Here is a horrible article I read on Matisyahu recently while trying to find more about him.
What do you expect from Slate???
Matisyahu's music is awesome!!!
That emphasis on self-actualization and uplift, combined with Matisyahu's ceaseless diatribes about the moral impurity of secular life, is reminiscent of nothing so much as Christian rock. It's a reminder that Orthodox Jewish fundamentalists share a lot with their Christian counterparts, including political prioritiesand that there's no one quite so beloved of the Left Behind crowd these days than Orthodox Jews, whose in-gathering in Israel is essential stage setting for the coming of the Rapture. (At which point, presumably, Jews will be cast into the hellfire.) As if to make explicit the burgeoning alliance, Matisyahu recently recorded "Roots in Stereo," a duet with evangelical rap-rockers P.O.D. It's a cruddy piece of music and, as politics, it can't be good for the Jews.
Jody needs to lighten up a bit, it's music he's writing about, not something important like baseball. Maybe the promotion will come through next year.
from the article you cited.
The writer of that article sounds like he had a preset story, based on some personal prejudices, and wasn't about to let any facts get in his way - lot of that going around in what masquerades as journalism these days - speaking of wearing a face other than reality.
In the meantime, back to the original article and the phrase: "...thorny questions about cultural appropriation.
So are we going to legally regulate who can sing what music? Is it just me, or does this whole thing send a chill whiff of control that goes beyond even socialism?
I like that article...for the links to the music.