The recently released video for hip-hop artist Drake’s new song “HYFR” has received a lot of attention for it’s bar mitzvah themed storyline.
The video, which starts out with actual footage of Drake at a bar mitzvah when he was a young boy, moves to a temple where Drake gets his “re-bar mitzvah”, as other hip-hop artists, including Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled are present at the ceremony.
While filming the video in Miami, Drake provided insight into why he wanted his “re-bar mitzvah”.
“I’m proud, a proud young Jewish boy. When I had a Bar Mitzvah back in the day, my mom really didn’t have that much money. We kinda just did it in the basement of an Italian restaurant, which I guess is kinda like a faux pas,” he told a videographer for Cash Money Records.
“I told myself that if I ever got rich, I’d throw myself a re-Bar Mitzvah. That’s the concept for the video,” Drake said.
The video was shot inside a real synagogue in Miami.
“Stunna Man [hip-hop artists Birdman] and Khaled had to come and show their support. I learned my Torah portions; they had to come hear me read it,” he said.
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