the only positive thing, was his AIDS test/ The Virus

That’s what you get when you fuck with,
That’s what you get when you stuck with
That’s what you get cuz you fucked with
Now you lying in a box with the virus/
That’s what you get when you fuck with,
That’s what you get when you stuck with
That’s what you get cuz you fucked with
Now you lying in a box with the virus/

He didn’t get checked and didn’t think nothing of it/
Went back home to wifey just to get some good loving/
He crept in the door and saw her sitting on the sofa/
Where the fuck where you Tony, you and I are over!/
Baby girl stop tripping, come on just get a grip/
Get a grip? You mohterfucker you make me sick!/
Where the hell were you till 11 in the morning/
I was out with my friends! And you couldn’t even call me/
We got a little drunk, you know..a little weeded out/
Is that it Tony? What the fuck are you leaving out?
Please, stop testing me, come here sit next to me/
He started rubbing and kissing her neck so sexually/
He didn’t have a condom on him but she wasn’t gonna stop him/
He made her quiver like the breezes does to leaves in autumn/
I don’t need to spell it out, cuz you know the rest/
Ain’t nothing better then a day with some make-up sex/

That’s what you get when you fuck with,
That’s what you get when you stuck with
That’s what you get cuz you fucked with
Now you lying in a box with the virus/
That’s what you get when you fuck with,
That’s what you get when you stuck with
That’s what you get cuz you fucked with
Now you lying in a box with the virus/

Now both of them infected and they haven’t got a clue/
It gets better, they about to get married too/
Think about that, cuz this shit could happen to you/
Yo. What if you had AIDS, what the fuck would you do?
Now its 4 weeks-she doing some of that wedding planning/
Now its 3 weeks-she picking those bridal patterns/
Now its 2 weeks-my God the wedding’s about to happen/
Now its 1-week till a honeymoon in the Hamptons.
Life couldn’t get better, and Tony just got a raise/
Wifey’s a starving painter that’s starting to get paid/
But she was a few months late and her friends said don’t tell/
They said, don’t ruin it girl its all going so well/
But she had to tell him cuz she loved him so much/
Tony I'm three months late. What you mean, late for what?
I’m pregnant stupid you’re about to have a girl/
And that’s how an AIDS baby is brought into this world…The Virus!

Discography

In It For the Change features 15 tracks inspired by Sneakas’ personal experiences as an Israeli Jew--and boasts a series of Hip Hop heavyweights. Tracks with radio ready hooks include "My Music," “No Time for Games” (featuring Kool G Rap, Bless and GTO), “5 Mics” (feat. four Israeli rappers: Booskills, Shi 360, Sky and Subliminal), “Two Stories” (feat. Wordsworth), “Wit Us” (feat. Ras Kass) and “In It For the Change” (feat. Maya and Momy Levi).

The LP is also packed with social and political messaging in tracks like “The Virus,” “Middle Eastern Jumpoff,” “Learn to Fall” and “Uni Worship.”

Sneakas’ EP Rap, Kicks and Politics is also available on iTunes. For more information or to hear tracks, please visit www.myspace.com/mcsneakas.

Set List

Sneakas’ next album is already in the works--a collaboration with Muslim rapper Mazzi. The album will focus on their view on the Middle East and American politics. Although the two rappers have differing opinions about the Middle East, the album is proof that forums of non-violent expression between Jews and Muslims do exist. Collaborators for this project include MC Search and Noose.

In It For the Change features 15 tracks inspired by Sneakas’ personal experiences as an Israeli Jew--and boasts a series of Hip Hop heavyweights. Tracks with radio ready hooks include "My Music," “No Time for Games” (feat Kool G Rap, Bless and GTO), “5 Mics” (feat. four Israeli rappers: Booskills, Shi 360, Sky and Subliminal), “Two Stories” (feat. Wordsworth), “Wit Us” (feat. Ras Kass) and “In It For the Change” (feat. Maya and Momy Levi).

The LP is also packed with social and political messaging in tracks like “The Virus,” “Middle Eastern Jumpoff,” “Learn to Fall” and “Uni Worship.”