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Matisyahu on New LP: "Music and Politics Is Two Different Things"

July 31, 2008 5:26 PM ET

Rolling Stone caught up with Matisyahu in the shadow of the Port-A-Potties at last weekend's Pemberton and asked everyone's favorite Jewish reggae MC about playing big festivals and the progress of his new album. Matisyahu chatted about the kosher food he was served at the remote fest ("I don't know where it came from") and how he keeps politics out of his music — and why. Click above to watch the interview.

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