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Matisyahu gets a close shave, drops religion?

Is West Chester-born rapper Matisyahu dropping the Judaism?

West Chester-born rapper Matisyahu, who is known for his strict adherence to Orthodox Judaism, just tweeted the above picture, along with the message, "At the break of day I look for you at sunrise When the tide comes in I lose my disguise."

What does this mean for Matisyahu? Is he losing his religion or simply sick of getting food caught in his face sweater?

UPDATE: Matisyahu just posted another message to his website, saying the "Chassidic reggae superstar" is no more. Read more below

No more Chassidic reggae superstar.
Sorry folks, all you get is me…no alias. When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process. It was my choice. My journey to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality—not through books but through real life. At a certain point I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity…to move away from my intuition and to accept an ultimate truth. I felt that in order to become a good person I needed rules—lots of them—or else I would somehow fall apart. I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission.
Get ready for an amazing year filled with music of rebirth. And for those concerned with my naked face, don't worry…you haven't seen the last of my facial hair.
- Matisyahu

So, we guess the novelty of the Orthodox Jewish rapper is over? Can the former Matthew Paul Miller make it without the gimmick? Let us know in the comments.

For those not in the know, this is what Matisyahu looked like before:

Above photo courtesy of the Associated Press.