Sunday, August 08, 2004

Rappin' Jewish

The New York Times reports on jailed rapper Jamaal "Shyne" Barrow:
With the performer behind bars in upstate New York, a concert tour is out of the question. So is the customary swing through radio station studios in the biggest markets. The New York State Department of Correctional Services has started to enforce rules limiting the number of reporters who can visit. And whatever modest publicity efforts Shyne can undertake will not take place on Friday nights or Saturdays - he recently began observing the Jewish Sabbath, a nod, he says, to his great-grandmother, an Ethiopian Jew."
There's no word as to whether Barrow's conversion was an attempt to enable the rest of his sentence to be served at Otisville Federal Penitentiary instead of the Clinton Correctional Facility where he is currently incarcerated. V'Dai L'chakima b'rimiza.