Everyone must go through a process of self-examination to assess their journey. Self- assessment is a basic step towards improvement by drawing from past experiences to better our life. Some call it introspection. I have engaged in such a process in recent years. I wondered about my journey. I inquire about my experiences and life situations. Among the questions I asked myself were: Kote’w Soti? — Which is another song that will be on the Haitian American Experience album which inspired Ki Yes Mwen Ye. I began to think about my unique experience, my prospective as a Haitian American, the places I have been and all the major events that have shaped my worldview. Ki Yes Mwen Ye was very easy to pen; I found it to be an enlightening experience which allow me to reflect on myself and my future.
Sometimes we look at ourselves based on people’s perception. We must be careful not to let others define us. “Ou pap janm viv si’w pa sispann viv pou moun”, which translates to — “you will never live if you live for people”, I rapped. You should live for yourself and live your own life because everyone else is living their own.
I draw inspiration from the story of Jesus Christ who was crucified even though he was God. The Bible teaches us that he did no wrong and only came on a mission to save the world. Yet he was looked upon as a tyrant for preaching the gospel. I also drew inspiration from Steve Jobs. To me he is the God of technology. Yet he was not exempt from criticism.
Therefore, I learn to expect criticism but to remain focus on my life mission. I believe that criticism is only directed at those who are productive.
In the first verse, I stated that I’m just a regular “servant”, a believer and a survivor. If the conversation is just about money, maybe I’m nothing. At the end of the day, materialism doesn’t define me and like J. Cole said in Love Yours, there’s always going to have somebody who has more money than you, a bigger house, and a nicer car than you. Furthermore, I cannot assume that I know everything. I have still much to learn. My understanding of life circumstances is still limited by the experiences I shared and the knowledge I acquired. No one knows it all.
However, that does not mean for someone not to try to know or unlock or try to find light. And we also know, information as we know it, is not available to the average person. Having said all that, you simply must know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses.
Jokers will never stop clowning the people who try to do extraordinary things. They will continuously find joy in your failures. The fact that you may have the audacity to dream, they’ll give you the – ‘WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE’ look. Your critics will never hold themselves to the same standards they hold you. Don’t expect them to judge you on the same principles they judge themselves.
I could go forever on this topic, but I’m stopping here. Enjoy the song – Ki Yes Mwen Ye.
The song was recorded at Rectify Studios. Engineered and Mixed by the Piph. Artwork was created by Pipvisions.com
Oz’Mosis – Ki Yes Mwen Ye….Who Am I? [Single Credits]
- Produced By: Tony Drumzz
- Recorded At: Rectify Studios
- Mixed and Mastered By: Piph
- Photography By: Jonel Decius of Creative Photography
- Artwork By: Pipvisions.com
- Genres: Hip Hop/Rap, Music
- Featured Album: Haitian American Experience
- Released: 3-13-2017