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While you may hear plenty of artist claim that their music is “diverse,” there are only a few that can actually support it with evidence. Selasi is one of those few.
With a list of accomplishments that includes working with grammy award winning writer Kandi Buress which led to multiple appearances on “Atlanta Housewives”, engineered and produced EP for Golden Globe nominee Idris Elba, being the producer responsible for Jagged Edge favorites such as “Turn You On” and “Can’t Get Right” from their Baby Making Project album as well as the mix engineer behind GS Boyz “Stanky Legg,” Selasi is quickly proving that he is indeed a jack of all trades. That comes with little surprise as the Ghana-born artist/producer, traveled all over the continent of Africa as a child, setting foot in everywhere from Cameroon to Nigeria to Malawi all the way down to South Africa.
Raised in a household where his father started as a computer analyst but later became a preacher, he witnessed his father go on a soul searching journey that took him from the catholic church all the way to non-denominational churches that featured live bands. This is where Selasi would meet his destiny.
Though he admits that the band, the drummer in particular, drew his interest more than the sermon being preached. It was at church that he learned of his God-given ability to make music.
“In church I used to run from where my mother was sitting to where the band was playing,” he remembers. “I’d sit and watch the drummer, pick up what he was doing and just started playing.”
From there Selasi would continue pursuing his interest in music, picking up on other instruments along the way. Eventually, when he was old enough Selasi trekked to Atlanta in 2000 hoping to follow in the footsteps of city’s many stars. Upon his arrival he enrolled in college and studied International Business and juggled that with a job at car wash during the day. But by night and with all of his spare time, he tirelessly worked at his craft looking for any opportunity to get his foot in the music industry’s door.
Now that he’s been able to get in, he plans on making himself comfortable. With a sound that meshes his African roots with an American lifestyle, Selasi proves to be the epitome of balance on every song. In one swoop he can rap alongside Gucci Mane on club skewed tracks like “Way Over Here” and switch lanes into one-drop reggae songs like “Our Father” dedicated to his homeland.
As founder of his own Rocksteady Music Group, Inc, Selasi possesses that rare talent of being able to craft fitting production for his lyrics. Prime examples being his ability to produce up tempo tracks like “Call The Police” and follow them up with somber dedication records like “Ms. Johnson,” a song that started as an unfinished letter to his deceased grandmother, but was made into a song.
“I really feel that music speaks to the soul, from the soul,” says Selasi. “I notice in America we have more music critics than fans. I just want people to listen to my music and appreciate what I do. I want to be able to reach every corner of the earth.”
Drawing influences from everywhere between Africa and Atlanta, Selasi’s sound is poised to reach every corner and beyond.