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Wyclef Jean

Lead Fugees rapper and sometime-guitarist Wyclef Jean was the first member of his group to embark on a solo career, and he proved even more ambitious and eclectic on his own. As the Fugees hung in limbo, Wyclef also became hip-hop's unofficial multicultural conscience. A seemingly omnipresent activist, he assembled or participated in numerous high-profile charity benefit shows for a variety of causes, including aid for his native Haiti. The utopian one-world sensibility that fueled Wyclef's political consciousness also informed his recordings, which fused hip-hop with as many different styles of music as he could get his hands on. Given his Caribbean roots, reggae was a particular favorite. In addition to his niche as hip-hop's foremost global citizen, Clef was also a noted producer and remixer who worked with an impressive array of pop, R&B, and hip-hop talent, including Whitney Houston, Santana, Destiny's Child, and Shakira.

The son of a minister, Nelust Wyclef Jean was born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, on October 17, 1972. When he was nine, his family moved to Brooklyn's Marlborough projects. By his teenage years, Wyclef had moved to New Jersey, taken up guitar, and begun studying jazz through his high school's music department. In 1987, he also joined a rap group with his cousin Prakazrel Michel (aka Pras) and Michel's high school classmate Lauryn Hill. Initially calling themselves the Tranzlator Crew, they evolved into the Fugees, a name taken from slang for Haitian refugees. The trio signed with the Columbia-affiliated Ruffhouse label in 1993 and released their debut album, Blunted on Reality, the following year. It attracted little notice -- it peaked at only number 62 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart -- thanks to an inappropriate hardcore stance that the group wore like an ill-fitting suit. But the Fugees hit their stride on the follow-up, The Score, an eclectic, bohemian masterpiece that sounded like nothing else in 1996. Thanks to hits like "Fu-Gee-La" and "Killing Me Softly," The Score became a chart-topping phenomenon. With sales of over six million copies, it still ranks as one of the biggest-selling rap albums of all time.

Wyclef was the first Fugee to declare plans for a solo project, setting to work soon after the group completed its supporting tours. Released in the summer of 1997, The Carnival was even more musically ambitious than The Score. Its roster of guests included not only the remainder of the Fugees, but also Wyclef's siblings (who performed together in the duo Melky Sedeck), Cuban legend Celia Cruz, and New Orleans funk mainstays the Neville Brothers. The breadth of his ambition was further in evidence on the album's two hit singles; "We Trying to Stay Alive" recast Bee Gees' signature disco tune as a ghetto empowerment anthem, and the Grammy-nominated "Gone 'til November" was recorded with part of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Those two songs helped push The Carnival into a Top 20, triple-platinum showing. Wyclef subsequently stepped up his outside work for other artists. He collaborated as a producer, songwriter, and/or remixer with a diverse list of artists, including Destiny's Child ("No No No"), Whitney Houston (the title track of My Love Is Your Love), Bounty Killer, Cypress Hill, Michael Jackson, Santana ("Maria Maria"), Mick Jagger, and Canibus. He also served as Canibus' manager for a short time.

By the time Wyclef began work on his second solo album, rumors were flying about tension between individual Fugees, and despite their denials, the fact that no follow-up to The Score was in sight seemed to lend credence to all the speculation. Although Wyclef had previously announced he would put off his sophomore effort until after the next Fugees album, he was well into the project by early 2000, giving an early release of the anti-police brutality track "Diallo" (with guest vocals from Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour) via the Internet. The full album, titled The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book, was released toward the end of the summer and entered the Billboard 200 at number nine. Besides N'Dour, guests this time around included Mary J. Blige (on the Grammy-nominated duet "911"), Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Rogers, and even wrestling star the Rock. Clef also threw in a left-field cover of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here." This time around, some critics suggested that Wyclef's sprawling ambitions were growing messy, but the record went platinum nonetheless.

