In the beginning there was Master Dji and everyone else, and then came Dj Frede Fresh. Master Dji was a music rebel and pioneer. He was a DJ, producer and MC who broke the Creole Hip-Hop sound barrier. When Master Dji died in 1994 there was a void and an absence of sound in a movement that had not yet developed legs to crawl. During this era, Frede Fresh emerged as the torch bearer to blaze a path for Hip-Hop Haitians worldwide. Frede's eclectic and uncanny style, as well as his recognition as a Hip Hop junkie made him an unlikely candidate to bring the mountain to Moses. Not yet a producer and definitely not a rapper in the likeness of Master Dji, Frede could only rely on the mix to carry the message. Since the mountain was too heavy to move, Dj Frede Fresh built a bridge that resulted in the fusion of the music of two cultures that long ago had collided creating a new consciousness surrounded by a cage of indifference. Thus Hip-Hop Konpa was born out of the effort to free the burgeoning creativity. The Hip-Hop Konpa mix was the interfce connection of Konpa to Hip Hop. The Konpa mashups were the precursor to approval and today is the primary catalyst of the Haitian Hip-Hop revolution.
The concept and sound of Hip-Hop Konpa was not immediately embraced by the Konpa direk purists and the hardest of Hip Hop fanatics. As Frede experimented with matching the hard hitting beats of hip-hop on the guitar-laden, brass brandishing, and haunting pads of Konpa, Hip-Hop as a culture was taking the world by storm and transforming the musical landscape. The Fugees dropped the highest selling rap album in history and Wyclef Jean became the most popular Haitian in the world. Even as the hip-hop genre went viral infecting everyone from every culture and country in the world, the acceptance of the revolutionary direction for Konpa towards the provocative and rogue Hip-Hop culture would not come easy. Frede endeared the challenge of creating a sound contagious enough to satisfy the finicky Haitian masses, that loved Konpa, accepted Reggae, Soca, Calypso, and Hip-Hop but was unwilling to embrace anything that threatened the "purity" of these sounds.
Then came a break. In 1999 on the verge of releasing his first album in 8 years, Alan Cave, the most transcendental Haitian Konpa singer in the world, was working with Kompa Magazine on a marketing strategy to promote the first single from his unreleased album "Se pa pou Dat." Respected for his mixtape management and hustle, Frede was summons to help with promotion and to saturate the streets. The mixtape, Kompa Grooves, was a success of epic proportions throughout the Haitian Diaspora. On the strength of the mixtape, in 2001 Alan Cave's "Se pa pou Dat" became the most distributed CD in modern Haitian history. That was the beginning of Frede's musical relationship with Alan and the elopement of Konpa and Hip-Hop. Two months later Frede dropped the club anthem "Ayiti Throw Your Hands Up" aptly retitled on the streets as "The Haitian Party Anthem." Built on the foundation of Pharel's production of the Jay-Z smash "I Just Wanna Love You", made Dj Frede Fresh a household name in Haitian communities throughout the world.
The creation of over 100 club-endorsed Konpa mash-ups and remixes makes Dj Frede Fresh, the originator of the style, the official sound bearer. The influence of his own Hip-Hop Konpa mixes and the constant infusion of Konpa in Frede's life left an indelible mark on his production style. Frede's Hip-Hop productions are carved on a Hip-Hop canvas etched with guitar strings, brass winds, and pounding pads - creating a unique sound that is undeniably his and no one elses.
Alan Cave, Alex Abellard, Eddy St. Vil, Roberto Martino, Reynaldo Martino, Shedley Abraham, Fabrice Rouzier, Keke Belizare, You-You, Patrick Apollon, Richard Cave, Master Dji, Kompa Magazine, Papa Jube, JP 2Phat, The Dream Team (NY), Dj Coke, Dj Franky, Dj Superduke, T-Vice, Zin, Phantoms, King Kino, Djakout Mizik, Carimi, Konpa Kreyol, Michael Benjamin, Dj Scribble, Green Lanthern, Kid Capri, Red Alert, Marley Marl, Ron G, Dj Ace, Gran Master Flash, Powermix, Dj Clue, Dj Envy, Scott Torch, Funk Master Flex, Dj Enough, Jam Master Jay, Cut Creator, Dj Bobby Jam
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