Alec Benjamin Dub Trio Sublime with Rome Umphrey's Mc Gee Passafire The Dirty Heads Infected Mushroom Akon Les Claypool Phish Nosson Zand Moshav Shyne The Crystal Method Collie Buddz Adel Tawil Levi Robin Kosha Dillz; "Gift of God"), is a Jewish American reggae vocalist, beatboxer, and alternative rock musician.
Known for blending Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip hop beatboxing sounds, Matisyahu's 2005 single "King Without a Crown" was a Top 40 hit in the United States.
After he finished Muss, he returned to New York, where he subsequently left high school after the first day of his senior year to travel throughout the US.
A stint in a rehabilitation center in upstate New York followed.
In the interview he stated that "..more I'm learning about other types of Jews, I don't want to exclude myself.
I felt boxed in." As of November 2007 he had confirmed a preference to pray at the Karliner synagogue in Borough Park, Brooklyn where the custom is to ecstatically scream prayers; however he continued to reside in Crown Heights because of his wife's affinity for the community.
Miller then attended a wilderness expedition trip in Oregon for teenagers.
"It was not necessarily for drug rehabilitation, but that was part of the reason I was out there," he explained to a journalist of The Jewish Daily Forward in 2008.
It was then that he met NYU's Chabad rabbi, Dov Yonah Korn.He spent much of his childhood learning the tenets of Judaism, but by the time he was a teenager, Matisyahu began to rebel against his rigid upbringing.The program offers students first-hand exploration of Jewish heritage as a way of solidifying Jewish identity.In 2004, after having signed with JDub Records, he released his first album, Shake Off the Dust... At Bonnaroo 2005, Trey Anastasio of the band Phish invited him for a guest spot on his set.
His next album, Live at Stubb's was produced for Or Music by Angelo Montrone.On March 1, 2006, right before the release of Youth, he informed JDub that he no longer needed its management services.