Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Matisyahu: The "King Without A Crown" finds his Home

Guess which internationally-acclaimed Jewish rapper is making Aliyah?

In case there happens to be more than one internationally-acclaimed Jewish rapper, I'll tell you the answer:

MATISYAHU!

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.

And we can now add to that rather impressive list that he will soon be making Aliyah to Jerusalem.

Looks like Nefesh B'Nefesh has a new poster boy for American Aliyah, because if anyone can make Aliyah cool, it's definitley Matisyahu.

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1 Comments:

You may be getting a bit ahead of yourself there Ze'ev. Didn't sound to me like he was on the next plane - I have heard far too many people say they "will" make Aliya and it never happen.

B'ezrat Hashem, he will come, but I wouldn't make him a poster boy just yet.

By Anonymous H, at Thu Jul 06, 04:18:00 PM GMT+3  

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