One day Matisyahu and Akon will record a track together. And that day is today.

I remember hearing Matisyahu on the radio one summer I spent in Pittsburgh almost a decade ago. If I’m not mistaken, Howard Stern was mocking the notion of Hasidic reggae, frankly, I remember empathizing with the ridicule. However, I also recall recognizing the mainstream potential for Matisyahu, and no, that’s not a reference to the fact that Jews run the entertainment industry. (Because they don’t.) I was simply aware that people nut their pants when their expectations are completely blown out of the water. And yes, a Hasidic Jew who sounds like a regular reggae act out of stoner nation, qualifies for mainstream shock value. Now he’s cut this track with Akon, and I have to shamefully admit, it took such a union for the Reggae Jew to hit my radar once again. The track is overwhelmingly consumable, and you don’t have to be a Jew or a patsy either, it’s a legitimately pleasant track to listen to, real talk. (Hey Stan, can I get my endorsement check now? Thanks!)

Matisyahu ft. Akon – One Day


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