Ate ah food / by Cyrus Moussavi

Make It Hapn at home, Barataria, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Photo: DGainz

Make It Hapn at home, Barataria, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Photo: DGainz

The Make It Hapn video was a huge success on facebook.  People shared it around and trolled each other about class, race, and Trinidad's huge wage-gap.  Is Make It advocating violence and extortion?  Is he a humble and unfairly maligned messenger from the street?  Is he just hungry?  

No one argued that "Mus Eat Ah Food" is not a full-on banger.  I listened to the thing at least a hundred times while editing the video and never got tired of it.  

The song, it turns out, is a track from Make It's first album "Ghetto Child" -- a lost classic released almost a decade ago.  It was sold hand-to-hand throughout Port of Spain.  Beebo, Make It's producer and a mountain of Trini music knowledge, says they produced 500 copies.  Music pirates took over, and Beebo estimates there are 5,000 physical copies floating around the island.  

Many people who came in contact with the original album wrote about what an impact it made, and it's telling that a ten-year old song can resonate so loudly in Trinidad today.  People are still pissed about the same inequalities.  But life isn't bad enough for full-on public outrage, and the famous "9 Day Rule" ("people remember things for about 9 days before moving on," many people in Trinidad told me) is not conducive to revolution.  So Make It remains relevant, and people share away on facebook...

Thanks to LargeUp Magazine and SoundFriend for the features on the video.