Are you ready for some new Hanukkah music?
A vocal group called Six13 that includes two Rockland County natives has released a video that turns three popular songs into Hanukkah anthems.
It’s also tremendously fun to watch.
The video, called “I Like It,” is said to be going viral. I’m not sure what the standard is, but the video has gotten over 61,000 views in a couple of days on YouTube.
Alan Zeitlin, a member of the group who comes from Monsey (and used to work for the Journal News), says this: “It was very cool when Adam Sandler’s Chanukah song came out. But it was definitely time for something new. I think in an age where viral videos have become extremely powerful, it’s a great way to impact people. I think people appreciate this video because the parodies are funny but also musically sound and it’s great to see different people in parts of the city.”
Six13 is a Jewish a cappella group that performs all over, including during the seventh-inning stretch of a Mets game.
Band member Mike Boxer, who arranged the music and wrote most of the lyrics, is from Spring Valley.
The video turns Justin Bieber’s “Baby” into “Dreidel,” Kayne West’s “Heartless” into “Latkes,” and Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It” into “I Light It.”
The National Council of Synagogue Youth asked Six13 to come up with some Hanukkah parodies of pop songs. Boy did they deliver.
Check it out:
Here’s a comment from Boxer: “It wasn’t too tough to come up with new words. These are great songs with great melodies that you can take it all sort of lyrical directions, and when it comes to our heritage, there’s lots to sing about!
I’m definitely happy with the way we came off in the video—after all at the end of the day we are six white Jewish guys doing hip-hop. But what I love best is getting to see the whole city getting down to the music, all races, all ages, all backgrounds. Truly a unifying effort and really embodies the spirit of the holiday season!
Rapping like that was tough, because I’d never really tried anything much like it before. But I took a deep breath and gave it my best shot. Turns out, I got flow.”