Some things in pop music just go together hand-in-hand: Lil Jon and his pimp goblet, Nicki Minaj and her neon wigs, and, until recently, Matisyahu and his long, religiously significant beard. But on Tuesday morning (Dec. 13), the socially conscious Jewish rapper posted a clean-shaven photo of himself on Twitter, and soon followed with a blog post on his official website that proclaimed, "No more Chassidic reggae superstar."
In the post, the 32-year-old rapper vaguely discusses his struggle to balance his individuality with organized religion.
"Sorry folks, all you get is me…no alias," he writes. "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."