Published on July 3rd, 2017 | by Jerry Doby0
A Conversation With Haitian Fresh
Coming out of Daytona Beach and working the word “sanzave” in wherever he can, MC Haitian Fresh (@itshaitianfresh) rocketed to fame in 2008. Born Jimmy Revolus, the MC began posting and uploading his hooky, Southern-influenced brand of hip-hop in 2007. He hit late that year with the track “I Been On It,” and then in early 2008 he dropped the Zoe Nation mixtape. He also dropped the mixtape Mr. Haiti and signed with Wyclef’s Sak Pasé Records in 2008, the label who issued his hit single, “Gon Joc,” that same year.
From the outside looking in, who is Haitian Fresh?
I am a Haitian recording artist and record producer who was signed to Wyclef’s Sak Pasé Records and Waka Flocka‘s Brick Squad Monopoly. I am currently signed to Trizzy’s Ruby Recordings, my album Zoe Motivation 101 was released last year in September. I was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I came to America when I was 8 years old. My family moved to Florida and been there ever since. as a young kid, I always wanted to be the best at everything I do, I always loved music, all types of music, country music, hip-hop music, etc… I remember watching Michael Jackson having millions of people yelling his name. Ever since then, I wanted that. I wanted to speak to the world through my music. I got my big break in 08 with my first single gon joc with the hip-hop star Lil Boosie. The song is still being played in clubs years later, that’s how I know I have a place in hip-hop. I’m the only rapper in history to ever perform at 106 n park and walk the red carpet on BET big stage without a record deal also appeared on the BET show the deal, and SOS show with Justin Bieber, Queen Latifah, Wyclef, Trick Daddy, Diddy, Monica, and Akon.
What brought you to the entertainment industry, music specifically?
I was influenced by Ice Cube, Wyclef Jean, LL Cool J, Will Smith, trick daddy, 2 Pac, all great legends in hip hop world I mainly respect them for what they have done.
What do you want people to get from your music?
I want people to understand the love I have for my Haitian people, the love I have for all underdogs across the world I want people to see my journey my struggles and my achievements I want people to see how I came in the industry with nothing and finally getting something back from hard work. I want the kids to know anyone can become a rapper but not everyone can be an artist, entertainer, or musician. I want people to understand if u work hard and give it everything u got, and trust the process, you will be rewarded. It’s all about hard work and dedication if u love something it’s no longer work.
Tell us about your current project.
I just released my new single called SANZAVE ft future’s artist Zoey Dollaz which is already at 1.5 million views on Soundcloud 4.8 million on facebook, and a couple hundred thousand on youtube. Within the last 3 weeks of debut and working on new mixtape called sanzave or die which scheduke to be release on October 12. This time im much wiser more lyrical and much more ready and experienced.
For new listeners, what song of yours would you pick as an introduction to you as an artist?
The song of mine would definitely be my hit single “Gon Joc” which predicted everything that’s going on in my life now.
Tell us a bit about your work and passions OUTSIDE of music…
Outside music my life is simple, I’m the best father in the world. I’m heavily into real estate also have my broker license I do a lot of charity work and I enjoy helping juvenile kids helping them stay out of jail and trying to create different jobs for the youth.
Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” aka WTF?! moment…
I remember one early morning Wyclef told me we were going to walk half a mile in Manhattan NY and we end up running 3 miles and worked out for two hours and my body was hurt for a whole month. That’s when I realized being an artist is more than lyrics, its 90% mental and hard work.