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Matthew Paul Miller (born June 30, 1979), known by his Hebrew name and stage name Matisyahu ("Gift of God"), is an American reggae and alternative rock musician. Known for blending traditional 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. Since 2004, he has released three studio albums as well as two live albums, two remix CDs and two DVDs featuring live concerts. In addition, Matisyahu played the role of Tzadok in The Possession, a supernatural horror film directed by Ole Bornedal and co-produced by Sam Raimi. Through his career, Matisyahu has worked with Bill Laswell reggae producers Sly & Robbie, and Kool Kojak. Matisyahu was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His family eventually settled in White Plains in Westchester County, New York. He was brought up a Reconstructionist Jew, and attended Hebrew school at Bet Am Shalom, a synagogue in White Plains. He spent much of his childhood learning the various tenets of Judaism, but by the time he was a teenager, Matisyahu began to rebel against his upbringing. He started taking drugs and dropped out of White Plains High School. He

Matisyahu -- You're in a No Phone Zone ... Shuts Down Fan (VIDEO)

You're in a No Phone Zone ... Shuts Down Fan

If rapping ever fails for Matisyahu ... he could write an awesome how-to manual for dealing with pesky fans and their phones.  Matisyahu was performing at The Wiltern in L.A. Wednesday and… READ MORE >

Matisyahu -- Accused of Kicking Woman in the Face

Accused of Kicking Woman in the Face at Concert

Formerly bearded Jewish rapper Matisyahu allegedly booted a female photojournalist in the face at a concert in Brooklyn this week ... all because he felt the flash was "distracting."It all went… READ MORE >

- 1948 days ago
Matisyahu -- I Shaved My Big, Jewish Beard

I Shaved My Big Jewish Beard

Orthodox 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… READ MORE >

- 1958 days ago
Matisyahu -- Drake Can't Compare to My Jewiness

Drake Can't Compare to My Jewiness

Orthodox hip hop star Matisyahu admits fellow Jew-rapper Drake has him beat in the M.C. department ... but when it comes to all things Kosher -- Matisyahu is the H.J.I.C. The graying 31-year-old… READ MORE >

- 2257 days ago