RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO:
Ethiopian-American rapper SIIMBA SELASSIIE (formerly known as SIIMBA LIIVES LONG), is debuting the new music video for single “BES’MAM.” Directed by Nick Von Gremp, the same director behind SELASSIIE’S critically acclaimed videos “HOOKED” and “BAD FOR THE SOUL” ft. KAMAU, “BES’MAM” provides a stripped back window into the world of SELASSIIE. Featuring friends including artist Allan Kingdom, “BES’MAM’s” simplistic aesthetic allows SELASSIIE’S quizzical and mesmerizing bars to be the focal point of the three-minute video.
“BES’MAM” follows SELASSIIE’S recent critically acclaimed single “Patiently” with his group Splash Brothers that includes Allan Kingdom, Topaz Jones, KAMAU, and brother Haile Supreme. If this is your first encounter with SIIMBA SELASSIIE, the Brooklyn-based musician was born in New York, and raised in a myriad of places from Ethiopia to Washington DC to New Jersey. His debut music video, “Cocaine Biimbie,” made quite the splash among critics and featured the emcee return to his Ethiopian roots to play quite literally play with lions and eat fire. A cut from SIIMBA’S 2017 project, “Zemenay’s Gemiinii,” stand out tracks “Cocaine Biimbie,” “Info-Red,” and “W.I.A.” awarded SIIMBA critical praise from tastemakers including NPR, Noisey, FADER, Complex, DJ Booth, Hot New Hip Hop, and more.
Up next for SIIMBA, an artist NPR describes as “sportive yet serious, playing equal parts esoteric and quizzical,” he will be gearing up for the release of new sonic series VIICES coming June 2019.