I am not a fan of RAP and I probably will never be. It doesn’t mean that I won’t appreciate talents. But it does take a lot to make me fall in love with any artist. So when my best friend told me about him I was a little skeptical, but I must say that I was surprised . Not only is he talented, but he’s also really nice, funny, respectful. Before having an interview with him I had a chance to follow him on social media and all. I like to have an idea of who I’m about to interview so I can come up with questions that fit the person. I have been listening to his songs “Sikatris” and “Haiti pam nan diferan” among others but these two are my favorites so far. What made him stood out more to me was how he dressed and carried himself. The fact he is in school while trying to succeed to me that says a lot. LOL Lord knows sometimes even with a “normal” job you can’t keep up with school work, for him to have to travel all the time and still managing to graduate that takes dedication. A lot of people were excited to see the interview. So I hope through his interview you can learn something from him.
Who is Baky Popilè?
My real name is St-Hubert Lugendy Baptista, born on May 6th, 1991 in Cayes from the south of Haiti. My dad is a pastor and my mom is a nurse. I am the youngest out of 4 brothers. I am currently studying international relation. As a young artist, I signed with “RKM recordz” for 3 years. While sign to them I have released 1 album and 3 mixtapes.
Why did you choose this name as your artist name?
Popilè came from the fact that I would be winning awards no matter what sports I would be playing. So that’s how I got Popilè from a very young age. For Baky it was my friend who gave it to me while playing domino. He thought Baptista was too long for him to write down. From this day on I’ve kept it.
You are actually attending Université Quisqueya (a university in Haiti), how do you manage it with your career? What’s your Major?
Well, it’s not easy. But everything is about planning, so I make sure that I plan everything accordingly so neither of them overshadow one and another. Studying International Relation, I am in my 6th semester so I have a few left before I can get my bachelor.
RAP wasn’t really as popular as it is now back in the day, so when did you know that RAP is something that you would want to do? Who or what inspired you to become one?
I’ve always been a huge fan of RAP as a kid. I’ve written some songs but it was never my intention to publish anything. It was all of fun and games. Growing up I had a lot of Haitian RAP group that I looked up too. The whole reason why I started to put my music out, was when one of my friends got killed in DR (Dominican Republic). I name the song “Paskem se Ayisyen” (Because I am Haitian). It was the 1st song I ever record. This song for me was a way to start a revolution, to address things that need to be addressed . From this point on a lot of people started to show interest in me. That’s how I got signed to RKM. you can say that when I really started to see that I can make an impact with my music.
Were you skeptical of how you would be perceived by everyone like your family, friends, especially that you are in school?
To be honest, I come from a family where everyone respects each other’s opinion. My parents support my dream, if I love something they will not stop me from exploring it. They will actually guide me through It by giving me advice and be there for me. They are only concern about me being on the right path. They know who they raise so, they weren’t as worried. Whatever I want to do they give me the green light to do so. I was not worried about how people would be perceived me. My thing is I am doing it for me before doing it for anyone else. Plus, I wouldn’t allow this to make me quit school, I believe I can do both.
What do you think makes you different from the other rappers in Haiti? How would you like the people to see you?
Every rapper in Haiti is different from one another because they are different people. They are all inspired by different things. Each of us are on a different mission. So that’s why I’m different than them. I want to bring something completely different than what everyone else is bringing. I hope that my colleagues will see me as I see them. Respect me for who I am. I am who I am, I don’t intend on changing the person that I am too pleased anyone. With me what you see is what you get.
How would you describe Baky Popilè style (clothing wise)?
When it comes to dressing Baky is different. I know that my body love certain type of clothes. If I put something on, you best believe that everyone is going to fall for it. I don’t like anything complicated, I am a very simple guy. I love to be different. I like when I walk somewhere that people know I’m an artist.
I see that you have some really powerful songs, but one of my favorites is ” Sikatris” Avec Ti Joe Zenny. I always wonder if Sikatris was based on a true story. Is it?
Glory to God is not a true story, I don’t know how I would be able to handle it. It’s one of those imaginary stories. But the moment I wrote it, I knew it was going to touch a lot of people. Especially the one that have lost their love ones. I wanted my music to be a reminder of how things will be okay, in a way to remind them of the one they’ve lost along the way.
A second one is “Haiti Pam nan Diferan ” Ft J Perry. What was the inspiration behind it? Why choose these specifics artists to collaborate with on these songs?
I wanted people to know that my Haiti is different than what they know of. I wanted to send a message through the song which is Haiti is more than what you’ve been shown on television , the country has so many beautiful landscapes that you can visit. Our culture is beautiful and rich. J Perry is one of the few artists that is always interested in making a positive song about Haiti. I reached out to him to talk about the idea, from there the rest is history.
If you could do one thing right now what would it be?
I would want to heal one of my friend who’s sick. Also to sleep because I am tired as we speak lol.
What are your hopes for Haiti? How do you hope to impact Haiti?
My hopes for Haiti are the same as this young generation who wants to see a change in the country in every shape or form. We want a better life for every single Haitian, not just one social class. I hope through my music I can inspire and also through what I study I make a difference while bringing something fresh to the table. Knowledge is power so through it I can bring a little bit of my participation.
Besides music, what does Baky enjoy to do?
I love hanging out with friends, play with my PlayStation, travel, relax myself and eat.
What should we hope to see next for Baky Popilè? Whether it’s music or any other ventures? Maybe a tour?
I am currently working on my new album, so stay tuned for the new music and videos. We are planning for a new tour; you know we have a lot of countries we hope to visit.
Would you say Baky is single or? If you are single, what do you look for in a woman?
This is kind of personal lol I don’t really like to talk about my personal life. Because a relationship is always changing. I can tell you something while we are speaking today lol, and tomorrow you might ask me the same question. You might get another answer because I am mad lol. So yes I like to keep this part private. Just know that I am here, living life … What I look for in a woman is honesty, that she have self-respect. Everything else doesn’t really matter.
It’s a tradition for me to ask anyone that I’m interviewing if they have one last thing they would like to say. I don’t know a message or anything that I might have left out to the readers.
I want to say thank you for interviewing me. Thank you to all my fans that have been with me since the beginning, and to the ones that are just now following me. I know that you have been waiting for some new music it’s coming. I promise that this month you will be getting some new materials. Also, I’ll be announcing the new album. I’ve grown so much from the last time you saw me. I will be bringing a lot of amazing things soon. I love you guys so much. Love and peace.
Thank you to Baky for allowing me to interview him, I appreciated how nice he was when I reached out to him. I always have a huge respect for people who give others a chance. This whole interview process was funny to me because of how busy he was. We literally couldn’t get our schedule to coincide with one and another but we came up with a plan. Trying to coordinate was a little tough. I was a fan of him before the interview by the end he made me a FAN lol. He is so down to earth.
So Lady Sergine lovebugs, you can keep with him by following him on Instagram @bakypopile, Facebook @Baky, his website is http://www.bakypopile.com.
PS all pictures are from Baky social media .
Lady Sergine 🌹💋