Matt knows he's a minstrel act. he is no different than the 1000's of other Jewish suburbanite teen boys raised in the NYC burbs who moved to music to get stoned and laid in high school. Nothing wrong with that, I come from 4 generations of Jewish musicians.
I know dozens of other Jewish musicians our age we grew up around here who are by far better musicians.
To fully understand where Matisyahu comes from, listen to his unreleased song about White Plains high school. The spirituality was his "hook" to get the religious girls to put out, and he turned it into a career. He's still the 17 y.o. phishhead, add a few years of yeshiva study, but it's still a heavy stoner under that Lubavitcher facade.
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I've been to some small pre 1st record release gigs of matisyahu's, I couldn't resist seeing this schtick.
In between sets I grilled Matt and Alon Cohen about reggae, house, hall, dub, steel drum bands/musicians that are generally considered standard repetoire for reggae artists, trying to get a feel on where he came from, Matisyahu was blank on most of them, Josh Werner jumped in and took over the conversation. I also immediately saw Matisyahu as another Perry Farrell type, and they've since found each other.
I get a kick out of Matt stealing Jewish symbology BACK from the anti-Semitic Rasta culture.
"I get a kick out of Matt stealing Jewish symbology BACK from the anti-Semitic Rasta culture."
Me too! That's what I think is the best about him.
Matisyaho is ok. I'm personallu more a fan of dub like mad professor type stuff and also the more roughneck ragga styles.
"To fully understand where Matisyahu comes from, listen to his unreleased song about White Plains high school. The spirituality was his "hook" to get the religious girls to put out, and he turned it into a career."
I grew up on Long Island - not far away. If that's what he was looking for, he should have just joined USY. :)
How many rastas do you know? Do you know anything about rasta culture? I worked for rastas for years and never heard an antisemitic thing ever. I've never heard antisemitic reggae either and they played that stuff ALL THE TIME. I'm not into the really hardcore Buju Banton type stuff. Matisyahu and Bob Marley is as reggae as I get.