Holy smokes! Jewish rapper Matisyahu cut off his beard!
Known for his reggae-inspired raps and his classic Hasidic Jewish appearance, Matisyahu has now shed his mask of hair and is “reclaiming himself.”
This morning, Matisyahu tweeted a riddle-like quote with a picture attached, and surprise, surprise, he was hairless.
After reading and hearing the Jewish community’s thoughts and opinions, Matisyahu, born Matthew Paul Miller, issued an official statement.
This morning I posted a photo of myself on Twitter.
No more Chassidic reggae superstar.
Sorry folks, all you get is me…no alias. When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process. It was my choice. My journey to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality—not through books but through real life. At a certain point I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity…to move away from my intuition and to accept an ultimate truth. I felt that in order to become a good person I needed rules—lots of them—or else I would somehow fall apart. I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission.
Get ready for an amazing year filled with music of rebirth. And for those concerned with my naked face, don’t worry…you haven’t seen the last of my facial hair.
Matisyahu is no longer hiding behind his beard, so fans get ready for new Matisyahu music in 2012.
GlobalGrind must say we almost didn’t recognize him, but he looks good without his beard. What do you think? Matisyahu with or without the beard?
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