Still with no Fugees reunion in sight, Wyclef began preparing his third solo album, Masquerade, in 2001. He also appeared in the Jamaican gangster flick Shottas, and suffered the death of his father in a home accident. Masquerade was released in the summer of 2002, and in addition to the usual worldbeat fusions, it found Wyclef reworking songs by Bob Dylan and Frankie Valli, and featured guest shots from Tom Jones and Miri Ben-Ari. Masquerade entered the chart at number six, proving that Wyclef's freewheeling approach still held quite a bit of appeal. One year later, he returned with The Preacher's Son, and also released an album of traditional Haitian Creole music, Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101. A couple years later, Shakira sought him to co-produce, co-write, and appear on "Hips Don't Lie," a global hit that topped the Billboard Hot 100 and the pop charts in several other territories, including the U.K., Australia, and France. It was easily Wyclef's most successful collaboration.

Wyclef's solo debut got its sequel in 2007 when Carnival, Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant hit the shelves. The album had a diverse and lengthy guest list, ranging from Paul Simon to Sizzla. Its "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" became his biggest single as a lead artist in nearly a decade -- a platinum-certified, number 12 pop hit. Two years later he returned with Toussaint St. Jean: From the Hut, To the Projects, To the Mansion, which topped out at number 171 pop and number 36 R&B/hip-hop. Work on his seventh proper full-length began shortly thereafter, though it took many years for the album to materialize. The EPs If I Were President: My Haitian Experience and J'ouvert, along with scattered non-album singles and collaborations with dance acts (the Knocks, Gorgon City) and rappers (including Young Thug), all preceded Carnival III: Clefication, planned for 2017. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: J'ouvert (Deluxe Edition)

1. The Ring

2. I Swear (Feat. Young Thug)

3. Rear View

4. Holding On The Edge (Feat. Walk The Moon)

5. Little Things (Feat. T-Baby & Allyson Casado)

6. Lady Haiti

7. Party Started (Feat. Farina & Nutron)

8. Hendrix

9. Life Matters

10. If I Was President 2016

11. Kiss The Sky (Acoustic)

12. I Swear (Acoustic)

13. Hendrix (Acoustic)

14. Ne Me Quitte Pas

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Track List: I Swear (Feat. Young Thug) (Acoustic) (Single)

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Track List: I Swear (Feat. Young Thug) (Single)

1. I Swear (Feat. Young Thug)

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Track List: If I Was President 2016 (Single)

1. If I Was President 2016

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Track List: Playlist: The Very Best Of Wyclef Jean

1. Ghetto Religion (Feat. R. Kelly)

2. Hey Girl (Feat. Ayesha & Papa Don)

3. We Trying To Stay Alive (Feat. John Forté & Pras)

4. It Doesn't Matter (Feat. The Rock & Melky Sedeck)

5. Anything Can Happen

6. 911 (Feat. Mary J. Blige)

7. Two Wrongs (Feat. Claudette Ortiz)

8. Gone Till November

9. Knockin' On Heaven's Door

10. Diallo (Feat. Youssou N'Dour & MB2)

11. Something About Mary

12. Wish You Were Here

13. Gone Till November (Feat. R. Kelly & Canibus) (The Makin' Runs Remix)

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Track List: Hold On

1. Hold On (Feat. Mavado)

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Track List: From The Hut, To The Projects To The Mansion

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Track List: I'm Ready

1. I'm Ready

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Track List: If I Was President

1. If I Was President

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Track List: Fast Car (Radio Single)

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Track List: CARNIVAL VOL. II...Memoirs Of An Immigrant

Disc 1

1. Intro

2. Riot (Feat. Serj Tankian & Sizzla)

3. Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill) (Feat. Akon, Lil' Wayne & Niia)

4. Welcome To The East (Feat. Sizzla)

5. Slow Down (Feat. T.I.)

6. King & Queen (Feat. Shakira)

8. What About The Baby (Feat. Mary J. Blige)

9. Hollywood Meets Bollywood (Immigration) (Feat. Chamillionaire & Aadesh Shrivastava)

10. Any Other Day (Feat. Norah Jones)

11. Heaven's In New York

12. Selena (Feat. Melissa Jimenez)

13. Touch Your Button Carnival Jam (Feat. Will.I.Am, Melissa Jimenez, Machel Montano, Daniela Mercury, Black Alex & Djakout Mizik)

