Black Jewish Rapper Westside Gravy Is Calling Out Racism and Anti-Semitism
Noah Shufuntinsky, also known as Westside Gravy, writes and produces powerful rap music that celebrates the intersection of his Jewish and Black identities. He made waves in 2019 with his song “Diaspora” with lyrics like, “I’m a proud part of the diaspora in my heart I hold Jerusalem and Africa” and “Check out the flag that I’m waving, two blue stripes and a huge star of David.” His more recent songs “Benjamins Baby” and “Stereotypes” are just as bold, calling out modern anti-Semitism and institutionalized racism.
Noah has gone on to sing with Jewish reggae legend Matisyahu and on the AIPAC stage in 2020. — he is an artist to watch, and an outspoken young leader of the Jewish people. He’s done all this while still attending college at George Washington University. When I met Noah, I was in awe of his ambition, fierce support of the state of Israel, and how he uses his voice to amplify Black Jews. Recently he’s been popping off (rightfully so) so I wanted to check in before his hype gets too big.