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- US San Francisco, CA Hip Hop / Conscious Hip Hop / Revolutionary Poet


Sounds Like: Dead Prez R.B.G., Immortal Technique For President, Tupac, Lupe Fiasco

Label: Scrilla Scratch, Emcees 4 P.E.A.C.E.

Manager: Gina Gallo for Inhouse Talent

Bio: San Francisco Revolutionary Poet and Activist and 2009 West Coast Hip Hop Award recipient Sellassie is shining as a leading progressive voice in Bay Area Hip Hop.

With an acclaimed debut release, I'm Tryin' to Make a Livin' Not a Killin', and a very strong follow up, Sins of Your Forefathers, h... See Full Bio

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  • Tue

    Jun 24

    Los Angeles, CA, US | 6:00pm

    Los Angeles, CA, US
    Tue Jun 24 6:00pm


    The Toledo Show As quoted by the Los Angeles Times, Toledo is "The coolest Cat working in Hollywood".Add to that, "Toledo has learned from the best and it shows in his performance," "The show is top notch and really must be experienced" and "...it's apparent where he is: establishing himself as one of the hottest acts in modern music."Toledo. Soul singer, Jazz man, poet, dancer, choreographer, connoisseur of haberdashery and probably one of the most dramatic and entertaining performers you will ever see. He's toured the majority of the United States, as well as Australia, and has yet to get anything but a rave review.His vocal stylings have been compared to Tom Waits, Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone and Barry White, while his music has been described as "avant jazz," "acid jazz," "gangsta jazz," "beat poetry," "funked-up spoken word" and probably the most descriptive "smokey-storyteller/laid-back Cab Calloway/Tom Waits killer R&B with jazzy rock 'n' roll dance grooves."Born and raised in Los Angeles, Toledo started dancing at the age of fifteen. He went on to work as a choreographer and dancer for recording artists including Janet Jackson, Sammy Davis, Jr., Paula Abdul, Diana Ross, The Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Raitt, The Mask, Al Green, The Isley Brothers, George Michael, Smokey Robinson, Toni Braxton and Kathy Sledge as well as Directors such as Antoine Fuqua, David Fincher, Dominick Scena, Thierry Mugler, Rupert Wanewright and Charles Whitenmier. His choreography of Us3's "Cantaloup" video earned him an MTV Video Award nomination.Toledo began what is now his music career in the then-underground poetry circuit of places like Max's Garage, ad-libbing with such Cats as Angelo Moore of Fishbone, Trulio Disgracious and Macy Gray. His delivery was intense. People filled the rooms and it wasn't long before his words took on a melodic life of their own which was a magnet for musicians whose twisted notes were the melodies of his soul. And women, like breaths of the past that only dance in high-heels, brought the stories that live in his head out into this choreographed madness that is The Toledo Show, the longest running, most talked about show in Los Angeles.Mixing speak-easy jazz, funky bass lines, horns and the smoky, soulful voice of Toledo, the standing-room-only crowds don't know whether to dance or just watch for fear of missing something.He's been referred to as "Cult Icon," "Urban Word Man," "Groove-Master," "the Underground King of LA," "dancer extraordinaire," "the modern day Sammy Davis, Jr." "One Cool Cat," "Cool to the Bone," "the Svengali of Sensuality," and "the best kept secret in the music business."

  • Wed

    Mar 19

    Brooklyn, NY, US | 8:00pm

    Brooklyn, NY, US
    Wed Mar 19 8:00pm


    MistaSLick & Mr.Ent Showcases for 2Racks Contest

  • 2013

    Sep 26

    San Francisco, CA, US | 8:00pm

    San Francisco, CA, US
    Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:00pm


