Matisyahu seems to be distancing himself further and further from his super Orthodox roots. You may remember that he shocked fans a few months ago when he tweeted a photo of himself clean-shaven, after years of rocking a full beard and the other hirsute trappings of Orthodox Jewish men?
Now the rapper has been spotted in Jerusalem with a whole new look: He’s dyed his hair blonde. He was said to be wearing an outfit he may or may not have borrowed from Kanye West: a leather jacket, combat pants and open-toed combat boots. Open toed combat boots. Really?
What do we make of this? Could it be that this is the real Matisyahu? Now that he’s built a following for himself he no longer needs his conservative gimmick? Or is he simply trying to embrace the hip hop lifestyle? Will we see him next in a diamond-studded yarmulke? Maybe he’ll rock a tallit made by Gucci? With his blonde locks Matisyahu could be the Jewish Eminem. Look out for his new single “Love the Way You Haggle” (feat. Rihanna’s Jewish cousin, Esther).