Wyclef Jean

Album cover of 2000's The Ecleftic

Wyclef Jean (born October 17, 1972) is a Haitian-born rapper, producer and former member of the superstar hip hop trio The Fugees, known now for a series of high-profile hit singles.

Born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Jean moved to Brooklyn when he was nine, then to New Jersey, where he began playing the guitar and studying jazz in high school. In 1987, Jean, his cousin Prakazrel Michel (Pras) and his classmate, Lauryn Hill, formed a group called the Tranzlator Crew before becoming The Fugees. Wyclef worked as a cabdriver.

The Fugees signed to Ruffhouse Records and released their debut, Blunted on Reality, but the album was panned and sold poorly. Their eclectic follow-up, The Score, however, sold over 17 million copies worldwide and turned the trio into international superstars. Jean soon announced plans to begin a solo career with 1997's Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars (more typically called simply The Carnival). The album's guests included Hill and Pras along with Jean's siblings, the I Threes (back-up vocals for Bob Marley), Neville Brothers and Celia Cruz. The album was a major hit, as were two singles: "We Trying to Stay Alive" (adapted from The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive") and "Gone Til November" (recorded with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra).

Jean went on to work with artists including Santana, Tevin Campbell, Cypress Hill, Bounty Killer, Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child, Sublime, Simply Red, Mya, Sinéad O'Connor, Kimberly Scott, Mick Jagger, Canibus, The Black Eyed Peas and Eric Benét. The Fugees remained in limbo during this time, with the follow-up to The Score being continually postponed as all three members cultivated solo careers. Jean's second solo album was The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book, recorded with guests Youssou N'Dour, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Rogers, The Rock and Mary J. Blige. The critical reception was mixed, with many calling the album scattershot and too far-ranging to be cohesive.

Jean's third album, Masquerade, was released in 2002 and sold well, though critics frequently panned it.

His fourth album was The Preacher's Son, an album that Wyclef considered a continuation of his first album, Carnival.

In 2004, he released his fifth album, entitled Sak Pasé Presents: Welcome to Haiti (Creole 101) (released in the United States by Koch Records). A freewheeling album that is something of a return to his Caribbean roots, most of the songs on the album are in his native language of Haitian Creole or Kreyòl.

In 2005, Jean earned a Golden Globe for his track entitled "Million Voices" featured on the soundtrack to the film Hotel Rwanda.


Discography

  • 1997 Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars
  • 2000 The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book
  • 2002 Masquerade
  • 2003 The Preacher's Son
  • 2004 Sak Pasé Presents: Creole 101 (Welcome to Haiti)

Links

  • Official Website (http://www.wyclef.com)
  • Sak Pase Records Website (http://www.sakpaserecords.net)
  • J Records Website (http://www.jrecords.com)
  • Clef Records Website (http://www.clefrecords.com)

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. From Greatest Hits, Volume 1. In 2005, Jean earned a Golden Globe for his track entitled "Million Voices" featured on the soundtrack to the film Hotel Rwanda. From Take A Look In The Mirror. A freewheeling album that is something of a return to his Caribbean roots, most of the songs on the album are in his native language of Haitian Creole or Kreyòl. From Untouchables. In 2004, he released his fifth album, entitled Sak Pasé Presents: Welcome to Haiti (Creole 101) (released in the United States by Koch Records). From Issues.

His fourth album was The Preacher's Son, an album that Wyclef considered a continuation of his first album, Carnival. From Follow The Leader. Jean's third album, Masquerade, was released in 2002 and sold well, though critics frequently panned it. From Life Is Peachy. The critical reception was mixed, with many calling the album scattershot and too far-ranging to be cohesive. From KoЯn. Blige. Most of these videos can be downloaded from KoЯnTV (http://www.korntv.com/).

