Nowadays, collaborations between compas artists and Haitian hip-hop MCs are more common and accepted within the Haitian Music Industry. However, before many could envision the two genres, not only coexist, but work together in harmony, collaborative efforts had to be made to bridge that gap. I was one of the first Haitian hip-hop MCs who started the trend of compiling the two genres. I penned “Fason’w Pale” for Sky’z Da Limit’s first album (his former band) – Haiti: Love & Politics. The song was sequenced by Stephane Giles, who is now Sweet Micky’s keyboard player. That record was a big buzzing track for Sky’z Da Limit, which later influenced Grouv La to put it on their first album as well. Hence, it was very natural for Oz’mosis and Flav, the lead singer of popular compas band Gabel, to hook up together for “Ouvri Ke’w” a song produced by Tony Drumzz; which is the first official single off my upcoming project–Haitian American Experience, due to be released summer 2017.
I’ve always wanted to do a song with Flav. He is one of my favorite young compas singers of today. Normally, when I do a song with a compas artist, I’m the sole songwriter. With this one, I wanted Flav to do his own thing, as far as writing. I sent him the beat, he composed the hook and submitted it to me, from which I was very impressed. I wasted no time to write my verses.
The song “Ouvri ke’w” is about a girl who’s reluctant to try love again because she was deeply scarred from a previous relationship. “Cheri’m konnen kè’w brize/ kounyè’w deside, pou’w pa kite’m antre/ pou tout sa’l te fè’w pase, kounyè deside se mwen’k pou peye sa” –
In translation: “I know your heart has been broken and has a lot of bruises, now you don’t want to let me in/ for all he put you through, now you decide I have to pay for them” .My verses provide the imagery that supports the hook of the song and brings the concept to life.
The song “Ouri Ke’w” is very descriptive. I’m using a well-articulated position that proves I’m is different and worth the risk. “Mwen ka konprann pouki’w pa vle pataje ke’w/ paske te fin te fin te fin sakaje ke’w/ kadnase ke’w, epi jete kle a nan fon lan/ pa konn naje t’oblije plonje nan fon lan/ al cheche’l, gras a Dieu monte ave’l san’m pa neye/ mwen ta renmen genyen ke’w, san’m pa paye “, I rap. To translate: “I understand why you don’t want to share your heart/ because he damaged your heart/ locked it up and threw away the key/ I didn’t even know how to swim, jumped into the deep ocean to go find it/ babe, I would love to have your heart without paying for it”.
The video for the single “Ouvri Ke’w” is currently in production. This single will be the first feature video from Haitian American Experience. The album will be released with a documentary to educate new and prospective Creole hip-hop fans on what I have done to help push the envelope for Creole hip-hop here in the Diaspora, particularly the United States.
The song was Produced by Tony Drumzz, recorded at Tony Drumzz Studios. Engineered and Mixed by Tony “Drumzz” Cotin. Artwork was created by Pipvisions.com
Oz’Mosis – Ouvri Ke’w… Open Your Heart [Single Credits]
- Featuring: Flav Athlet
- Produced By: Tony Drumzz
- Recorded At: Tony Dumzz Studios
- Mixed and Mastered By: Tony “Dumzz” Cotin
- Photography By: Ron Mentor
- Artwork By: Pipvisions.com
- Genres: Hip Hop/Rap, Music
- Featured Album: Haitian American Experience
- Released: 3-08-2017