Brooklyn / USA
Erez Safar a.k.a. Diwon, is an Orthodox Jew from a Yemenite background, currently living in Brooklyn. He was named by The Forward as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Jews and has been featured in articles in the New York Times, on CBS and BBC World News. His vision of an entrepreneurial venture devoted to Jewish music with a strong educational and social message has evolved into Shemspeed, a music production group that promotes Jewish identity, diversity and Israel involvement through recordings and dynamic programming. Shemspeed talent has performed with artists as varied as Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, Idan Raichel and Eminem, and been profiled in Rolling Stone Magazine, SPIN, The New York Times and XXL. TV appearances include Conan O'Brien, CBS and BBC World. http://shemspeed.com
I’m really psyched about this track I did with Y-LOVE’S which features Israeli artist ONILI. It’s definitely the perfect track to re-introduce Y-Love as the first gay rapper to come out of the closet mid-career.
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Media darling Lana Del Rey undergoes a facelift to her exalted album titled single “Born To Die,” by the emcee/producer duo of Kyle Rapps and Diwon. Originally consisting of haunting string quartets and weighty percussion, Diwon’s production overhaul adds a sampled violin progression coupled with a “golden era” influenced drum track. Lyrically, Rapps takes a walk on the wild side with verses that detail both his drive towards success while confronting a past checkered by substance abuse. “Rap was criminal music before it got pretentious, son I’m not a profit, I just like to drop a gem inside a sentence.”
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Azealia Banks is a great example of staying true to your grind and not giving up. Just after she played 212 for her former label, XL, they dropped her and she funded the video herself only to be called ‘the future of music’ by Kanye with shout outs by Gweneth Paltrow, now she’s at 20 million hits and changing the hip hop game. Diwon gives her Van Vogue single an freak out remix.
THE BEAT GUIDE TO YIDDISH (mixtape) DOWNLOAD THE MIX FOR FREE and hear Yiddish in a way you would have never thought possible.
Diwon has been featured on MTV for his blend of hip hop and dancehall, on 2DOPEBOYZ & ALL HIP HOP for his rap flips of 80′s inspired sonics, but it’s his unique blend of world music and cultural rarities with beats that give his work that distinct Diwon feel. In ‘The Beat Guide To Yiddish’, Diwon’s use of traditional Yemenite and Sephardic music, sets him apart from other artists in the genre. Influenced heavily by his family’s roots in Yemen, Ethiopia and Israel, the multicultural maestro is always full of suprises and this release from a couple years back, is no exception. Diwon’s Beat Guide mixes some of his own music into forgotten sounds from Eastern Europe.
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*Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” packs so much heartbreak and pain into every note that it’s nearly impossible not to sing along and feel what she’s feeling. The song takes another turn with Diwon’s remix, bridging the upbeat feel of a club track and downtempo feel of a song meant for headphones and lonely nights.
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Israeli/North African MC SHI 360 releases “Shalom Haters” video which received over 30,000 unique views in one week and debuted on Vibe Magazine’s All Hip Hop site. This Platinum artist from Israel, has toured all over the world with acts from Subliminal to Killah Priest. The video shares a title with SHI 360′s full length break out English record, ‘Shalom Haters’ which hit stores world-wide today’s on Shemspeed/360 Music Records.
SHI 360 is anything but your typical hip hop artist. With the credo “Don’t be afraid to think,” SHI 360 combines deft rhymes and fresh, genre-shifting beats with bold social and political messages that spread harmony and peace worldwide. His newest album, “Shalom Haters”, arrives on the global hip hop scene at a time when the media has been astoundingly silent in response to recent rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.
Much of the records songs are a desperate plea for truth in media reporting as well as a cry to stop the seemingly endless violence in the Middle East. The record is a mix of various hip hop styles including American underground and Israeli club. The album’s lead single, “Forgive & Forget” reaffirms both sides’ shared human suffering, acknowledging “I see your pain/I know you see my pain” and urges people to rise up against media-perpetuated lies – “How do you think/The cameraman is close to the fire? The work is for hire/Showing what they want to inspire.”
SHI 360’s hard-hitting lyrics are balanced by a piano-driven beats and guest features from global emcees including the much anticipated return of one of Israel’s most celebrated rapper, Booskills. Booskills is responsible for the biggest Israeli club hits through his collaborative work with Subliminal. Surrounded by controversy, Booskills highly anticipated album, “Two Worlds” was never released which left the Israeli market waiting for more from this talented artist. Booskills feature on SHI 360′s “Shalom Haters” title track has been a long time coming and finally puts an end to a 7 year wait
Bringing information strikingly missing from today’s headlines to the forefront of attention, “Shalom Haters” challenges media consumers to reassess what they’re being told and instead to focus on our shared goal to “build a stronger tomorrow” and to finally “put our hands out, and our arms down.”
SHI 360 has sold platinum records in his collaboration with rapper Subliminal and TACT. Significantly influencing the modern Israeli hip hop scene, his appeal is international. His collaboration with the TACT All-Stars album was a ground-breaking, commercial triumph that captivated Israel’s music world, selling gold in its first day of release – making music history in Israel.