Video: Nissim – “The Black Miracle”
Hanukkah/Thanksgiving Poetry Slam Video Depicts Seattle Rapper’s Journey from Streets to Orthodox Judaism
To celebrate the holiday spirit, rapper Nissim released a new video in collaboration with Jewish website Aish.com. As he raps over beautifully-dark string parts, Nissim, formerly known as D.Black, describes the drugs and violence of the Seattle streets where he grew up. While the video is set in an abandoned building, the MC alludes to his mother’s tragic drug overdose death. Still, the video’s message feels uplifting: Nissim’s spiritual journey led him to Orthodox Judaism, which allowed him to overcome the circumstances of his difficult upbringing.
As D.Black, Nissim produced material for Young Buck and The Game. Nissim’s recently-released, self-titled album is his first full-length project since his conversion to Judaism.
Watch the video on Aish.com: http://www.aish.com/h/c/mm/sf/The-Black-Miracle-A-HanukkahThanksgiving-Poetry-Slam.html
Download the album here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nissim/id697801355
Nissim is a Seattle based recording artist/producer, who made his first impression nationally in 2008 as D.Black, on producer Jake One’s label, White Van Music, with the song “God Like”. While his earlier recordings were filled with tales of guns, drugs and violence, it was in 2009, with the release of Ali’ Yah that he quickly grabbed eardrums. The album was showered with accolades, landing the #12 spot on Amazon’s “Outstanding Album’s You Might Have Missed” list. It entered the CMJ Hip Hop Charts at #16, peaked at #4 for five weeks, and remained in the top 20 for nine weeks. The album’s first music video “Yesterday” entered rotation on multiple MTV networks. He performed at some of the countries most esteemed music festivals including; CMJ, SXSW, Capitol Hill Block Party, and Bumbershoot and shared the stage with NaS, Mos Def, Macklemore, Freeway, Rhymefest, Boot Camp Click and Bun B to name a few. As D.Black he teetered on the verge of becoming a household name in the underground, but something was missing, and the man who would become Nissim, found himself in the midst of a spiritual crisis. After a two-year hiatus and converting to Orthodox Judaism, Nissim dropped his former moniker and adopted a new name. He began a new journey, and in his own words aimed “to make music that inspires and elevates this world, to the world of spirituality and divine purpose.” Not your average MC, Nissim’s work is multidimensional, combining energy and passion, with a deep focus on personal growth through times of struggle.
“The Black Miracle” Video: http://www.aish.com/h/c/mm/sf/The-Black-Miracle-A-HanukkahThanksgiving-Poetry-Slam.html
“Revered” Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6dRBFGUkrM
“Sores” Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OrT8RV_mVk&feature=youtu.be
“World Heroes”: https://soundcloud.com/nissim-music/world-heroes/s-cGxaH
“Live For Now”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKA5BuGVIKo
Bio, pictures and streams available here: http://www.audibletreats.com/nissim/