That anger, a righteous anger fueled by Lieberman’s Jewish belief and roots, would characterize the better part of the artist’s next several efforts, finding him rebel against modern Judaic practices, seeking to discover the heart of the faith within the Torah. This battle overflowed into Lieberman’s music, leading to him to eventually be dubbed as the “Gangsta Rabbi,” while his sound continued to morph and grow, drawing comparisons to artists like Ian Anderson, Ozzy, Moondog, and Johnny Lydon, with college radio beginning to pick up his songs, eventually paving way for opportunities to play onstage with bands like Weezer and Andrew WK.
But the battle raged on, both internally and externally and the artist channeled his pain into his music through such tracks as “Public Suicide” “Dangerous To Myself”, and “Dance To The Beat of My Funeral Drum”, while Lieberman battled further bouts of depressive episodes leading to multiple hospital stays. Yet, each time he rebounded and, driven by a musical and religious passion, continued to create, eventually catching the eye of Matisyahu’s JDub Records, signing with them in 2009.
Then cancer came calling.
And while many may let a terminal diagnosis cripple them, Lieberman has done just the opposite, pouring himself into recording, crafting concept album Cancer Ward as a biographical look at his first four years battling while Blast-O-Rama and Terminator V617F continue to showcase the artist’s passion for life, his faith, and his music, never bowing down. With these projects, Lieberman sought to make the heaviest music possible, by fusing the distorted guitars of punk rock and metal, with the parade bombast of the alto, tenor and bass trombones. By doing this, in his own words, is how he is fighting cancer making each succeeding album more loud and aggressive as the one