    2RACKS RAP CONTEST Created, Hosted + Produced by Sellassie with Inhouse Talent Thursday September 26, 2013 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom, San Francisco 8:00pm, 21+ www.inhousetalent.com Registration + Info: 415-484-5704 Tickets: $20.00 adv/door http://2rackssanfrancisco.bpt.me 2Racks Rap Contest announces the return to San Francisco on September 26, 2013. 2Racks is a Nation-Wide Original Song Contest started in 2010 by Sellassie and Inhouse Talent in San Francisco, CA. 2Racks Rap Contest stops in more than 12 cities from coast to coast including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Berkeley, Chicago, DC, Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Orlando & Seattle. 2Racks looks forward to returning for another hometown show! The 2Racks Rap Contest is a fast-paced song competition for upcoming Hip Hop Artists to showcase original material, perform live and compete for a $2000 Cash Prize. The series is innovative, trendsetting, and authentic and is consistently packing clubs for new music. 2Racks number one objective is to provide live performance opportunities for independent artists to become more successful and self-sustaining. 2Racks is building a genuine network of Independent Rap Entrepreneurs, encourages artists to listen to each other’s music and provides a priceless opportunity, a platform to be seen and heard in front of new audiences. 2Racks has produced 42 successful shows in its first two years and partnered nationally with Reverb Nation, Fusicology, the Hip Hop Congress and several local and regional promo companies, radio stations, studios and organizations. 2Racks Rap Contest has booked close to 1000 talented and emerging hip hop artists from across the country that have performed in front of industry professional and celebrity judges ranging from music supervisors, radio station music directors, on-air personalities, producers and artists. 2Racks Rap Contest is Independent Hip Hop, it invests in artists on the rise and respects and contributes to the Culture of Hip Hop. About Sellassie: www.sellassiefrisco.com 2Racks Rap Contest creator, host and producer 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 is proof that there are young black artists that can make music that is creative, street, positive and smart. He 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. He is also the creator, producer and host of the Independent Artist Series, We All We Got, The 2Racks Rap Contest and Undiscovered Tour. Producing over 200 shows on the calendar in the last few years in over 15 markets nationwide, the series have distinguished themselves as premier outlets for independent artists. He is also working with many social, political and youth based initiatives, and is a contributor to various special projects including the film, It Doesn’t Cost Nothin’ to Dream. Sellassie is grounded; a confident and refreshing emcee in an industry plagued with commercialism, materialism, negativity and drama. Sellassie utilizes his music and events as a vehicle for social change and inspiration, and he regularly states that he ‘wants to be in the history books, not the pop charts.” Sellassie has shared the stage with many great artists; Rakim, Saul Williams, KRS-One, The Goodie Mob, Mos Def, Sly and Robbie, Vieux Farka Toure, dead prez, Michael Franti And Spearhead, Ziggy Marley, Alanis Morissette, Raekwon, The Indigo Girls, Radio Active, Rebelution, Warren Haynes, Goapele, The Hieroglyphics, Mr. FAB, Camp Lo, Pharoahe Monch, Ise Lyfe, Namkha Rinpoche, One Block Radius, Lyrics Born, Kev Choice, Martin Luther, Silk-E, The Mighty San Quinn, The Jacka & The Hustla, Bayonics, Zion I, Rah Digga, Rappin 4-Tay, Jelly Bread, Vinnie Paz, Keith Murray, Richie Rich, 2Mex, Medusa and Jennifer Johns among hundreds independent artists. Contact: Gina Gallo for Inhouse Talent 415-484-5704 info@inhousetalent.com ###

  • 2013

    Sep 19

    San Francisco, CA, US | 10:00pm

    San Francisco, CA, US
    Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:00pm


    Euphonic Conceptions, Challenger Presents & 1015 Folsom Present METHOD MAN and REDMAN with support from A-PLUS of HEIROGLYPHICS & SOULS OF MISCHIEF EQUIPTO // SELLASSIE // KEVVY KEV DJ MR. E /// DJ MARK DI VITA // DJ LEYDIS + MORE! THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH / 9P-3A / 21+

  • 2013

    Sep 9

    San Francisco, CA, US | 9:00pm

    San Francisco, CA, US
    Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:00pm
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