Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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A unique reggae CD for kids and parents.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Powerful songs about spirituality and social justice.


Some mildly violent imagery with a strong message of peace.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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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... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bySensibleTeen August 8, 2011


"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 playlis...

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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