TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Matisyahu

I Shaved My Big

Jewish Beard

12/13/2011 8:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Matisyahu without beardOrthodox Jew rapper Matisyahu took a razor blade to the face this week ... and shaved off his trademark beard ... or so it seems.

Matisyahu just posted the shorn pics of himself on his Twitter page ... along with the message, "At the break of day I look for you at sunrise ... When the tide comes in I lose my disguise."

We're reaching out to Matisyahu for comment -- we'll fill you in on the beard drama as it unfolds.

update_bar

10:38 AM PST -- Matisyahu has posted a blog, explaining his decision to chop his face warmer ... in which he writes, "No more Chassidic reggae superstar."

He adds, "Sorry folks, all you get is me ... no alias.  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.

Get ready for an amazing year filled with music of rebirth.  And for those concerned with my naked face, don’t worry…you haven’t seen the last of my facial hair."

Matisyahu

99 COMMENTS

No Avatar

Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
76.

jewelofthecrowne    

um, title of article is more on the offensive than funny side.

789 days ago
77.

chris    

Its more then just beard drama! Did you not just read what he said! If you guys don't understand it then you don't have to comment it's his own decision and you shouldn't judge him for it. He's a great artist and a lot of people enjoy his mixture of rap and reggae music like me. So you don't have to bag on him for it!

758 days ago
78.

ash    

Why all the hating on this guy, some people , know good music, do find this interesting and care more about religious views than about stupid celebrity gossip. All you people care about is what stupid ass rich people are doing and who's dating who, who really gives a f about them? Shallow people like yourselves I guess. I hope the best for matisyahu, keep making dope music and hope you find God.

737 days ago
79.

en Todo Momento!!    

and now go backt to africa you salve

384 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Around The Web