DeScribe

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DeScribe
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Background information
Birth name Shneur Hasofer
Born (1982-07-01) 1 July 1982 (age 35)
Sydney, Australia
Genres Jewish hip hop, pop, dancehall, reggae fusion
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2008–present
Labels Shemspeed
Associated acts Matisyahu

Shneur Hasofer (Hebrew: שניאור הסופר‎), better known by his stage name DeScribe ("Hasofer" translating from Hebrew as "the scribe"), is an Australian-born Israeli singer-songwriter who lives in the United States. His music combines elements of pop, dance, and reggae.

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

DeScribe was born in Sydney, to a Hasidic Jewish family. His mother, Devorah Hasofer, is a singer/songwriter who has released four albums and performs primarily in the Hasidic communities in Australia and Israel.[1] A drummer since the age of five, in his preteen years he participated in the recordings of his mother's albums and performed with her as a special guest.[2]

At the age of 14, Hasofer's parents sent him to Jerusalem to study in a yeshiva. He spent a year in the yeshiva and then, remaining in Israel, he "left the Jewish way of life and did a lot of stupid things," many of which were illegal.[3] His family's move to Beitar Illit in 1998 did little to curb his wildness.[2]

In 2000, at age 17, DeScribe joined the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a combat sharpshooter, serving for three years at the height of the Second Intifada, experiencing intense action on a near-daily basis.[3] After being discharged, he remained in Israel, organising a concert tour featuring affiliates of the Wu-Tang Clan Remedy and Killah Priest, gaining an inside view of the hip hop scene.[4]

Around 2004, he began to feel an overwhelming desire to leave his shady lifestyle and return to a religious one.[5] "I started to change the way I thought and behaved and in Judaism I found something that was real that brought happiness to a dark place in my life," he has said.[2] In 2006, he moved to Brooklyn to attend Tifferet Menachem, where he was given permission to set up a music studio inside the yeshiva.[2]

Career[edit]

In 2008, after an early music video was picked up by the Israeli media, he was invited to play the Highline Ballroom in New York with Perry Farrell.[3] Shortly thereafter, he had a chance encounter with Rohan Marley (Bob Marley's son) on the streets of New York City. Marley later asked DeScribe to create the theme song for his company, Marley Coffee, which supports environmental and social justice causes in Jamaica and around the world. DeScribe came up with "Livin' for the Grind," inspired by Bob Marley's 1962 single "One Cup of Coffee."[6]

DeScribe's 2010 single "Harmony" was celebrated as "a groundbreaking tool for unity and racial harmony" by Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Crown Heights riot.[3]

In early 2011, DeScribe collaborated with Matisyahu on the dancehall track "Pure Soul." The proceeds from the song benefit The Friendship Circle, a nonprofit organisation that assists children with disabilities.[6]

Artistic style[edit]

"My music is about unity," DeScribe has said, "and we all have one God whether we are Jewish, Christian or Muslim. We are brothers and we share this world together."[6]

Discography[edit]

EPs and albums[edit]

Release date Album Label
16 March 2010 Harmony (EP) Modular Moods/Shemspeed
14 May 2010 The Change EP
(DeScribe & Y-Love)
13 November 2012 We R 1 (EP)
Produced by Tronmusiq
DeScribe Music Group, Inc.
30 November 2012 OWO (One World Order)
18 December 2013 DeScribe With the Lyrical Vibe(EP)
20 May 2016 The Summer Throwback Mix

Singles/appearances[edit]

  • "Harmony" – DeScribe, on Harmony, Modular Moods/Shemspeed. Released 16 March 2010.
  • "Change" – DeScribe & Y-Love, prod. Prodezra, on The Change EP, Modular Moods. Released 14 May 2010.
  • "Boom Selecta" – Shemspeed MCs vs. Electro Morocco (feat. Y-Love, DeScribe, Kosha Dillz & Eprhyme), Shemspeed. Released 12 July 2010.
  • "Move On" – Y-Love feat. DeScribe, Diwon Music. Released 10 August 2010.
  • "Modern Day Music" – DeScribe & Smoolik, on Sephardic Music Festival, Vol. 1, Shemspeed. Released 30 November 2010.
  • "Livin for the Grind (Marley Coffee)" – DeScribe, Shemspeed. Released 22 December 2010.
  • "Pure Soul" – DeScribe feat. Matisyahu, Shemspeed. Released 22 March 2011.
  • "Acharon Acharon, Chaviv (Diwon Remix)" – Lipa Schmeltzer & DeScribe, Shemspeed. Released 23 August 2011.
  • "In the Stereo" – DeScribe feat. Idan Raichel. Released 21 February 2012.
  • "Dreamer" – DeScribe, on DeScribe With the Lyrical Vibe. Released 7 November 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Contributions of Jewish Women to Music and Women to Jewish Music,” JMWC.org. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d David Brinn, “DeScribing a plan to save the world,” The Jerusalem Post, 15 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d Jacob E. Osterhout, “Crown Heights rapper DeScribe utilizes Hasidic faith to produce beats, rhymes with hip-hop flair,” Daily News|location=New York, 12 April 2011.
  4. ^ Amy Sciarretto, "DeScribe's 'Pure Soul' Single Features Matisyahu and Benefits The Friendship Circle," Artistdirect, 9 February 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  5. ^ Elad Nehorai, “Lyrics That uplift: Rappers Who Found Their Soul Through Their Music,” Chabad.org. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  6. ^ a b c Alan Zeitlin, "Will DeScribe Be the Breakout Artist of 2011?", The Los Angeles Blueprint, 3 January 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.

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