Jean's second solo album was The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book, recorded with guests Youssou N'Dour, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Rogers, The Rock and Mary J.
. The Fugees remained in limbo during this time, with the follow-up to The Score being continually postponed as all three members cultivated solo careers.
. Jean went on to work with artists including Santana, Tevin Campbell, Cypress Hill, Bounty Killer, Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child, Sublime, Simply Red, Mya, Sinéad O'Connor, Kimberly Scott, Mick Jagger, Canibus, The Black Eyed Peas and Eric Benét.
. The album was a major hit, as were two singles: "We Trying to Stay Alive" (adapted from The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive") and "Gone Til November" (recorded with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra). This is the band's first line up change.

The album's guests included Hill and Pras along with Jean's siblings, the I Threes (back-up vocals for Bob Marley), Neville Brothers and Celia Cruz. Brian "Head" Welch, citing religious/moral objections to the band's music, left KoЯn on February 22, 2005. He has turned highly religious, even being baptized in the Jordan River. Jean soon announced plans to begin a solo career with 1997's Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars (more typically called simply The Carnival). The band continues to progress and experiment with new sounds, including never-before-heard in KoЯn songs, guitar solos. The band completed their record deal with Sony Records and now plans to release their future albums themselves, setting a new precedent for big name artists. Their eclectic follow-up, The Score, however, sold over 17 million copies worldwide and turned the trio into international superstars. The other is a cover of the three parts of Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall. The Fugees signed to Ruffhouse Records and released their debut, Blunted on Reality, but the album was panned and sold poorly. The first single is a cover of Cameo's 1980s hit, Word Up.

In 1987, Jean, his cousin Prakazrel Michel (Pras) and his classmate, Lauryn Hill, formed a group called the Tranzlator Crew before becoming The Fugees. Wyclef worked as a cabdriver. As of 2004, the group have remained successful: KoЯn recently released a greatest hits album, with two cover versions as singles. Born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Jean moved to Brooklyn when he was nine, then to New Jersey, where he began playing the guitar and studying jazz in high school. This band is also notable for its collaborations with some hip hop artists, like Ice Cube and Nas. Wyclef Jean (born October 17, 1972) is a Haitian-born rapper, producer and former member of the superstar hip hop trio The Fugees, known now for a series of high-profile hit singles. The group's music is a blend of pounding, tribal drums and loud, distorted seven-string guitars, and has gained the band popularity throughout the years. Clef Records Website (http://www.clefrecords.com). Davis' distinctive singing—often a series of grunts, whines and bizarre scats—and his lyrics, are inspired in part by his alleged child abuse by an unnamed party.

J Records Website (http://www.jrecords.com). KoЯn are often cited as inspiring the wave of nu metal bands that appeared in the late 1990s and early 2000s; they are credited for giving significant boosts to Limp Bizkit and Deftones. Sak Pase Records Website (http://www.sakpaserecords.net). When Davis joined the band in 1993, they changed their name to KoЯn, releasing their debut album KoЯn through Epic/Immortal Records in October 1994. Official Website (http://www.wyclef.com). They later changed their name to Creep. 2004 Sak Pasé Presents: Creole 101 (Welcome to Haiti). They originally formed as LAPD (which stood for Love And Peace Dude), which consisted of all five members apart from singer Jonathan Davis.

2003 The Preacher's Son. KoЯn is a nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, United States. 2002 Masquerade. The songs were performed by various other bands on the soundtrack album. 2000 The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book. The Queen of the Damned - Music and lyrics written and performed (in the movie) by Jonathan Davis. 1997 Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars. Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life - Did My Time.

Spawn - Kick the P.A., with Dust Brothers. End of Days - The Camel Song. The Crow: City of Angels - Sean Olsen. I Know What You Did Last Summer - Proud.

Another Brick in the Wall. Word Up. Everything I've Known. Y'all Want a Single.

Right Now. Did My Time. Alone I Break. Thoughtless.

Here To Stay. Somebody Someone. Make Me Bad. Falling Away From Me.

Freak on a Leash. Got The Life. A.D.I.D.A.S.. Shoots and Ladders.

Clown. Faget. Blind. Korn Kovers, due for release in 2005.

Greatest Hits, Volume 1, 2004. Take A Look In The Mirror, 2003. Untouchables, 2002. Issues, 1999.

Follow the Leader, 1998. Life Is Peachy, 1996. KoЯn, 1994.

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