An American Hasidic Jewish reggae musician. I know you’re already scrolling past this part, but bear with me for a second because this guy is amazing! His real name is Matthew Paul Miller, but he has been known as “Matisyahu” (pronounced mah-tis-YA-hu) since 8 days after birth.
Anyways, this is the best description I could find of his style of music:
“Known for blending traditional Jewish themes with Reggae, rock and hip hop beat-boxing sounds.”
If you like even one of the above mentioned types of music, I suggest you give this guy a listen. And here’s the best part: his first and best album is available for FREE. Yes, you read that correctly, it’s free. Simply go to the link below and download the zip file there. You will need WinZip to unzip the file and get to the mp3 files inside.
My favorite tracks from the album are:
-“Got No Water”
-“King Without a Crown”
Honestly though, you can just put this on and let it play all the way through. It’s that good. If you enjoy this sampling, I highly suggest checking out his other albums, namely “Live at Stubb’s”.
It’s exactly what it sounds like: hip-hop mixed with bluegrass. If you ever watch FX, you’ve probably heard one of their songs and you didn’t even know it. The theme song for the series “Justified” entitled “Long Hard Times to Come” is by, you guessed it, Gangstagrass. Although the group has had at least 10 different artists appear in their songs, the two main contributors are “Rench” (producer) and “T.O.N.E.Z.” (vocals).
The music is phenomenal and completely original. If your sick of the typical boring mainstream music on the radio, give this a shot. I guarantee you’ve never heard anything like it. Two completely opposite forms of music, intertwined to form an entirely new genre. The results are simply stunning. Click on the link below to listen to full songs from their new album:
Also try searching them on YouTube. There’s a ton of their stuff out there that I’m pretty sure was never released on any album. Fantastic.
Dub Side of the Moon
This is actually an album, not an artist. “Dub Side of the Moon” is, as you might have guessed, a dub reggae tribute to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”. The producers of the album are “Michael G” (Michael Goldwasser) and “Ticklah” (Victor Axelrod) of the group Easy Star All-Stars.
The album follows the exact same track list as “Dark Side”, but is heavily remixed with dub reggae. It’s really hard to explain so your best bet is to just give it a listen. Check the link below to listen to their versions of “Time”, “Money”, “Great Gig in the Sky” and “Speak to Me/Breathe”.
For anyone who likes Pink Floyd, reggae or both, this is an awesome album. You can also sync it up to The Wizard of Oz, just like the original “Dark Side”. If you’ve never done so, with this version or the original (link below), I highly recommend it. Trust me, you don’t need to be stoned to appreciate this.