When you come on the scene as a young man
who performs Dancehall Reggae mixed with Rap and other genres, and do
it as a bearded, Orthodox Hasidic Jew who touts his spirituality in his
grooves, you will be noticed by believers and non-believers alike.
Offering up one of the most unique performances you might ever hear is Matisyahu, an American Hasidic Jewish Reggae musician. His words roll fast off the tongue with one rhyme masterfully wrapped in another and gilded with Hebrew and Yiddish twang.
His Torah-inspired lyrics have mainstreamed Reggae while giving audiences exposure to the dynamism of the Jewish faith. With each performance, Matisyahu is recasting how the public receives both Reggae and Judaism.