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Matisyahu

When Matisyahu emerged in 2004 with his debut album, Shake Off the Dust...Arise, his musical persona seemed a novelty to some. Here was a Hasidic Jew -- dressed in a black suit with a broad-brimmed black hat worn over a yarmulke, and sporting a full, untrimmed beard -- who nevertheless performed toasting raps about the glories of traditional Judaism over reggae beats in a dancehall style directly from Jamaica. Moreover, he punctuated his performances with stage diving. It may have seemed like a joke at first, but Matisyahu was serious about his craft, and his diverse style soon garnered Grammy nominations, gold record certifications, and a broad audience.

Matisyahu was born Matthew Miller on June 30, 1979, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Berkeley, California, which they eventually ditched for White Plains, New York. Miller initially rebelled against his traditional Jewish upbringing, considering himself a Deadhead and a hippie by his early teens. But at the age of 14, during a camping trip in Colorado, he reconciled himself to Judaism and visited Israel shortly thereafter. After returning to White Plains, he dropped out of high school and traveled the country to attend Phish concerts. Back at home again, he agreed to let his parents send him to a wilderness school in Bend, Oregon, where he became enamored of reggae and hip-hop, and began rapping at open-mike competitions. He returned to New York at 19 to attend the New School for Social Research in Manhattan, but also joined the Carlebach Shul, a synagogue where his musical interests were encouraged. Meeting a Lubavitch rabbi, he became interested in the strict Lubavitch Hasidic sect of Judaism and renamed himself Matisyahu.

Continuing to perform, Matisyahu assembled a backing band consisting of guitarist Aaron Dugan, bassist Josh Werner, and drummer Jonah David. The group recorded Shake Off the Dust...Arise, which was released by JDub Records in 2004. While touring in support of the album, Matisyahu recorded one of his February 2005 concerts and released the material as Live at Stubb's, which was issued in April courtesy of Or Music before getting picked up for national distribution by Epic Records. Epic reissued it on August 23, 2005, as Matisyahu toured around the country and prepared a second studio album with producer Bill Laswell. The final product, Youth, appeared in March 2006 and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Reggae Album. A simultaneously released dub version of the album was made available to mail-order customers.

Meanwhile, Matisyahu's backing musicians chose to release additional material on their own, adopting the name Roots Tonic for the side project. Roots Tonic Meets Bill Laswell marked the group's debut in May 2006, and by the end of the year the EP/DVD combo No Place to Be was also released. Jonah David dropped out of the band in June 2007, however, and Roots Tonic effectively disbanded, despite the enlistment of replacement drummer Skoota Warner. The entire group (sans David) turned its focus back to Matisyahu instead, and Light marked the singer's third LP upon its release in August 2009. Two years later, Live at Stubb's, Vol. 2 would appear, this time with a companion DVD release. In late 2011, the singer posted a picture with a shaved head and payes cut with the caption, "No more Chassidic reggae superstar." As such, his 2012 effort Spark Seeker was more secular pop, and was produced by Kool Kojak, who had previously worked with Kesha and Nicki Minaj. In 2014, Matisyahu released his fifth LP, Akeda. The tracks had been written while on tour and then recorded at Studio G with producer Stu Brooks. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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Track List: Watch The Walls Melt Down (Single)

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Live is awesome. I'd love to see Matisyahu live.
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I love Matisyahu. :-)
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I can totally relate to all the lyrics. Truly unique too say the least. I'm a Jew and understand the higher being struggle... Finding the mystery in the magic my friend. L'chaim!!!
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King Without A Crown: GREAT LOGIC IN THE LYRICS. :-) Yes, rap in good taste, thank you very much. :-) And this is more Reggae than anything.
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Live Like A Warrior: I LOVE MATISYAHU'S MUSIC.... LISTEN AND LEARN BABIES...THE R E ARE MESSAGES HERE FOR YOU AS WELL HERE. PEACE, LOVE, AND HAVE FUN BABIES. YES. THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. :-)
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A M AZ ing! #OneLove
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One of my favorite song artist.
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Fire of Freedom: FIRE OF FREEDOM BABIES. Root them like thunder, like a runaway train. LIGHT UP THE FREEDOM FLAME FOR AMERICA BABIES.
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This song really specks to me it hit me on a hole nother level I wonder what this song means to him
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I LOVE WHAT MATISYAHU HAS TO SAY IN EVERY SONG HE HAS EVER MADE. I can tell that he is a very wise man beyond his years. Just by the logic in his lyrics.
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Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this under 5 songs
Look under pillow
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um great station
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Live Like A Warrior: EXACTLY PLEASE DO SO. GET UP AND WALK.. WE ARE NOT MADE TO CRAWL. LIVE LIKE A WARRIOR..A SPIRITUAL WARRIOR.
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andrewe95
And Ooklah the Moc
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Awesome songs


