Friday , March 1 2024

Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean is a Grammy Award winning, Haitian born rapper, producer and songwriter who first rose to fame in the 1990’s as part of the hip-hop trio The Fugees.

The Fugees (who are also called Refugee Camp) recorded two albums, including the multi-platinum smash The Score, before its three members — Wyclef, Pras, and Lauryn Hill — went on an indefinite hiatus to record solo albums.

Although both Pras and particularly Ms. Hill enjoyed success with their solo projects, Wyclef Jean has remained the most consistently active of the three in the years since the split. The Fugees have yet to record a reunion album, although rumors that they eventually will continue to persist.

While Wyclef’s solo albums have been hits in their own right, his humanitarian work, particularly on behalf of his native Haiti — where he is regarded as a national figure not unlike Bob Marley was in Jamaica — has been equally noteworthy. Following the devastating Haiti earthquake on January 12, 2010, Wyclef Jean began a relief effort where you can make a $5. donation by texting the word “Yele” to 501501 on your cell phone. Donations can also be made to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund at their website.

You’ll find bloggers talking about Wyclef Jean, and the earthquake relief efforts for Haiti at sites like In Entertainment.

About Glen Boyd

Glen Boyd is the author of Neil Young FAQ, released in May 2012 by Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard Publishing. He is a former BC Music Editor and current contributor, whose work has also appeared in SPIN, Ultimate Classic Rock, The Rocket, The Source and other publications. You can read more of Glen's work at the official Neil Young FAQ site. Follow Glen on Twitter and on Facebook.

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