ATLANTA, USA- The new album, Watch the Throne, the collaborative endeavor between rappers, Jay-Z and Kanye West is set to release on iTunes on Saturday, August 8th, 2011. DH was able to follow up with the Haitian-American producer, Sham “Sak Pase” Joseph, who not only produced Rihanna’s “Man Down” track but also contributed to the Def Jam Recording of Watch The Throne.
Joseph, who currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, got connected to Def Jam by submitting samples of his work. When asked about this current accomplishment, he stated, “by far the biggest project in my career. My partner, Verse Simmonds and I have been pushing for this. It is a monumental moment for us.”
Growing up in a Haitian household, Joseph’s musical influences sparked his well sought ought production style which fuses Hip-Hop with West Indian sounds like Zouk. In the 1990’s Joseph listened to The Fugees’ album The Score- produced by Wyclef Jean’s cousin, Jerry “Wonder” Duplessis- a Grammy Award nominated composer who has also produced for Lupe Fiasco, Trey Songs, and various movie soundtracks.
Today, Joseph says that young Haitians need more role models. “Our culture should be important as the Jewish culture and other culture to pass down to our generations, I’d like to see us represent more” he shared. To encourage future musicians, artists, and young people, Joseph stressed the importance of faith and hard work.
“Make great music, as long as you have a great product, put God first. Make sure you are aligned with the one who gave you talent; it comes a lot easier. It takes a lot of faith in the music industry”.
Though The Watch the Throne LP has been his biggest project thus far, Sham “ Sak Pase” Joseph has another surprise for us. One that DH dares not to spoil. Until then, make sure you get the album and check out his work.
His last words to us regarding why he represents for the Haitian people and island culture, “ se moun fou nou ye, it’s the energy we have, that’s why people love to go to the Caribbean”.
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