People gathered at a small West Philadelphia bar in anticipation for Selassie’s farewell performance. The Philadelphia rapper by way Ethiopia was now heading to LA to expand his career and follow his dreams of a successful music career. Many friends began smiling and were excited to see which songs off his album he was going to perform, as strangers kept a neutral Philly facial expression and refused to show any interest until Selassie could prove himself. Dressed in a burnt orange shirt with an imprint of his face in all black in the middle, that purposely resembled his mixtape cover for marketing purposes and a plain black fitted on his head. Fresh and ready to start his show, he grabs the microphone and spits his rhymes for the last time in Philadelphia.
At the age of 11, Selassie picked up his older brother’s rhyme book and rapped his lyrics to his older cousin and her friends; the reception he received was immense. “ It made me feel so good, that I decided to pursue a career as an emcee. Becoming a rapper helped me find the one thing – that I was great at writing. After years of perfecting his craft Selassie decided to make the ultimate move three years ago, the Philadelphia native left Philadelphia for Los Angeles with only $300 to his name, taking the chance of a lifetime in pursuit to expand his rap career and further educate himself about the music game, ”A doctor goes to Medical school, a lawyer goes to Law school. So I thought I should do the same, and that’s when I enrolled at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles.”
His stage name, Selassie which comes from his deceased father Haile Selassie Fekadu, who was also named after the great Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, who was believed to be the second coming of Christ by Rastafarians. Selassie wasted no time and began networking and building a studio in his home producing and recording non-stop. His latest mixtape is called Mind on Pluto, which explains his state of mind, “The state of mind I’ve always been in, which is so far left that I feel foreign to today’s common man. His favorite song on the freshman mixtape is “Aurora Borealis,” which he plans on making it his intro to his mixtape, “It really gives you a view of my world and really sets the tone of the mixtape.”
By: Mereb Gebremariam | Beat-Play Ambassador Philadelphia | @MerebwithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
The Aviatorz are a duo from West Philadelphia that has been rapping for almost eight years. Mike V and Shizzy, were both solo acts, that merged after an independent label they were signed to liked their sound as a duo. The group combines many genres to create their sound, “We don’t do gansta rap, we don’t do gangsta rap. We do commercial rap.” Just a chance to be heard encourages the group to chase their dreams of one day going mainstream and have a voice. The group usually does three shows per month and even had the chance to tour across the nation and open up for comedian, Cedric the Entertainer, fortunately enough, the group had an investor who also invested the Cedric’s tour which helped expand their name.
The group wants to be the first successful rap duo from Philly, patiently waiting for their turn grinding every chance they get. There are promoting their album called, The Departure, which has many fun tracks that gives a distinct sound, looking for success on a major standing apart from State Property and Young Gunz. Their new single, I’m Wavy, is a lay back and cool sound that they produced a year and half ago, “it’s a fun track and describes the type of music we do. We got a lot of swag on it.”
Now the duo is searching for the best possible deal but first plan on creating a much bigger buzz than they have now, “We want a deal to come to us, we’re not looking for it we’re trying to make one.” A year from now they want to make major connections and are hoping to have a deal, and possibly getting the best deal ever. You can check out the Aviatorz rhymes with the rest of the world on their YouTube Channel, and by their persistence they are not too far from their goal.
By: Mereb Gebremariam | Beat-Play Ambassador Philadelphia | @merebwithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
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