Sunday, March 26, 2006

The Real Test

Matisyahu has become the victim of a critical barrage of a different sort, reports The Forward.

Taking a page from the classic script of the breakout star, he dropped the producers who'd helped launch his career — JDub Records co-founders Aaron Bisman and Jacob Harris — and signed on with Gary Gersh, the manager credited with steering Nirvana to superstardom.

JDub's Bisman threatened to sue. "We in no way are out to harm Matisyahu," he told Billboard, "but we can't just sit and take this. We have a contract and a longstanding relationship."

But in the eyes of some, Matisyahu's sins go far beyond mere breach of contract. After reading of the singer's decision to leave JDub, Daniel Sieradski, editor of the Web log Jewschool.com, called him "a false prophet... who traded in his most devout 'true believers' merely to maximize his cash flow potential."

In the days that followed, Sieradski, who writes under the nom de blog Mobius, expanded his critique to include the singer's boosters. "What's interesting to me about most people's defenses of [Matisyahu's] actions," he wrote, "is their blatant hypocrisy, picking and choosing when halakha [rabbinic law] is relevant. If he broke Shabbos and performed on Friday night, everyone would throw a... fit. But when he violates halakha pertaining to business ethics, no one seems to care."


Actually, I think the kid's real test will be when he marries.

Will it be a Chabad girl or...?

2 comments:

joshnathan said...

He is married.

DGarfy said...

to a "Chabad girl"