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Known for blending Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip hop beatboxing sounds, Matisyahu's 2005 single "King Without a Crown" was a Top 40 hit in the United States.On March 16, Youth was Billboard magazine's number-one Digital Album.In 2006, he appeared once again at Bonnaroo, this time performing a solo set.He learned of the Carlebach Shul synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, and he began attending religious services every Sabbath, as well as wearing a yarmulke (head covering) and tzitzit (a fringed undergarment).It was then that he met NYU's Chabad rabbi, Dov Yonah Korn.

Through his career, Matisyahu has worked with Bill Laswell, reggae producers Sly & Robbie, and Kool Kojak.He was brought up a Reconstructionist Jew, and attended Hebrew school at Bet Am Shalom, a synagogue in White Plains.After he finished Muss, he returned to New York, where he subsequently left high school after the first day of his senior year to travel throughout the US.A stint in a rehabilitation center in upstate New York followed.He approached Eli Cohen, a rabbi at New York University (NYU), about learning.