Matisyahu: I rap, I rock, but religion is still in my soul

By Anna Sheinman, December 13, 2012

It has been a year of transition for the Jewish rap-reggae star, Matisyahu. Exactly 12 months ago, the performer who once rocked Rasta beats in peyot, tzitzit and a chest-length beard, shaved, took off his yarmulke and started making slick, mainstream-friendly pop.


Matisyahu: 'Sunshine' from 'Spark Seeker'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2012

A first listen of Matisyahu's new track "Sunshine" from his forthcoming album, out in July.


Matisyahu explains his shock shave

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2012

The now clean-shaven reggae superstar Matisyahu has written a letter to fans explaining his decision to cut off his signature beard and revealing the Jewish influences behind his latest record.


Matisyahu on his missing beard

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

The (former?) Chasidic rapper talks about his decision to shave his beard


Matisyahu shaves, quits Chasidic rap industry

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

The Orthodox Jewish rapper Matisyahu has shocked fans by shaving his beard and informing them that there is to be "no more Chasidic reggae superstar".

After posting a photograph of himself – shaven – on Twitter, he elaborated on his change on his website.


Mazel Tov: Matisyahu tweets birth of new son

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

Chasidic Jewish rapper Matisyahu has announced the birth of his third child.

The musician, famous for hits including Jerusalem and King Without a Crown, revealed the news on Twitter.

He wrote: "Tonight on the birthday of the rebbe, I was blessed with a baby boy."

He was referring to the spiritual leader of the Chasidic movement.


Matisyahu: 'Miracle' Chanucah song video

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2010
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The brilliant and very funny video for Matisyahu's new Chanucah song, produced by Kool Kojak.


Matisyahu takes on Adam Sandler with new Chanucah song

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2010

The Grammy-nominated Orthodox Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu has released a Chanucah song Jewish kids can “be proud of.”

The new tune Miracle is one of the tracks that can be heard on Festival of Light, the musician’s fifth Chanuach compilation.

It has been produced by Kool Kojak, who has worked with stars including Katy Perry and Ke$ha.


The moment when Matisyahu lost his cool

By Paul Lester, June 17, 2010

This is probably not the ideal moment to be interviewing Matisyahu, unless you enjoy the company of fired-up pop stars. Because it's the Tuesday after the Gaza aid flotilla incident and the Chasidic reggae artist and rapper - staying at the Holiday Inn in Brent Cross as he promotes his latest album, Light - is not happy.

The rangy New Yorker, 31 at the end of June, prowls around his hotel bedroom in kippah and green jogging pants. He places his tallit under his crumpled white T-shirt and sits down on the couch. In between mouthfuls of vegan curry, he assesses the events of the weekend.


World Cup Matisyahu

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2010

Jewish interest in the World Cup may be confined to a couple of players in the USA team and there isn't even an Israeli referee (which may be just as well). But at least we can draw pride from the inclusion of reggae Chasid, Matisyahu, on The Official Fifa World Cup 2010 album.

His song One Day is one of the 12 tracks picked for the charity record and contains the words "It's not all win or lose, We all lose".

A consoling thought when watching England.