Before embarking on a hunger strike as part of the "Frisco 5," Sellassie released a song and video protesting the murders of people of color at the hands of police.
"Cops Keep Firing" is an audiovisual call to social justice by any means and a memorial for those who have been killed at the hands of police — many on video, including Oscar Grant and Mario Woods.
"I want to be in the history books, not the pop charts," the rapper, 39, said on his website.
He's taken his convictions beyond art into on the ground activism.
Sellassie is one of five civilians on their 13th day of a hunger strike; they have pledged not to eat anything until Mayor Ed Lee fires SFPD Chief Greg Suhr or Suhr resigns over the police department's 0.0% conviction rates in police killings.