Get to know socially conscious Haiti based rapper TroubleBoy Hitmaker. In one of his recent songs he reminds us all that only Haitians can change Haiti, the song Nou Ka Chanje Ayiti featuring Sandra have been one of his most popular songs.
What Is Your Real name and how did you come up with TroubleBoy Hit Maker?
My real name is Jolissaint Lord Wensky. The name Trouble Boy came from my attitude, the way that I carry myself, all that I am, everything that is related to my life has to go under the name Trouble Boy when it comes to music.
Where did you grow up?
I started creating music ever since I was in school in Au Cap after that I began exporting it more when I went to school in Petion Ville
Musically, what are your biggest influences and who are your favorite musicians?
I don’t really have a preference I think musicians are influenced by all music in general but my big 3 are Jay Z, Lil Wayne & Eminem.
What do you think of the hip hop scene in Haiti?
I feel that in my country it’s the greatest way for the young people to express themselves, hip hop is life maybe we haven’t realized it yet but it will become bigger and more beautiful day by day. Hip hop is the mirror image of the young people of Haiti, hip hop is life.
How would you describe your own style?
I can describe my style as my life, it’s my reality. As I get older I attract an older crowd and it becomes more beautiful. I mix hip hop, reggae, afro that’s what I vibe to.
Who do you collaborate with and why?
I collaborate with many artists like Wendy, Baky, Jude Jean, Izolan, Sandra, Steves J Bryan, Sebastien Pierre starting with the first album Shut Up Epi Tande and ending with the mixtape IS3. If an artist approaches me or I approach them and the vibes feel right then there’s a collaboration.
In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started?
It was easier before but now there are more people listening, I always want the music to be better and now I play with a band, bass, drums, piano, and background vocals so I spend more time to take care of what I’m doing so I can satisfy more people
What are the main inspirations for the lyrics you write?
Everything inspires me but what inspires me the most is life and women
Have you performed in the US yet, if no why?
I haven’t performed in the U.S but soon enough I will.
What would be your dream venue in which to perform?
I don’t have a specific in mind but my dream is to perform everywhere.
Here’s one of our recent interviews with TroubleBoy in Haiti.