If a bearded Hasidic Jewish hip-hop and reggae singer known for his Hasidic Jewishness and beardedness shaves off said beard and sheds the Hasidic part, is anything left? Such are the grammatically complex questions currently posed inwardly by fans of Matisyahu, who, until now, had probably the most unique brand image in roots reggae. Earlier this month Matisyahu, born Matthew Paul Miller, renounced his beard and his previous strict religious affiliation by Twitter, no less. Little else has changed, though. In the ensuing media flap, Miller has stressed that his dedication to Judaism itself hasn't wavered, and a little less facial hair will hardly affect his famous beatboxing skills. His current tour, which lands at the Kravis Center on Thursday, comes in support of the EP Miracle, released this past November.
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