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Matisyahu Speaks on Spirituality, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, & His New Album ‘Undercurrent’ + Live Freestyle ft. Stan Ipcus

It’s been about 13 years since the release of Matisyahu’s first studio album, Shake Off the Dust . . . Arise. His 2005 single “King Without a Crown” catapulted Matisyahu’s music career within the Jewish reggae and hip-hop scene. Today on Sway in the Morning, Matisyahu breaks down the meaning of his stage name, speaks on finding his own path within Judaism, and his latest project Undercurrent.

We asked the Grammy-nominated artist his thoughts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Last time I was there, there [were] people being stabbed in the street . . . The whole situation is just messed up. It’s twisted. It’s convoluted.”

Matisyahu also spoke about his role as a Hasidic exorcist in the 2012 horror film “The Possession.” He later introduced us to his longtime friend and rapper Stan Ipcus. Ipcus is featured on Matisyahu new album and we had both of them spit some bars live in the studio (watch below).


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