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After Y-Love making the front page of CNN as the only gay rapper to come out of the closet mid-career, Russell Simmons' put together an interesting interview with him as the single and music video, "Focus on the Flair" hit the streets.

Watch this hilarious video - http://bit.ly/IZGf0t

Russel Simmons' Global Grind piece with Y-Love - http://globalgrind.com/music/y-love-people-talk-white-privilege-straight-privilege-far-more-pervasive-interview

CNN - http://inamerica.blogs.cnn.com/2012


Y-Love, known for years as the world's first African-American Orthodox hip-hop artist and now the first artist to come out of the closet before an album release, is no stranger to the progressive political arena. He was featured on the campaign YouTube of Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schulz (D-FL) in 2011, and he has been a repeated invité of Pres. Shimon Peres to the Israeli Presidential Conference since 2009.

But this year Y-Love (Yitz Jordan) took his politics to the next level. In 2012 he was chosen to be a part of the "If I Were A Rich Man" Tour, sponsored by Bend The Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, a 501(c)(4) PAC representing the progressive Jewish voice for social justice. The tour culminated with Y-Love's participation in the 2012 Democratic National Convention as a "Special Guest" of Bend the Arc, leading Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), head of the Progressive Caucus, to call Y-Love "a real grassroots organizer."

When Y-Love released his first mixtape in 2005, the world took note of the first African-American Orthodox hip-hop artist. Called a "crossover success" by the Jerusalem Post for branching out from the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community to which he converted in 2000, Y-Love made waves in 2012 when he became the first hip-hop artist to come out of the closet as gay before an album release.

Y-Love's writing has been featured in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Advocate.com, and the Jerusalem Post, and he is a contributor to both Huffington Post Religion and Gay Voices. He is also a noted writer and pundit in the Jewish world. He blogs for Jewschool.com and Jewlicious.com and attends conferences worldwide where he speaks on his unique perspectives as a Jew of color in music.

In addition to his music, Y-Love is a prolific web programmer in the world of advertising. He worked on the 2012 campaigns for Dr Pepper, Honda, and Calvin Klein -- as well as the website for the NYC General Assembly for Occupy Wall Street.

Y-Love's coming out announcement debuted at #1 on OUT Magazine's Out.com and was front-page news on CNN. Y-Love is listed as an "Up and Coming Out-and-Proud LGBT rapper" by Russell Simmons' GlobalGrind. The world’s first black "Jewish MC," Y-Love has been featured in hundreds of forums including Conan O'Brien, USA Today, XXL Magazine, The Australian, and Italy's La Repubblica. He is also the subject of a new documentary entitled "Y-Love" debuting nationally later this year.


Count It (Modular Moods, 2007)
This is Babylon (Modular Moods, 2008)
The Change EP (Modular Moods/Shemspeed 2009, radio airplay in US and Israel, 250K views for single "Change" on YouTube)
Focus on the Flair (Bancs, 2012) debut on the front page of OUT.com, CNN.com and GlobalGrind.com

Set List

All-original, 45 minute (roughly) set, includes, generally:

"Boom Selecta"
"Bring it On Down"
"This is Unity"
"For My People"
"Wake Up/Moneymaker"
"See Me"
"Make It"
and may include a short freestyle or introduction in between songs