Steve Lieberman (born 21 June 1958), also known as the Gangsta Rabbi and The King of Jewish Punk,(Hebrew name ליב פרץ בין אליאזר ה־בדלן ה־נזדי or Lev Ava'ran bar-Eli'ezar ha-Bad'lan ha-Naz'ari) is an American punk rock /metal singer, songwriter, multi-instrumental musician, composer, arranger, producer and former village comptroller residing in Freeport, New York. He is a Hebrew Nazarite, the founder of The Bad'lanim, a minority sect of Judaism and a vegetarian since 1995. Lieberman is often considered an outsider musician, described as "walking the line between insanity and genius [sic]". This has been partially attributed to his lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder, which first struck him in 1970 at the age of 11, as well as his nine-year fight with progressive leukemia in his later years, which ultimately was deemed terminal and has become a recurring theme in his lyrics. After being admitted into home hospice care in early 2018, Lieberman, during his last years of recording had produced his most prolific and sometimes most experimental music of his career, as he was aware time was running out on him. Lieberman had arranged orchestral parts to blend with his punk/thrash style, fusing it to progressive rock ( The Gangsta Rabbi's Punk Thrash Thick as a Brick/A Passion Play), opera (recreating a fully orchestrated three-hour version of Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore) and his classical punk/thrash fusion The Gangsta Rabbi's Thrash Opus Year 1812 Festival Overture in E♭ Major, lasting 38 minutes. On 12 March 2019, he finished his final project, "La Symphonie-Thrashe du Professeur-Juif Rebele" (the thrash symphony for the Gangsta Rabbi), where he arranged, orchestrated and recorded playing eighteen different instruments over forty opuses, based on his punk catalog running over five hours long . Over his career, he has commercially released over 35 CDs and 38 cassette albums in the underground, using the Bop Bop Bigger Bab-èL moniker and reissued in 2016 for the 25th anniversary of his first cassette album, "Bang the Bass Bopmania" as "Bop Bop Bigger Bab-èL featuring Steve Lieberman". On all his releases, Lieberman sings and plays all instruments. On the early primitive-sounding cassette releases during the 1990s he played chords and leads on a distorted bass accompanied by a Yamaha DD-6 drum machine. By 2002 as he started releasing commercial cd's, he added and featured flutes as well as various brass instruments and a variety of Eastern instruments. In his later years, he has added 6-string guitars and arranged and played a full brass and woodwind choir in an effort to fuse punk rock with marching band music and jazz, and eventually opera and classical He 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. He briefly returned to the stage in the spring of 2016 to perform Gangsta Rabbi's Quadrophenia performed in its entirety 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 nine full-length CD's since 2012. In 2009, Lieberman signed a multi-album deal with Jewish indie label JDub Records, 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. His 2010 song "No Festival of Lights (On This Hanukkah)" has received honorable mention placement in the Song of the Year Award Although Lieberman's music seemingly had little commercial success, unaudited download and stream sales of his first 35 records topped 1,000,000 in 16 years with about half of them happened in 2018.In September 2018, Lieberman's single, "The Diarrhea Song" had briefly appeared on the Apple iTunes Top 100 UK Rock chart, peaking at #22.He received airplay on Rich Russo's free-form Anything Anything with Rich Russo radio show on New York City WRXP 101.9 and WDHA-FM 105.5 commercial rock radio stations. Throughout the shows Lieberman's music was featured on, Russo described him as "Jethro Tull meets the Beastie Boys, a one-man Jethro Tull" as well as "an inspiration to all suffering from serious illness" Additionally, Lieberman enjoyed some success on college radio, where The Rabbi Is Dead peaked at #3 on KZSU Stanford University in 2012 and "Jewish Pirate" had a one-week appearance at #8 on WUSB (FM)Stony Brook University two years after release in 2008. In the spring of 2013, as his cancer progressed to myelofibrosis leukemia, Lieberman took the now obscure biblical Nazarite vow for life which he later attributed to his unexpected relatively long survival with the disease. In the fall of that year, he announced plans for a final album to be called Cancer Ward which was released on 30 December 2014. It is a concept album, dealing with Lieberman's six-month-long chemotherapy treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the third consecutive course of treatment which failed to suppress his disease's progression. The repeating theme of Cancer Ward is Steve Lieberman, living on borrowed time with a resistant uncurable cancer, while always contemplating his imminent, early demise. Lieberman took a full year to finish "Cancer Ward" because of frequent hospitalization .