STOP HATIN’ IN THE BAY REMIX
You may ask yourself, what does Sellassie mean when he says “Stop Hatin’ in the Bay.” If you’re a native to the San Francisco bay area, you’ve seen the posters. They’re on thousands of poles in your neighborhood and on hundreds of liquor store and smoke shop windows across the Bay Area. Stop Hatin’ in the Bay is Sellassie’s plea to independent artists to support each other’s music and movement, by first and foremost; LISTENING TO EACH OTHER.
Stop Hatin’ in the Bay is not just Sellassie’s new single, it’s a sincere message. As an independent artist and entrepreneur, Sellassie has created his place in the bay area scene and nationally from a stance of Peace and Love and Inclusion. Stop Hatin’ is a movement. Sellassie has built a name out of no name, a career from scratch as one of the most progressive and popular independent emcees in the Bay Area, while dealing with the same issues he describes in the song. As a testament to his message, Sellassie created and co-produces the 2Racks Rap Contest and We All We Got Independent Concert Series. He has booked over 90 events with over 1,000 independent artists from across the country since mid-2009, creating opportunities as a young entrepreneur. At these shows, he’s been exposed to upcoming, talented artists, some that can be easily be household names if the industry was more inviting and had the intentions of exposing new talent.
An aggressive and progressive lyricist, Sellassie’s message in Stop Hatin’ in the Bay is positive and inspirational. It puts you in the shoes of the struggling independent artist trying to make it in today’s unwelcoming and uninviting rap industry. But gives hope with the chorus mantra , “Stop hatin’ in the Bay, here’s my CD by the way, In your deck press play, Here what I gotta say.” Sellassie says, “I don’t speculate on someone’s music if I haven’t listen to it, I think that’s the fundamental problem with Hip Hop today. From mainstream to independent, somewhere along the line, we stopped listening to each other.”
Initially released on the Sins of Your Forefathers Album, Stop Hatin’ in the Bay Remix offers a new sound to those familiar with Sellassie. The beat, produced by one of the West Coast’s hottest music producers, Traxamillion is so unique, full of energy and sonically charged. Sellassie is defining as a voice of an independent artist, and as the underdog, consistently working to bridge gaps. Sellassie travels with his music and sees the same challenges across the country and plans to release additional remixes this fall for Stop Hatin’ in LA and Stop Hatin’ in the A (Atlanta).
WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY SELLASSIE
Lyrics by A. Blackwell
Beat Production by Traxamillion