Yoseph Robinson, a 34-year-old Jamaican-born hip-hop artist and record executive who converted to Orthodox Judaism, was shot to death yesterday at a kosher liquor store in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. According to eyewitness accounts, Robinson, who was on duty as a store clerk at the time, was fatally shot in the chest and arms after he tried to stop a hooded gunman from robbing his girlfriend.
The Daily News reports that Robinson wrote reggae songs inspired by verses from the Torah. According to his website, Robinson was in the midst of writing an autobiography, due out in December, which detailed his spiritual journey from drug dealer to rapper to black hat wearing Orthodox Jew. Robinson said he “turned to Judaism as a means to surrender control, accept humility, and educate.”
No arrests have been made in connection with the murder. According to news reports, over 100 Jews from the area assembled outside the store late last night to pay their respects.