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Youth

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A unique reggae CD for kids and parents.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Powerful songs about spirituality and social justice.

Violence

Some mildly violent imagery with a strong message of peace.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the songs are about spirituality and social justice. Although Matisyahu is a Hasidic Jew, the music cuts across religious affiliations and differences with a message of inspiration and hope that anyone will understand.

What's the story?

When you first hear about Matisyahu (the Hasidic Reggae Rapper), you may wonder: Overhyped novelty act? Quirky opportunist? But listen to YOUTH and you'll realize that Matisyahu is genuine and phenomenally talented. You'll also understand why he's taking the pop music world by storm with edgy, powerful songs about spirituality and social justice, performed Reggae-style and backed by musicians with strong rock & roll chops. Matthew Miller, a Jewish kid from the suburbs, became Matisyahu when he embraced Hasidic Judaism as a young man. He also embraced reggae and hip-hop music, found incredible rock musicians to work with, and created a unique, charming, and ecstatic sound all his own.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

On Youth, the lyrics combine elements of prayer with messages of social justice, and come across as absolutely sincere rather than gimmicky. The performances and production are so good, the singing so heartfelt and honest, that no matter what your faith or religious background you're bound to find this music interesting. By mixing it up in such an unusual way, Matisyahu cuts across religious differences with a message of inspiration and hope that everyone who listens will be able to hear.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the many ways that spirituality and faith can be experienced and expressed. What do you think the message of this album is? What was your impression of Matisyahu before hearing this record? How did that change afterward?

Music details

Artist:Matisyahu
Release date:March 7, 2006
Label:Sony Music
Genre:World music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bySensibleTeen August 8, 2011

Nice...

"One Day" is the most well-known song by this artist. It's not my ALL TIME FAVORITE, but it's definitely going to be on my road trip playlist.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byone_day15 August 19, 2010
They played some of the songs at my church camp this summer and I've loved Matisyahu since then, especially the song "One Day". It has a great sound to it plus a great mesage.
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Great messages
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Teen, 13 years old Written byPeace_on_earth February 13, 2016

Positive messages and good music make for a good combo

Matisyahu seamlessly puts together positive spiritual and ethical messages with his vocal talent to create some pretty great music. Although his music itself is not innovative, Matisyahu's lyrics are great way to share his positive messages with the world. This would be a good reggae artist to introduce younger kids to and I'm not sure why it has been rated 12 and up. I chose 8 and up because it would be a good age to understand the lyrics and positive messages.
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