14. Outro

Disc 2

1. Million Voices (Feat. African Children's Choir)

2. Emmanuelle

3. Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill) (Feat. Akon, Lil Wayne, Raekwon & Niia) (Remix)

4. China Wine (Feat. Sun, Elephant Man & Tony Matterhorn)

5. On Tour (Feat. Lucina)

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Track List: CARNIVAL VOL. II...Memoirs Of An Immigrant (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

13. Touch Your Button Carnival Jam (Feat. Will.I.Am, Melissa Jimenez, Machel Montano, Daniela Mercury, Black Alex & Djakout Mizik)

Disc 2

4. China Wine (Feat. Sun, Elephant Man & Tony Matterhorn)

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Track List: Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant

Disc 1

13. Touch Your Button Carnival Jam (Feat. Will.I.Am, Melissa Jimenez, Machel Montano, Daniela Mercury, Black Alex & Djakout Mizik)

Disc 2

4. China Wine (Feat. Sun, Elephant Man & Tony Matterhorn)

5. On Tour (Feat. Lucina)

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Track List: Welcome To Haiti Creole 101

1. Jean Dominique Intro

2. 24 E Tan Pou Viv

3. President

4. Bicentennial

5. Generation X

6. Party By The Sea

7. Haitian Mafia

8. Le Ou Marye

9. Fistibal-Festival

10. La Bamba

11. Bay Micro'm Volume

12. Proud To Be African

13. Douce

14. Lavi New York

15. Fanm Kreyol

16. Nou Va Rive

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Track List: Party To Damascus (Remix) (Radio Mix)

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Track List: The Preacher's Son

Disc 1

1. Intro

2. Industry

3. Party To Damascus

4. Celebrate

5. Baby Daddy

6. Three Nights In Rio

7. Class Reunion

8. Baby

9. I Am Your Doctor

10. Linda

11. Take Me As I Am

12. Grateful

13. Next Generation

14. Rebel Music

15. Who Gave The Order

16. Party By The Sea

17. Party To Damascus (Remix)

Disc 2
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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Ghetto Religion (Feat. R. Kelly) (Album Version)

2. Hey Girl (Feat. Ayesha & Papa Don) (Album Version)

3. We Trying To Stay Alive (Feat. John Forté & Pras) (Album Version)

4. It Doesn't Matter (Feat. The Rock & Melky Sedeck) (Album Version)

5. Anything Can Happen (Album Version)

6. 911 (Feat. Mary J. Blige) (Album Version)

7. Two Wrongs (Feat. Claudette Ortiz)

8. Gone Till November

9. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Album Version)

10. Diallo (Feat. Youssou N'Dour & MB2) (Album Version)

11. Something About Mary (Album Version)

12. Wish You Were Here (Album Version)

13. Gone Till November (Feat. R. Kelly & Canibus) (The Makin' Runs Remix)

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Track List: Party To Damascus (Single)

1. Party To Damascus (Feat. Missy Elliott)

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Track List: Masquerade

1. Message To The Streets

2. Peace God

3. PJ's

4. 80 Bars

6. 1-800-Henchman

7. You Say Keep It Gangsta

8. Party Like I Party

9. Oh What A Night

10. Hot 93.1

11. Pussycat

12. Midnight Lovers

13. Two Wrongs

14. Instant Request

15. Thug Like Me

16. Daddy

17. Knockin' On Heaven's Door

18. The Eulogy

20. The Mix Show

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Track List: Two Wrongs

1. Two Wrongs (Feat. Claudette Ortiz)

2. Two Wrongs (Instrumental)

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Track List: The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II A Book

