hit No. 4 on the chart. Soon, a back-story emerged: Matisyahu had been secular Jew Matthew Miller, a ’shroom-loving Phishhead and aspiring rapper playing Oregon coffeehouses as MC Truth. A 1995 trip to Israel began a path of discovery that led him to religious Judaism, as a member of the Lubavitch sect of Hasidism. He continued to pursue music and, buoyed by a combination of genuine talent and a curious public, became an unlikely star (he headlined Artscape last year). But recently, Matisyahu has begun to shed some of his accessories. In December, he shaved his beard and posted on his site, “No more Chassidic reggae superstar.” Earlier this year, he tweeted a picture of himself with Wiz Khalifa, who was smoking a joint. And last week, when he released a music video for a new single, “Sunshine,” the yarmulke was gone in all but one scene. Worse still: He had frosted blond tips. Needless to say, many of Matisyahu’s most ardent fans are not happy with the new look and attitude.