(photo credit: Matisyahu Twitter)
NEW YORK - Jewish reggae star Matisyahu shaved his signature beard and issued a statement on Tuesday saying "No more Hassidic reggae superstar."
The artist posted two photos of his beardless face on Twitter and a statement about his decision on his website.
"When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural
and organic process," he wrote. "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."
He signed off, "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."
Born Matthew Miller, Matisyahu has been the most visibly Jewish artist
in the hip-hop world since his debut album "Shake Off the Dust... Arise"
was produced by JDub Records in 2004. While he first affiliated with
the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, Matisyahu later distanced himself from
the movement and moved on from JDub, which closed its doors this year.