Inimitable rap musician and national treasure Your Old Droog is ending 2019 with more than just a bang. After releasing the acclaimed projects It Wasn’t Even Close and Transportation earlier this year, the prolific artist is back with the brand new album Jewelry. Released just in time for the start of Chanukah, Jewelry is a celebration of YOD’s Jewish heritage, which he is now officially revealing to the public for the first time. The album features guest appearances from the likes of Matisyahu, MF DOOM, and Mach-Hommy (who also wears the hat of executive producer on the project), with beats by Quelle Chris, Tha God Fahim, Edan, Preservation, and more. Jewelry is now available at all digital outlets, and for physical pre-order on limited-edition vinyl, CD, cassette, and deluxe edition.
“In the early years of my career I sometimes shared the story of my immigration to the U.S., from the Ukraine, in time for kindergarten. At that age I was already aware that I was not really “Ukrainian” as the natives confidently classified…maybe because in the Ukraine, my family and I were simply identified as Jews, or any of the number of unfriendly terms that Jewish people were, and often still are, called. So as far back as I can remember, I was never taught to hide that I was a Jew, this reflex habit developed so early that it seems like a natural born instinct. An instinct which was still required in considerable magnitude when we moved here to another environment that doesn’t exactly embrace Jews. Well, I’m no longer going to diminish my heritage for your comfort, some people hate simply for the sake of hating, let them crumble under the weight of that burden…we will celebrate light and life…I’m a Jew in America. This is my story. Shalom.” –Your Old Droog
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