Album: The King Of Jewish Punk #30 & 68 (2017)

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Song: Jewish Boy in the Mosh-Pit

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Steve Lieberman (born 1958) (also known as the Gangsta Rabbi) (Hebrew name Lev Ava'ran bar-Eli'ezar ha-Bad'lan ha-Naz'ari) is a Jewish-American punk rock singer, musician, composer and producer residing in Freeport, New York. Considered an outsider musician,[2] "walking the line between insanity and genius [sic]",[3] partially attributed to his lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder,[4] which first struck him in 1970 at the age of 11 and his six-year fight with leukemia in his later years, he has commercially released 29 CDs as well as 38 cassette albums in the underground under the Bop Bop Bigger Bab'eL moniker and later reissued as "Bop Bop Bigger Bab-'eL featuring Steve Lieberman".[5] On all his releases, Lieberman sang and played all instruments himself. In addition to guitar, bass and beats, he added flutes, various brass instruments and a variety of exotic Eastern instruments .In his later years, he added and arranged a full range of trombones in an effort to fuse punk-rock with marching band music and elemental jazz,by combining these elements creating a more powerful sound, which he did beginning with his 24th cd, 2015's "Blast-O-Rama" and continuing through his 2016 releases, "Terminator V617-F" ,"The Gangsta Rabbi's Quadrophenia" and "The Gangsta Rabbi's Tommy" . He has shared the stage with Weezer, Andrew WK, Glassjaw, Ryan Dunn and the Misfits before retiring from performing in December 2011 to battle accelerated phase myeloprolifirative leukemia.[6] He had briefly returned to the stage in the spring of 2016 to perform the entire Gangsta Rabbi's Quadrophenia on a three-stop farewell tour as a solo act, accompanying himself on his trademark distorted bass, a 3-string Fender Stratocaster and alto trombone,as he remained prolific in the studio, producing no less than six full length cd's between 2012 and his death.

In 2009, Lieberman signed a multi-album deal with Jewish indie label JDub Records,[7] taking the place of Matisyahu on their artist roster. As of the spring of 2011, Lieberman, a town comptroller by trade, was "the world's only orthodox Jewish heavy metal musician with a record deal", according to Newsday