Move over Sean Paul...there's a new reggae star in town and he's Hasidic?!?!?!
Matisyahu is a Hasidic jew who raps & pulls of a mean beatbox. Um...wow. Checked out some of his tunes and its actually good stuff. Songs have spiritual lyrics but aren't so blatant that you feel like you're being preached to.
This guy wasn't born into a Hasidic family, though. Check out his bio & it tells you how he rediscovered his faith after a trip to Israel. Quite interesting, actually. Studied at the New School which is also kinda neat, I thought.
Here's a snippit from one song called King Without a Crown:
You're all that I have and you're all that I need
Each and every day I pray to get to know you please
I want to be close to you, yes I'm so hungry
You're like water for my soul when it gets thirsty
Without you there's no me
You're the air that I breathe
Sometimes the world is dark and I just can't see
With these, demons surround all around to bring me down to negativity
But I believe, yes I believe, I said I believe
I'll stand on my own two feet
Won't be brought down on one knee
Fight with all of my might and get these demons to flee
Hashem's rays fire blaze burn bright and I believe
Out of darkness comes light, twilight unto the heights
Check it out...music's got a nice beat to it. Definitely two thumbs up in my book.