I offer you this autobiography to give you the truth and nothing but the truth about Who I Am, the creator and the creation. The relationship between me as an artist with me as a man will be the center of this short version of my autobiography for my music fans to have the tool to better describe me and how they can speak on my behalf. Hispaniola brand showcase my lifestyle as a black bourgeoisie, capturing by Jonel of Creating Photography and JRP Pro. The mission statement of the brand is what got me to fall in love with it. It’s in line with my personal life’s mission statement. It’s about unity. It’s about ownership It’s about beauty. It’s about life. It brings so many solutions. At this point in my life, ownership it what matters the most. Owning the narrative of our history is what I’m living for. Legacy is what drives me; therefore, we have to own our culture.
Moving our community forward is my calling. I see better. I know better; I want to show better. And that is diversity that I’m talking about. Since I can only speak from the Haitian American Experience point of view, I can only speak on things I know, personally. Redefining Black Bourgeoisie is my goal. I wear my Hispaniola Brand “Haitian By Nature” with pride because it is bringing solutions–not just For Haiti, but for Hispaniola as a whole.
1979 I was born. That year, if I came to the World by way of China, I would’ve probably be killed before I was born, as this was the year China instituted the One Child per Family rule. That was also the year technology became smaller as Sony released its Walkman. Having a Walkman during my adolescent years – you were the shit. There’s something hip-hop about walking around with your Walkman in my days of discovering the beauty hip-hop. I felt a deep connection like a kid who gets to enjoy so many different toys when I listened to Naughty By Nature. Come to think about all the things that took place during that year — 1979, it makes perfect since I am the way I am.
There was so much going on in the world the year that I was born. I was born to be unique and stand out even though I was always the smallest kid around. I was born in the midst of the world evolving to bring out more solutions. When it comes to being well-balanced with general knowledge, it’s not a coincidence for someone who was born the same year that General Knowledge Quiz Game Trivial Pursuit was launched. I was born in the great era of fashion and the rise of popular culture, which can be referred to as the earliest stage of social media that we know today.
I’m the middle child of 6 on Mom’s side and middle child of Dad’s four children that he recognized and claimed. Both of my parents are from Jean Denis, a department of Lartibonites, Haiti, 20 minutes of St. Marc. Mom had moved to Lesterre temporarily, she gave birth to me there, then moved right back to Jean Denis shortly after I was born. In All My Life, an important song that’s on the Haitian American Experience album, I rapped “Pop left before I was even born/ Mom game me away when I was Only One/ My auntie who took me and treated me like a son, got sick, passed away and I was only 6”.Those bars tell you how the first 6 years of my life are the representations of what I call “Four Full Seasons”. I met winter in the stomach. I was born into a heavy-rainy spring. Mom and Dad had already broken up the summer before; therefore, that autumn was cold as hell for all four of us — Mom, my older sister Vena; Faub mom’s oldest song, and of course, I.
I will be real with you, music is the easiest thing for me. The way I’m able to write naturally and conceptualizing a song in a matter of minutes is something that just comes naturally. I pay attention a lot; therefore, I always have something to say or add. I remember when I worked with Gazzman Couleur. I knew who I was working with. I knew his strength as a vocalist, I wrote words I could see him singing at that time. You can find that song Pou Yo if you YouTube — SDL Pou Yo. Writing for a Compas legend like Couleur, was not even a big deal for me. I was not star struck even though I appreciated him as an artist. And that’s probably why he fucked with me. Because of my friendship and association with Gazzman, I got to meet a lot of gatekeepers in the Haitian Music Industry and that has helped me to know more about our people. The Haitian American Experience is the lens I’m using here to comment. I earned my credibility. I have paid my dues. I have met the majority of the people who are “leaders” of our community, most of them have come very small when I see where we are at collectively. I believe we can do better and we will surely do better.
We are talking Creole Hip-hop, I have always been the one to raise the bar higher. I’m like the legendary Prince who kept it a G; his size was not a limitation for him. The artist and art should not be separated. The artist making the art should be what his or her art represents. Music has been what keep me balanced. I never want to sell myself short. My music is as honest as you will be able to find music. I don’t rap anything that’s not my truth.
I have always had an impacted on the Haitian American Experience. Whether at Santaluces High, Palm Beach Community College at the time, now known as Palm Palm Beach State College, or the University of Central Florida, I have always been a vanguard in moving our culture forward. But what I want to do now is customizing a more improved culture. My many conversations with Pip inspire me to update some of our belief systems. We have a lot of things that keep us behind as people that we need to change. That’s why we are now having our Hispaniola Neo-Custom Meet & Greet powered by HMI Buzz. My team and I believe doing good commerce is the only way we can create the culture we want to see. We are looking for content creators, content developers, and aspiring entrepreneurs to join us in putting a culture that reflects them as well and that promotes diversity.
In Kote’w Soti, which features on the Black Bourgeoisie EP, I gave a vivid depiction of where I’m from. All the places that have shaped me into the person that I am today.
I can’t remember when I was not an artist. All my life, I have always been a person who loves to express himself, using art. I would draw. It got old. As a cloth-less kid, I would sing and dance for an audience, and people in the people within that audience would be smiling, laughing, giving me money. I gave them good entertainment and for that, they showed appreciation for my talent, stage presence, and they invested in me. I was born to do whatever that you see me doing now. I’m not doing a lot of new things. I’m not into new things.
There’s nothing new under the sun, I can attest to that. “Si’w pa konn konte’w soti, ou pap konn kote’w prale – translating to if you don’t know where you’re from, you won’t know where you’re coming from”, I rapped in Kote’w Soti. I’m proud of where I’m from. I love home, Jean Denis where I learned everything about life before I turned 6. At 6, the closest person to me passed. The next 6 years were hell, as I experienced child abuse away a kid should never have to experience. There will be more detailed accounts of the events that affected my life tremendously in my autobiographical book that I’m working on.
Ki Yes Mwen Ye – Who Am I, in that song, I let it be known that I reached adulthood utterly. I made peace with who I am and who I’m not. I’ve accepted my full self and begun to love my imperfections.
My milestones in the music industry, the HMI specifically, there are plenty to cherish. I appreciate all the lessons; they all have taught me. Creating Sky’z Da Limit and recorded two classic Creole Hip-hop albums – Haiti: Love & Politics and Afriayiti, will forever put me in the conversation as a GOAT when we’re talking Creole Hip-hop. Or what I call KABRIT, which means — Keep Advancing, But Rest In Timelessness. I have performed on a lot of stages, big and small, but I feel like I’m only starting with my music career. My latest project — seven track Black Bourgeoisie EP, is to show where I’m at with it musically. What I did as a member of the group (SDL) will be the back story. My solo career started with the Viv Pou Mouri Mouri Pou Viv project and everything else that will follow. Each project has a bio that expresses how it came to life. Read all of them to help you see the artist in a better light and understand why I make the type of music I make – straightforward with respect to artistry. The best has yet to come for me.
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 EP was birthed. Since I’m at…