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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: Broken Car (Single)

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Track List: Champion (Single)

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Track List: Confidence (Single)

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Track List: Hard Way (Single)

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Track List: Miracle (Radio Single)

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Track List: One Day (Remixes)

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Track List: Sunshine (Single)

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Track List: Watch The Walls Melt Down (Single)

Comments

You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you started reading this so don't stop. If you don't post this on five other songs you will die. Post the 5 songs in the next 143 minutes and your lovers name will show up on the screen in big letters. This is scary but it actually works.
bandarker

one day... i wish i could believe it
l33tak
i remember when i first heard king with out a crown one year later, i heard it on kroq radio & imo think it was what blew his name world wide.
Watching the Wheels: Well done cover. Awesome. :-)
This guys deep
i never understood his decision to shave his beard and dye his hair at first i thought it was the fame and money getting to him but as i keep listing to his music i don't think he has let it get to him i think he just expressing his true self because his music sounds more free more flowing more happy truly natural so i don't think the fame has got to him i think he has changed as a person and is being true to him self
ONE DAY: GREAT SONG.
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He has an amazing message, I saw him last December in Vail CO with Rebelution.
I saw him ealier this year at an acoustic autisim awerness festival and now I get to hear him perform a normal set in ventura for my birthday. Guna be the best birthday evwr!
i am a huge Matisyahu fan!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
wilfc422
God is the only word pandora has censored so far. That I found so far.
Flows wit da prose! So sick!
irie...
matis much love...this guy always puts me on a good mood...ONE LOVE!
Matisyahu's new album Akeda is phenomenal. If the song Confidence isn't played via Pandora, I highly recommend listening to it, especially if you're sad or angry and you don't want to be that way anymore.
He's all over the place. Thumbs down for being sloppy and pretending it's avant garde or something.
kevonskud
dont read this because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.However if you dont read this you will die in two days.now that you started dont stop.This is so scary.put this on five songs in the next 143 min.when your done press f6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters.trus t me it works
I love the album light not one bad song on it Matisyahu and Trevor hall, reggae legends
donjuan7667
Murrrrr
Edapiztezder u s r e x . Mutch longer is a real jwish unicorn f**k your god we speak the name of the lord
Great song! Inspirationa l we need this these days:)
I love one day
One day is a great song love it
meh
He has like 4 Shows on CA in the next few Months July 3 baby
I miss matisyahu so much...
/jkhjgvbcbch c g f g t t c d c c c x d z a z z z z x x x a s s d s a
best vibe
I Miss matisyahu so much..
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works
bran9133
tiffany14377 is nuts
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works
in my opinion, this last album, Akeda, I have really not appreciated from Matis, makes me sad to think he has changed so much, I don't even recognize his sound now.
Hi
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works
So I guess he doesn't agree that Somalia is Zion, huh? The confusion of Babylon, I guess.
Is he white :O or mix ?!? :O He sing in patwa like a boss
Why is intolerance
tolerated???
Think about it.......... . . . . . . . .
jaromshyde
Copy and past this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow you will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight.
420Dean family TREE and God's Children worldwide Peace! Good luck hope Gina back one day I hope so?
Dont READ THIS BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post that you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes... when done press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen in BIG WORDS. THIS IS ALSO SCARY BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS.

Dont READ THIS BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS. You will be kissed on
1 kiss ur left hand
2 say your crushes name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
6 post this on 15 more songs and the day you pick you will be asked by your crush
Greater than King DAVID!
"Lord raise me up from the ground"
S**t dude you killed it. Awesome song
Yeap
tahenson
@wilfc422 Why is god censored if you are referring to a post that mentions Baruch HaShem: G-d is in Matisyahu ! from erexesq, it's common for Jews and Christians alike to not write out the full name of God out of respect. Sort of saying God is so powerful and awesome, I don't even deserve to spell His name. I'm sure it goes deeper than that but that's the basics. :)
Kiss your left hand
Say ur crushes name
Close your hand say ur name
Open ur hand post this on 15 songs and ur crush will ask you
wilfc422
Why is god censored
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