Picks and Pans Review: As Kosher as They Wanna Be

UPDATED 10/08/1990 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/08/1990 at 01:00 AM EDT

2 Live Jews

Oy! Those crazy kids in that Miami rap group 2 Live Crew! All the time singing about sexy goyls, using bad language you shouldn't tell a rabbi. Who needs this? If you vant to get the rap about life on the boardwalk, you gotta hear MC Moisha and Easy Irving, a couple of kidders called 2 Live Jews.

This duo's single "Oy! It's So Humid" maybe sounds a bissel like the 2 Live Crew song "Me So Horny." But Moisha and Irving skip the sex talk and kibitz like a couple of washed-up alter kockers about a day so hot that they had to stay inside the mall, the deli and a neighbor's air-Conditioned apartment. You shouldn't skip the other songs either. There's a rap about shopping wholesale, and an antidrug talk by a guest rapper who happens to be a very fine accountant, should you need one.

So if that's not enough proof that these guys aren't like other rappers, just look at their LP cover. It's not like the 2 Live Crew album that shows four sexy goyls in bikinis so small they could put your brother-in-law, the fabric king, out of business. On the 2 Live Jews album jacket, there's a zaftig gal who's 65 if she's a day old. And those rubber flowers on her swim cap—beautiful!

Woyd has it that Moisha and Irving are really Eric Lambert and Joe Stone, comedians and nice Jewish boys from Florida who vant to get a few laughs from their rap parody. So maybe they rehash some Jewish jokes that are older than your grandmother's chopped liver recipe. They won't go to jail for it. All right, they do toss around some woyds that could coyl the hair of at least one Florida judge if he spoke Yiddish. But not to worry. Fifty cents says these kosher hams couldn't even get banned on the borscht belt. (Kosher Records, 7360 SW 48th Street, Miami, FL 33155)

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