You must go through a process of self-examination to assess your journey at one point in your life. 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 reviewed all life situations and affected me in some way, shape, or form. Who Am I? Who knew me better than I know, myself. What should be the next question? Kote’w Soti? Another song featured on the EP. That was recorded for the Haitian American Experience album, but I decided to put on this EP because I felt like it would stand well next to Ki Yes Mwen Ye.
I began to think about my unique experience, my perspective as a Haitian American, the places I have been and all the major events that have shaped my worldview. Ki YesMwen Ye was very easy to pen. I had to ask myself that question in order for me to start the process of accepting myself. Then I began to discover more things about myself. It’s one thing to know who you are, but it’s another thing to know who you are not. Of course, people will judge you. And don’t for one second they will be fair in their judgment.
Sometimes we look at ourselves based on people’s perception. Don’t let other people’s feeling mess with your emotions to the point you’re just reacting to them instead of them reacting to you. 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 his or hers — some would say “theirs”.
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, but must die in the process. We are talking about making about making major sacrifices. Jesus was looked upon as a tyrant for preaching the gospel. What would they do to me? I also drew inspiration from Steve Jobs. To me, he is the God of technology. Yet he was not exempt from criticism.
I have learned to expect criticism but to remain focus on my life mission. I believe that criticism is only directed at those who are productive. Having said that, you simply must know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses.
The song was recorded at Rectify Studios, engineered and mixed by the Piph. Artwork was created by Pip for Pipvisions.com
Engineered by Piph
Mixed & Mastered by Piph at Rectify Studios
Music & Lyrics by RODLEY MADEUS
Jonel Decius of Creative Photography