Wyclef Jean

New Music: Chance the Rapper f/ Wyclef Jean, Jessie Ware, & Elle Varner – ‘Wonderful Everyday: Arthur’

Jessie Ware and Chance the Rapper

Ahead of his appearance at Lollapalooza 2014 this weekend, Chance the Rapper and The Social Experiment debut “Wonderful Everyday: Arthur,” a cover of the theme song to the PBS children’s cartoon “Arthur,” which was originally recorded by Ziggy Marley.

The feel-good track features additional vocals from Wyclef Jean, Jessie Ware, Elle Varner, Francis & The Lights, Eryn Allen Kane & The O’My’s, Peter Cottontale, and Donnie Trumpet.

The Chicago MC performed it live at the Sasquatch festival in Washington in May. He plans to debut new material during his Lolla set on Sunday, which will be streamed live at 9 p.m. CST.

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Wyclef Jean Pens Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Wyclef Jean and Nelson Mandela

As world leaders honor Nelson Mandela at a memorial service in Johannesburg today, Wyclef Jean celebrates the life and legacy of the civil rights icon in song. The Fugees frontman plays guitar and sings the praises of Madiba on his acoustic dedication.

“He was ready for the fire squad/ To die for equal rights and justice/ I wrote this song/ I shook the hand of the prophet/ Nelson Mandela,” sings Wyclef, who performed for Mandela at Mandela Day in 2009.

Hear Clef’s touching tribute below.

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New Music: Wyclef Jean – ‘April Showers’ [Mixtape]

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While Lauryn Hill has inked a new deal with Sony, her Fugees bandmate Wyclef Jean is touting his first mixtape April Showers.

The Haitian rapper crafts 33 tracks including the previously released “Hip Hop” and “Mid Life Crisis.” Clef calls on some familiar names including T.I., Waka Flocka Flame, Mobb Deep, and the late Whitney Houston (whose dubplates he releases), while introducing new talent signed to his Refugee La Republique Records.

“With April Showers, I am going to show you where I feel the evolution and future of music is going. From this body of work you can expect a futuristic sonic eclectic sound,” says Wyclef. “April Showers promises a forecast that will help bring brighter days to hip-hop fans across the globe.”

Download his tape and watch the video for “Mid Life Crisis” below.

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Video: Wyclef Jean – ‘Started From the Bottom (Freestyle)’

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Wyclef Jean gets on his bilingual flow as he reps for his Haitians in the video for his freestyle to Drake’s “Started From the Bottom.” The former Fugees frontman, who can be seen on ABC’s hit drama “Nashville,” raps about his humble beginnings, coming from a “hut with no shirt” to “living in a mansion.”

“Started out in Haiti, now the whole Zoes are here,” spits Clef while playing the guitar in the studio.

Wyclef will drop his mixtape April Showers later this month.

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New Music: Wyclef Jean – ‘Hip-Hop’

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Wyclef Jean writes a love letter to “Hip-Hop” on his latest record, which premiered on Power 105.1. The former Fugees frontman takes a trip down memory lane, honoring pioneers from the past like Afrika Bambaataa and KRS-One, and shouting out today’s newest stars like A$AP Rocky and Odd Future.

He addresses the latest drug trend in hip-hop (“I see molly is the new cocaine”), recalls appearing as an extra in a Rakim video, and pays respect to his own group (“I miss OutKast like people miss the Fugees”).

Bridge the gap with Clef.

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Wyclef Jean Strips Down for His 43rd Birthday

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If you got it…flaunt it? Wyclef Jean seems to believe so and posted a revealing photo of himself atop a motorcycle wearing nothing but underwear.

“TODAY I AM 43 YEARS OLD! I look And feel 26! U cant keep à good Man down! Keep à smile when they want you to frown!” tweeted the Fugees frontman, showing off his muscular physique.

“Sexy Clef lmao!!” said one fan on Twitter while others added, “I thought this pic was BS when I saw it on my TL… Just WHY?!” and “wow…uh well happy birthday…nice to see that a man cares about his undergarments matching his bike. Lmbo!!! Enjoy!”

Happy birthday, Clef!

Video: Wyclef Jean – ‘Justice (If You’re 17)’ [Trayvon Martin Tribute]

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Wyclef Jean cries out for Trayvon Martin and “every 17-year-old around the entire globe” in the video for “Justice (If You’re 17),” released in response to the tragic slaying of the Florida teen.

“This is not a brand new cause,” explained the former Fugees frontman. “This did not start with Trayvon. This has been going on for way too long. We can no longer say this is not my kid. This affects everyone and we all know a 17-year-old. This is my voice and this is how I’ve been speaking my entire life.”

Watch the powerful visuals below.

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