R A P A R T I S T S O C I A L J U S T I C E A C T I V I S T E N T R E P R E N E U R E V E N T P R O D U C E R
L I V E S H O W S
H I G H E R G R O U N D H I P H O P
Sellassie is the world’s first Higherground Hip Hop Artist; he is a Social Justice Activist, Entrepreneur, Event Producer and Pioneer. He has carved his niche as a leading progressive voice in Hip Hop and as a force in bringing independent artists together. With an acclaimed and award-winning debut release, I’m Tryin’ to Make a Livin’ Not a Killin’, a recent follow-up, Sins of Your Forefathers and a brand new single, Stop Hatin in the Bay Remix by Traxamillion, this trendsetting emcee has garnered a street level buzz with a fresh perspective. Sellassie stands firm to his message, has a charismatic presence and is evidence that not every rapper raps negatively, glorifying drugs, guns, women, money or their ego.
Revolutionary Music that is creative, street, positive and smart, relevant, lyrical and motivational. Sellassie cares about his community and works to bridge gaps. His songs use rap as a tool to reach others and an outlet for self-expression. Sellassie created, co-produces and hosts three Live Show Series, The Undiscovered Tour, The 2Racks Rap Contest and We All We Got with which he's showcased and connected with thousands of independent artists and hip hop affiliates across the country. There have been over 200 shows produced in more than 20 cities nationwide in the last 3 years and are Successful, Innovative, Inclusionary and Pioneering, Sellassie is a standout individual with the ambition to create change.
Black Rap Music to inspire a lost generation, Sellassie's catalog exceeds 300 songs, he brings light and knowledge to his music and wants a better tomorrow. Working with many social, political and youth based initiatives, contributor to various special projects, and always on the move, Sellassie is continually performing and has shared the stage with many great artists including; Rakim, Saul Williams, KRS-One, The Goodie Mob, Mos Def, Raekwon, Dead Prez, Rah Digga, Pharoahe Monch, E-40, The Indigo Girls, Sly and Robbie, Ziggy Marley, Alanis Morissette, Vieux Farka Toure, Radio Active, Rebelution, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Hieroglyphics, Rah Digga, Keith Murray, Camp Lo, Warren Haynes, Goapele, Mr. FAB, Lucky I Am, Ise Lyfe, Equipto, Mike Marshall, Namkha Rinpoche, Warren G, Lyrics Born, Kev Choice, Martin Luther, Silk-E, The Jacka & The Mob Figaz, Bayonics, Zion I, Rappin 4-Tay, Jelly Bread, Sila, Vinnie Paz, Richie Rich, 2Mex, Medusa and Jennifer Johns and thousands of independent artists.
"I W A N T T O B E I N T H E H I S T O R Y B O O K S, N O T T H E P O P C H A R T S"
D I S C O G R A P H Y
- The most political record to date, 19 thought provoking and socially relevant tracks. Poignant, Uncompromised, Anti-House Negro Rap Music. Beat Production by The Slap Factory, Mike Biggz, Yung Miss and DJ Pioneer. MYGHETTO 2011
- Well-rounded and complete, this Album takes the listener on a journey thru political songs, party songs & city anthems, winner of the 2009 West Coast Hip Hop Award for “Knowledge Album of the Year.” All original beat production by Dana Ericson. MYGHETTO 2008
- Lyrically aggressive album released after some trouble with the law, frustration at the system, This is a raw record. Sellassie opened up some eyes with this, "The Streets Loved It" SCRILLA SCRATCH/MYGHETTO 2007
- The first release, rhymes and poems written in earlier years. SCRILLA SCRATCH/MYGHETTO 2006
- tIMEA TIMEA BY SELLASSIE Global Networkz COMPILATION 2010
- Sellassie Featured on Scoldiers The longest song in San Francisco Hip Hop History, with 20 of the SF Bay Area's top emcees. R.I.P. Killa Keise
- Sellassie Featured on Cypher Regal 2010
- Sellassie Featured Take Your Time, Monkey & New and Old. Solidarity Co-op 2012
L Y R I C S & Q U O T A B L E S
"What I was told, you can't save the World, but I'm a Dreamer, While Doubters are Doubtin', I Stay Believin'"
"In the Hood I felt Trapped, Isolated, Alone and Sad, but most of the time I felt Motivated, Optimistic and Glad that I was a Man born Black, Even though I didn't have a stack of that money, Mama didn't Raise No Dummy."
"Did I tell you I read a Thousand Books, Hung with a Thousand Crooks, From the Pigs I got a Thousand Looks, In this chess game, I'm the rook, only move straight til the Queen and Kings Lives Took."
"Strong, Smart, Articulate, Militant and Courageous, Black People Not N#iggas, The Only thing that can Save Us."
"Society Raised Me, Now they Want to Call Me Crazy."