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Editors’ Notes

As a Hasidic Jewish reggae musician, Matisyahu cut an unlikely figure when he burst on the global music scene in 2005. Now the rapper/singer’s beliefs have shifted to the point where he’s shaved his beard and shed the black suits. Saying that this album is his most personal statement to date, Matisyahu backs that up in songs like the anthemic “Champion,” “Hard Way,” and “Star on the Rise,” where lyrics detail his feelings of isolation and creative rebirth. He's backed by Brooklyn’s Dub Trio (which is also his touring band), and the sounds of Jamaica can still be heard on songs like the rootsy “Black Heart” and “Confidence.” But there’s also the alternative rock of the opening track (“Reservoir”) and the love songs “Ayeka (Teach Me to Love)” and “Built to Survive (Featuring Zion I),” the latter of which sounds more like Coldplay than Jimmy Cliff. Matisyahu's skills as a top-flight rapper have never sounded better than on “Star on the Rise” and “Vow of Silence (Shalom).” He's not holding anything back; Akeda is a compelling listening as Matisyahu finds his way.

Customer Reviews

what happened?

The poetic lyricism is just not there anymore, not in the walls melt down song anyway. What happened to the Matisyahu who performed live at stub's?

Mind blowing artist

Great vibes and well talented artist all around .a mixture of all sounds in a unique way . Matisyahu way . Highly recommended

MATIS IS LOVE

Matisyahu is AMAZING. Period. I don't care if this is not a reggae album, the good vibes are still there.

Biography

Born: June 30, 1979 in Westchester, PA

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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