When I first started working on this album I didn't really have a specific plan for it. I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to take so I just wrote about my experiences for the past couple of years. & I wouldn't say that this was a dark album but I had to deal with death of family, friends and disjointed relationships. As a result, these were some of the things that I wrote about during that time. I also tried to incorporate my Haitian background which influenced this album by using Haitian rhythms, traditions, dialects, and other worldly/Pacific/Caribbean island sounds.
Still overall, this album is about overcoming tragic events and conquering demons instead of letting them consume you. Several different Japanese Proverbs explain that to do this we have to be more like bamboo. "When stress and hardships bring us to our breaking point, be like bamboo, Resilient. Bend but don't break." The lessons learned from bamboo helped me create this album. These lessons lettered me on flexibility, patience, wisdom/growth, and resiliency. No one is perfect.... but the greatest lesson from bamboo is to be Resilient.
Ehbert Talice, real name no gimmicks, was born in Haiti where the cultural rhythms and drum patterns filled his youth and still find their way into the post-modern hip hop he now creates. While his roots were germinated in world music, his contemporary production chops and laid back style were informed by American artists like A Tribe Called Quest and Erykah Badu.
Having moved to Las Vegas in his teens, Talice gravitated to the local rap scene and released two back-to-back mix-tapes in 2011 and 2012 which were later compiled into the Grind LP which received underground nods from sites such as ILTT. This burst of creative output was followed by a tumultuousand painful time in Talice’s life which put a pause to the applause.
It was during this time that Ehbert began avidly reading Japanese proverbs, one of which read “the bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.” He took this to heart, given his emotional state, and decided that in order to thrive he needed to be able to ‘bend’ during these hard times. “When it felt like I could finally come up for air, I knew I had to be sharper” asserts Ehbert who decided to call his new album Resilient. “These songs helped me deal with the darkest times of my life and the light at the end of the tunnel is being able to share them with the world"