Talk Yiddish To Me
03/27/2014 - 20:11
Gabriela Geselowitz
Anderson and the Postmodern Jukebox band perform "Talk Dirty"... klezmer style. Photo courtesy YouTube
Anderson and the Postmodern Jukebox band perform "Talk Dirty"... klezmer style. Photo courtesy YouTube

At a glance, hip hop and klezmer don't seem like a natural mix.  But you ain't seen nothing yet.

Scott Bradlee and his "Postmodern Jukebox" project have been making the rounds on the Internet for some time. From covering Lana Del Rey as 1920s jazz to Miley Cyrus as 1950s Doo-Wop, the musical group has carved out a fanbase of those who are bored or dissatisfied with pop music, or want to hear their favorite contemporary songs in a new way. These musicians haven't invented the genre-shifting practice, but rather than stick to one new genre, they've kept experimenting.  And their latest experiment, of all things, is a klezmer cover of Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty."

In addition to the Jewish-sounding arrangement (fiddle and accordion included, of course), there is actually Yiddish in the song. Vocalist Robyn Adele Anderson counts off in Yiddish, and at the number's rap solo (originally by 2 Chainz) sings it in the mamaloshen seamlessly (the video also credits her as translator).

The video passed 100,000 views in 2 days, and has been warmly received by Jewish and non-Jewish Youtubers alike.

"Idle deedle didle Yo, bizatch," commented one user. And truer words were never spoken.

Comments

The Yiddish is completely unintelligible, unfortunately...

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