Matisyahu: The "King Without A Crown" finds his Home
In case there happens to be more than one internationally-acclaimed Jewish rapper, I'll tell you the answer:
Matisyahu: Next year in Jerusalem
When asked what’s the most surprising thing that people don’t know about him, Matisyahu answered that he enjoys hockey and even used to play. He insists that he will immigrate within a year or two, despite the fact that ice-hockey is almost non-existent in Israel.
"If you hear of a nice house in Jerusalem, let me know," he told the reporter. "My move to Israel depends on a few things: If I make enough money to buy a good place to live in, if my family can come and visit me often and if it will work out as far as my career is concerned.”
But alongside the pounding vocals - sometimes in Yiddish - and foot-stomping rhythms, he maintains a lifestyle devoutly at odds with those in the music business around him.
He refuses to play on the Jewish Sabbath, eat non-kosher food, or compromise his religious ideals by playing alongside female artists. He has already turned down the chance to tour with Shakira, declined to advertise Burger King and refused to appear on shock-jock Howard Stern's show.