Watch the walls Melt down

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King Without A Crown: GREAT SONG....LOGI C IN THE LYRICS IS GREAT AS WELL.
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Time of Your Song: Beautiful :-)
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don't you just love reggae its just so awesome :-D
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TAKE UP YOUR BED.. YOUNG MAN...COME.. . . A N D FOLLOW ME.. Listen to your God and LEARN.
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Lord Raise Me Up: I LOVE MATISYAHU AND WHAT HE IS ABOUT. I LOVE THE LOGIC AND LYRICS IN HIS MUSIC. LORD RAISE ME UP FROM THE GROUND...I'V E BEEN HERE TOO LONG... WAY TOO LONG. THANKYOU VERY MUCH.
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Wait wait wait. So, he's a Jewish guy who sings reggae? Well, there's the modern world for ya! Good stuff...and I'm not even a reggae fan.
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I saw Matisyahu for the first time at a reggae fest in Panama City, FL...and WOW, he is awesome!
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Sunshine: NICE
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Below was a comment meant for andrewgray6. . Pandora fails to mention these things when they post this stuff to this sight rather than the sight belonging to andrew gray. Thanks Pandora. PEACE.
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You spend too much time on these comments.
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I could have swore that you were standing right in front of me at the peace, love concert. THAT was a nice thought.
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I Believe in Love: I LOVE THIS SONG RIGHT HERE. :-)
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Beat Box: THIS IS A FORM OF MUSIC ART MY PANDORA PALS. CHECK THIS OUT. :-)
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I LOVE MATISYAHU. I love what he is about with his music. Great music, great logic in the lyrics. I SAY LISTEN AND LEARN BABIES.
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Late Night in Zion: Great music, great lyrics. Thank you. :-)
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Mist Rising: Great song, great lyrics, great music.
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Time of Your Song: Well, you know, they say that eventually the truth comes out. May as well just tell it like it is. You know?
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Chantel. Nine my a**. On stage twice....Wha t . The.
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O Israel black people Hebrew when are we going back to Jerusalem Zion
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O Israel black people Hebrew when are we going back to Jerusalem Zion
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I have seen you in concert 4 times and you were AWESOME
I am nine and when I was three I would always say daddy turn on chop em down i would always sing along kinda like karaoke but now i always say turn on watch the walls melt down I have been up on stage at 2 of your concerts and met your sons in the tour bus we got to hang out in there to
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Saw Matisyahu at Utah reggae rise up festival and loved it great performer!
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no one cares
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I have come to the conclusion that I am Matisyahu's biggest fan on Pandora. YEAAA!! Do you see anyone else around here?? NOOO!! HAHAHA
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Sunshine: Nice, nice, very nice. :-)
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Refuge: Beautiful, beautiful song. Great lyrics. Great logic; Great music amen. Thank you very much. :-)
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Time of Your Song: Thank you :-)
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Makes you wish you were just a few years younger. Does age matter when it comes to good loving? :-)
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Youth: Some youth are very smart and mature for their age and very handsome too. Too young for me, but then someone said to me the other day that age doesn't matter if you're old enough to pay the bills. OMG. Youth these days man.
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keep that crap to urself Bea, this is music only
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The Akeda is arguably one of the most important stories in Jewish tradition. It is the root of God's promise to the Jewish people of land and of forgiveness of sin, the adumbration and the story of the chosenness of Ishmael (proper spelling and pronunciatio n is from the Hebrew or Jewish name of Ysmael) Hello… that would be me… thank you :=). Jewish is Y and Arabic is I. so you choose. Either way it comes down to Ysmael. PEACE.
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My favorite song by Matisyahu is FOR YOU.. :-) I LOVE THIS SONG THOUGH. One day. YES.
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Matisyahu made me be myself the song live like a warrior made me become myself and I started a band called Black PHEONIX and I make songs and I'm making songs and I want PPl to see god through me peace out.
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AKEDA:: The Akeda is arguably one of the most important stories in Jewish tradition. It is the root of God's promise to the Jewish people of land and of forgiveness of sin, the adumbration and the story of the chosenness of Ishmael (proper spelling and pronunciatio n is from the Hebrew name of Ysmael) Hello… that would be me… thank you :=).
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I BELIEVE IN LOVE: YES
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