1. Columbia Records

2. Where Fugees At

3. Kenny Rogers - Pharoahe Monch Dub Plate

4. Thug Angels

5. It Doesn't Matter

6. 911

7. Pullin' Me In

8. Da Cypha

9. Runaway

10. Red Light District

11. Perfect Gentleman

12. Low Income

13. Whitney Houston Dub Plate

14. However You Want It

15. Hollywood To Hollywood

16. Diallo

17. Something About Mary

18. Bus Search

19. Wish You Were Here

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Track List: Divine Sorrow (Single)

1. Divine Sorrow (Feat. Avicii)

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Track List: Hendrix (Spanglish Remix) (Single)

1. Hendrix (Spanglish Remix) (Feat. Farina, Bryant Myers & Anonimus)

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Track List: My Girl (Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill) (Radio Single)

1. Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)

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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop or you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 min. When you are done press the space at and your crush's name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so freaky because it actually works.
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Don't read this . You Will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life.tomorro w will be the best day of your life. Now that You started don't stop .if You ignore this You Will have bas luck post this on 15 songs in 143 minutes . When done press space bar your crushes ñame Will appear on your Screen
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I don't understand why people say that they love a song by an artist on their artist page when they don't specify which song it is that they're talking about but whatever it really doesn't matter to anyone nuh does it
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Haven't heard this song in a fat min party lol
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i remember when this first came out that was our high school heart break song..
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Still a good song to this day wish they played some older songs like this more on the radio station where I LIVE
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love this song!
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Very nice flow
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Typo THINK!!!
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Wow deep!!! Do you this how Jesus feel when we continue to break his heart with the things we do? REPENT!! Save my soul!!!
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Light up my day make each morning better when you around.
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O Israel black people Hebrew when are we going back to Jerusalem Zion
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ajwib81
I'm in love with Devine sorrow!!
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Where my money at?
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❤️
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Anyhow. Keep it going bredren Clef.
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dat b**ch zenaida Leon..(Calle d nikky cuban minaj) annoys the f**k outta me. she puts stupid comments all over pandora. b**ch think she hot or somethin.
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this is my song!
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Cash rawls where my$
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First time listening
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Yes. Call 911
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Do you feel it?
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This was one of my favorite duets. This song I'd smooth and loving
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Scareface don't read this because actually works post on 5 song in 143min and wen done press f6 and ur loves name Will appear on screen in big letters and u Will be kissed by them on the closest Friday
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This was one of my favorite duets. This song is smooth and loving.
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Bring Real Hip-Hop back!!!
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Kiss your hand say YouTube crushes name three times say a day close your hand say your name three Times open your hand post on 15songs your crush will ask you out
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I miss old music
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scarface Don't read this because it actually work post on 5 songs in 143 min and when done press f6 and your loved name will appear on screen in big letters and you would be kissed by them on neatest Friday
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This song is so beautiful.
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i love this song lol ...
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Michellerodr i g u e z
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Other not only**
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This song was his best song tho
Only s**t was horrible
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Knew world old circumstance $
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This is what I call music.
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Kiss ur left hand
Say ur crushes name
Close ur hand
Say ur name
Say a school day
Post this on 15 different songs and ur crush will ask u out
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i really like him
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Wyclef jean is one of my favorite.... h e r e are my songs 1- going till november, 2-two wrong don't make it right, 3- greatful, 4-john 3:16, 5- 80bars. 6. L.o.v.e feat Eve..ect
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I love u wyclef jean I'm so proud of u God bless. ...
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Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name 3 times
Say a day
Close your hand
Say your name three times
Open your hand
Post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out that day
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Dolla dolla bill yall
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God is Real in Jesus Christ. Forget this world let pray for Jesus Christ to come again for us.
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' Sweetest Girl !!! , That Song Is My Shidddd <3 <3 @<3 .... Follow Mee ??!
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I told the cops you wasn't here tonight.. messing around with me is going to get you life!! This is my JAM
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% yeah that's me
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Follow me friends and am right by ya side ....one love
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Sweetest girl!!!
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