Matisyahu Doesn't "Really Love Shaving," But He's a Big Fan of Florida

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The narrow gaps between letters on our keyboard are vile graveyards for curly black whiskers with hints of gray and even red. But all of this lost facial fuzz tells a story, one of stressful days at work spent anxiously twirling the hairs on our chinny-chin-chins in an effort to curb writers' block.

Sure, we could easily eliminate the mess by shaving. However, we're far too insecure to lose the beard. It's grown on us, both figuratively and literally, and has protected us over the years.

And throughout most of his career, Matisyahu's beard has done the same.

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"I don't really love shaving, to be honest with you," the introspective Spark Seeker MC says with a minimal touch of humor. "And since I'm off the road, I have a beard right now."

A little over a year ago, Matisyahu made headlines when he posted a picture on Twitter of himself sans facial hair.

"At the break of day, I look for you at sunrise," he tweeted. "When the tide comes in, I lose my disguise."

The then 32-year-old singer had begun the process of "reclaiming" himself, "trusting [his] goodness and [his] divine mission" as he prepared for "an amazing year filled with music of rebirth."

It worked.

"Letting go of the beard meant stripping back all the rules and regulations, and trying to live more for myself," he tells Crossfade. "The main theme in my life during that time -- during this time, even -- is really about learning how to strip back as I try to learn how to do less. Less is more."

But Matisyahu's definition of less almost certainly differs from yours. He's still one of the busiest men in show business.


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