So Mama Brokelyn has a little confession to make. Sometimes while cruising through Borough Park or Williamsburg, I’ll see a Hasidic guy and play a little game in my head. Subtract the peos and fur hat: hot or not? You know if a man looks good in white tights and pilgrim shoes…
So Matisyahu was always a bit of a Hasidic Hot-or-Not stumper, but now he’s taken away the guessing game. He buzzed his hair back in December and now here’s a photo of the no-longer-Lubavitcher, George-Michael-highlighted pop singer from yesterday’s Times of Israel. (He was on Kimmel last night, but he was wearing a hat.) What do you think?
The former Crown Heights Hasidic reggae superstar told the paper that he scrapped the beard and got a haircut at an Upper West Side Supercuts (that’s in Manhattan, guys) then moved to LA, where he put out a new album yesterday. Still selectively observant, Matisyahu appears to have dropped the reggae thing and now does pop. Well, all that old-school beatboxing was pretty cool, and I dunno if the world needs another highlighted dude singing Jesus rock without the Jesus, but I also liked Eminem better before he cleaned up. You can see a clip of Matisyahu 2.0 in the video below.
Also of note, he’s starring in an upcoming horror movie with Kyra Sedgwick because “acting is a return to his second love — he reportedly always had a passion for acting and was in plays in college,” the Times writes about Matisyahu. Begging the question: did his old Lubavitcher top hat and tallis come from a prop closet somewhere?