The Black Bourgeoisie E.P came to fruition as a result of how the Haitian American Experience album reached its limit. These are seven songs that didn’t make the album. After recording the album, we realized we had a whole project between the songs that didn’t make the album. That’s how the E.P was birthed. Since I’m at a point of my life where I’m focusing on solving more problems, this E.P has given me what I was looking for — the direction to go musically and how to approach the music business. This E.P is about bringing more solutions on how to attain a greater life. I want to focus more on performance this time around. The E.P is a great performing playlist for me. I have already tested some songs and they all have been well-received. Not too long ago, I performed at the Sugar Plum Open Mic, it was amazing to see how people who didn’t speak Haitian Creole in the building were vibing to me performing Ki Yes Mwen Ye, Kote’w Soti, and Black Bourgeoisie that night.
If we’re talking GOAT or K.A.B.R.I.T, let’s see who and what’s performing better through Time. Let’s get the data. I believe we have to customize the culture that we want to be part of. I feel like my energy is needed to move the Haitian American community forward. I want to help us go forward to our roots as Black Bourgeoisie people. In Kote’w Soti I knew it was important for my fans to picture where I came from. I gave a vivid picture of the Jean Denis I know. Coming from where I come from provides me with all of the right to speak on behalf of the Haitian American Community. The 20 page Black Bourgeoisie Essay that’s a part of the E.P package will give a more in-depth break down of the Black Bourgeoisie Philosophy. I believe these 7 songs are records that will age well for me. I went through a lot while making this project. The pain I endured while I was making the E.P is one of the reasons it will always be dear to my heart. How I was able to transform as a man–is what this E.P displays and embodies. It was about time to put together a rule-book for my personal life. Working on me first; then my business life improved when I started making various implementations in my life. I began to become more conscious of what I was consuming physically, spiritually, and mentally. I had to learn how to balance my personal life with my business life and maximize my time.
This is my first E.P, but I’m already working on another one, which combines the sounds of — Zouk, Hip-hop, R&B, and Compas. Those E.Ps will be like my short films. The Making Of Black Bourgeoisie documentary provides a different form of a window to view the life of Black Bourgeoisie through sharing my lifestyle. Hispaniola has provided me with a great platform to share my life as a Black Bourgeoisie. I needed such a platform that can bring me so many different opportunities to expand.
The Haitian American Experience (HAE) album is a 3-part album series that I’ve decided to create and make public. My team and I agreed to give the fans a free listen with this E.P. Everyone will get the opportunity to stream the Black Bourgeoisie E.P on Musiqplug.com for free for a period of time we have yet to set. My fans will have a chance to see where I’m at with it musically. They will hear my perspectives on different topics that are affecting the Haitian American Experience. I touch on a lot of different subjects on this E.P that are engaging subjects, some would even be categorized touchy. Those seven songs were selected from 11 songs that didn’t get picked to be on HAE Vol. 1. However, in many ways, those songs represent the album in its true essence.
The pre-season is made to get you ready for the regular season. You, my fans, can have an idea on what to expect from the HAE album when it’s released, which took me 4 years to record. At one point, I thought this album was never going to reach completion. The process to make this E.P is what makes me the proudest. There were a lot of things happening while I was working on the HAE album, especially when I became ill. I’m not going to reveal my illness, but it was so critical to the point I could have lost my voice permanently. Having the thought that I may never be heard again messed with me intensely. With God and Pip’s advice, I was able to cure myself. I talk more about my process in the essay.
The E.P song title – Black Bourgeoisie, was the first song I recorded for the Haitian American Experience album. I decided to put it on the E.P because it inspired a whole project on its own. It covers so much ground. It helped me find the direction I needed for the album. I was going through a major transformational period in my life when I wrote that song. In many ways, it defines what Black Bourgeoisie is and it is not, as well as, stating the standards that we should thrive to live up to.
Coming back to the United States from Haiti, after a whole year, I was in a different state of mind where things started to get clearer and me embracing my full self. I was looking at the world with a new lens. I was asking myself a lot of questions. One of them stuck – “What Have You Done For Haiti?” This question brought me some very dominant thoughts. For Haiti means thinking for Haiti; thinking for Hispaniola. That song is asking a very simple question to every Haitian, I included. I want us all, Haitians, to ask ourselves that question – #WHYDFH Kisa’w Fe Pou Ayiti? This will help bring us more solutions and opportunities to advance our Ayiti.
The purpose of the E.P is to prepare the ears of the listeners for the album – HAE Vol.1 This E.P would not have been possible without the benevolence of my producer, Tony Drumz, whom when a lot of closed friends abandoned me, he was there for me. He was there when I was ill; he gave me the confidence and the emotional support I needed when I wanted to quit. Drumzz has taught me a lot about brotherhood. He kept me alive by giving me his time — that I could not even afford at the time. We have that musical bond that has allowed us to create dope music. He has helped me to grow as a person and a creator. Drumzz is my brother forever.
I tried to thank everyone on MESI, the last song on the Haitian American Album. Although the song is very lengthy, and still I couldn’t reach my goal. There are people who have contributed to my growth and the making of this E.P that I can’t even quantify. I had to thank all those who gave me opportunities to learn, good or bad in a song.
I’m on a team with nothing but selfless individuals who find joy in helping one another to succeed. Everyone on my team has helped me to appreciate the process more. It’s a beautiful thing when you know you have great people in your circle you can count on. I hold a deep sentiment of gratitude towards Pip, who challenged me to be better. He kept it 1K with me on everything. Max Barber who provided great support to me, deserves significant credit for the release of this project. My Brother, Fritz Loriston aka Zoe, did that with my artist bio. Jay Wizzle you believe in me from day one and you have invested so much of your time and creative energies to benefit the E.P greatly. We have so much coming. We have big plans to do big things. Rigo Oczeus (Piph) is another day 1, who was there for me. He mixed most of the E.P. My brother Piph, you came through for me and for that I’m beyond thankful. And all the people who somehow contributed to this musical journey that I have embarked, I thank you all.
The Black Bourgeoisie essay will break down the term Black Bourgeoisie and will address some of the negative connotations associated with it. The essay talks about the responsibilities of the Black Bourgeoisie class. Since this is the age of accountability, I have to hold all the “Haitian Bourgeois” accountable for the current state of Haiti.
It comes a time when you have to go harder. Like Pip loves to put it, “you can’t stop TIME to have your moment”.
Marvel, Flav Athlet, Piti Rich, Enock Bordes & Bennchoumy
Tony Drumzz & BigOne Beats Production
Engineered by Tony Drumzz & Piph
Mixed by Tony Drumzz & Piph
Mastered by Jay Wizzle at JW Film & Music Studio
Music & Lyrics by RODLEY MADEUS