Wyclef Jean

Apr
14
New Music: Wyclef Jean – ‘Justice (If You’re 17)’

Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean cries out for Trayvon Martin and “every 17-year-old around the entire globe” on “Justice (If You’re 17),” a powerful song inspired by the tragic shooting of the Florida teen.

“He could have been the next president/ He could have been the next Steve Jobs/ He could have been the next astronaut,” sings the former Fugees frontman.

Clef issues a warning over the guitar-laced beat. “If you’re 17 with a hoodie on, watch out for the neighborhood watcher.”

Hear his tribute to Trayvon below. A video is also set to premiere on April 20.

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Mar
30
T.I., David Banner, & Wyclef Jean Confront Racial Profiling

David Banner

In the midst of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, David Banner and Wyclef Jean appeared on a special episode of BET’s “106 & Park” to discuss racial profiling and what can be done to stop it.

“What can we do to make sure that this doesn’t happen again?” asked an impassioned Banner. “We can march, we can sing, we can make songs—no we have to do something that means something so this will never happen to another child again.”

He suggested ways to bring about change by boycotting basketball games and not releasing music. “We have to find a way to hit America in its pocket or implement laws [against] people who feel like they want to be vigilantes,” he explained.

Wyclef passed along the advice he taught his daughter. “When anybody who has the authority to lock you up or take your life approaches you, the number one thing you have to learn is always remain calm and always speak calm back to the person,” advised Clef, who wore a hoodie in support of Martin. “Once you start to speak loud, the person’s gonna get louder and louder.”

T.I. also called in to share his thoughts on racial profiling, specifically when it comes to rappers. “I don’t think race should ever come into question whenever you’re looking to uphold justice and uphold the law,” said Tip.

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Apr
11
Jerry Wonda’s Bond with Wyclef Jean Remains Strong: ‘We’re Family’

Wyclef Jean and Jerry Wonda

Grammy-winning producer Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis has worked with his cousin Wyclef Jean since the beginning of their careers, and their bond is still tighter than ever. After hearing news of ‘Clef getting shot in the hand while visiting Haiti last month, he was the first person to get the call that everything was fine.

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Apr
6
Fugees Producer Says Reunion Will Happen

Fugees

It’s been over five years since the Fugees performed together, but a reunion could be on the horizon. Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis, who produced the majority of the tracks on the trio’s 1996 Grammy-winning album The Score, claims that it’s only a matter of time before Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras Michel reignite the Fugees flame.

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Mar
21
Wyclef Jean Addresses Rumors Surrounding Haiti Shooting

Wyclef Jean

Shortly after a bullet reportedly grazed his hand during a trip to Haiti, Wyclef Jean is speaking out about his injury. The Haitian musician recounted his brush with death and fired back at rumors that his story was fabricated.

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Mar
20
Wyclef Jean Shot in Hand in Haiti

Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean has been released from the hospital after being shot in the hand in his native Haiti.

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Jan
14
Video: Wyclef Jean – ‘Earthquake’

Wyclef Jean

Commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, Wyclef Jean takes it to the studio to rep for his native country in the video for “Earthquake,” a track off his If I Were President: My Haitian Experience EP. Wearing a turquoise-plaid jacket and poised in front of a microphone, the presidential hopeful sings to Mother Earth on the acoustic tune, backed by soulful singers, congo players, and a bassist. Watch Clef’s personal ode to Haiti below.

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