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Talk Yiddish To Me

Hassidic comedian gives a Satmar feel to Jason Derulo's 'Talk Dirty' - but don't worry, it's all clean.
By Yoni Kempinski and Ari Soffer
First Publish: 4/13/2014, 3:56 PM

Ever wonder what American music star Jason Derulo would sound like in Yiddish?

No? Neither had we - but apparently Hassidic comedian Mendy Pellin had.

"Talk Yiddish To Me (Nisht Dirty Parody)" features Hassidic Jews rapping in Yiddish and English to the tune of Derulo's (rather different) song "Talk Dirty".

Arutz Sheva caught up with Mendy Pellin to find out about the messages of "Jewish pride" which underline the humorous mash-up, rich with heimische nuances and Yiddish references - and performed by a genuine Satmar hassid!

It all began with one tweet, says Pellin:

"I heard the Jason Derulo song for the first time while I was in Vegas filming a video with Avicii. Right when I heard the Jewish flavor to the song, I thought of a great tweet.

"A little after that I said, no this should be more than a tweet.

"I use to be a judge on the Jewish version of American Idol - called A Jewish Star... One of the contestants that I've been in touch with after the contest is Menachem Weinstein. I thought he'd be the perfect guy to put the song together with me, so I called him up... and we pushed out the track.

"Originally he did the rap part but I wanted an authentic Satmar feel to the yiddish - so I asked the guy that helped us write the yiddish lyrics to go into the studio booth and put down a track... He said he never did anything like this before and doesn't rap - but he went in there and I loved his blend of authentic R&B together with authentic B&H!

"Our Director of Photography was awesome - Mendel Katz... Pretty much everyone on this project was from the heimische world, so we were able to incorporate a lot of nuances that you wouldn't normally find in such a video. Like the rain cover on the hat. That is pure ghetto!

"We filmed this for Jewbellish - which is an awesome humor lifestyle brand started by myself and fashion king Jeff Rudes, Founder & CEO of J Brand Jeans. We created this free APP where people can test to see how Jewish they are. This video is a great lead-up to the release of the new version which will allow users to turn their face into a chasidishe guy with streimel/beard or girl with tichel and all."

How has the response been?
 
"My friends in the chasidishe world really loved it because they appreciate all the little things in it. And my secular friends love it because it's very unexpected. But the consensus from everyone is that I should grow out real long payos and start wearing a streimel. Everyone loves that look on me.

"I'm thinking about it."

There's some real gold in there - what's your favorite?

"My favorite line in the Yiddish rap: "I don't just have a regular minivan... It comes fully loaded with a back-up cam"

"That's so awesome, because in the R&B world they brag about their Bentley, etc., and the gold rims...

"But I figured if it's the heimishe world, instead of a Bentley it would be a mini-van - and instead of rims it would be a back-up cam that he's bragging about to his friend in the mikvah."