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April 19, 2012 10:27 am

Drake: Why I Made Bar Mitzvah Video

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Drake performing in his music video "HYFR". Photo: screenshot via Drake - HYFR ft. Lil Wayne (Official Video).

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.

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“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.

To read a commentary on the significance of Drake’s new video, click here.

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  • blasphemy

  • Hi there,

    I am happy, the happy younger Judaism child. Once i experienced the Pub Mitzvah in older days, my friend truly did not possess much cash.

    Thanks,
    David

  • Lisa Louise

    I agree. A very disturbing and (dare I say it?) vulgar video, that has to no positive pupose.

  • CM in CH

    Agreed. Plus he just plain sucks.

  • RC

    Simply horrifying… Had to turn off the video after half a minute. The juxtaposition of kodesh and vulgarity is just too painful to watch.

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