Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean



Nel Ust Wyclef Jean[1] (/ˈwklɪf ˈʒɒn/; born on October 17, 1969),[1][2] better known by his professional name Wyclef Jean, is a Haitian rapper, musician and actor.[3][4] At the age of nine,[5] Jean immigrated to the United States with his family and settled there. He first achieved fame as a member of the New Jersey hip hop group the Fugees. Jean has won three Grammy Awards for his musical work.[6]

On August 5, 2010, Jean filed for candidacy in the 2010 Haitian presidential election.[7] The Electoral Commission ruled him as ineligible to stand for office, as he had not met the constitutional requirement to have been resident in Haiti for five years.[2][8]

Jean's efforts at earthquake relief, highly publicized in 2010 throughout Haiti and the United States, were channeled through his charitable organization, Yéle Haiti. The charity, which conducted education and welfare activities in Haiti between 2005 and 2010, effectively closed in 2012. It was investigated for failure to file tax returns and mismanagement of funds; a high proportion of its money went to travel and administrative expense. The New York Times reported that much of the money raised by the organization in the Hope for Haiti Now telethon was retained by Jean for his own benefit.[9][10]

In 2012, Jean published his memoir Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story.[9] Along with Carlos Santana, Avicii and Alexandre Pires, Jean was chosen to perform the closing ceremony at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Their single, "Dar Um Jeito" ("We Will Find a Way"), the official World Cup anthem, was released on April 29, 2014.



I Pray
I Pray is a song by musical artist Wyclef Jean, released on April 6, 2018.
Sak Kap Fet
Sak Kap Fet is a song by musical artist Wyclef Jean, released on March 1, 2018.
The Christmas Song
The Christmas Song is a song by musical artist Wyclef Jean, released on November 29, 2017.
Spotify Singles
Spotify Singles is an album by musical artist Wyclef Jean, released on September 27, 2017.

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Popular Albums24

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Popular Songs47

Song Appearances & References30

Live Album Appearances & References1

Musical Group References1

Musical Groups4


Minor Film Appearances & References8

TV Shows10

Book References & Influences1

Collaborators & Influencers109

Other Music-Related Relationships13

Personal & Professional Relationships3

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships1

Popular Tours1

Awards & Nominations17


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Spotify - Albums & Singles201


Spotify - Appears On131


Spotify - Top Tracks10


News Articles15

Wyclef Jean talks pop stars, state of hip hop groups in 2018, and more
  –  April 9, 2018
Wyclef Jean is performing this Wednesday at Canopy Club, and ahead of his visit, I got a chance to interview him. He waxed poetic about music passing through the generations, commented on trends in hip hop, and even threw some shade. Jean’s extraordinary ...
Wyclef Jean Speaks On Inspiring Students, Kodak Black & Shaking Up 2018 [Interview]
  –  April 6, 2018
With a new album in the works, Wyclef embarks on a journey to do what no artist has ever done before: scouting students for features across colleges all around the States. If there’s one thing Wyclef knows, it’s talent. Following the footsteps of his ...
Wyclef Jean: 'Philly allowed me to see the dream clearly'
  –  March 28, 2018
When it comes to making hip-hop that cares about integration with the sounds of world music – about what young rappers and students have to say, about immigrant cultures such as the one he came from in Haiti – Wyclef Jean is an avatar. Whether ...
Wyclef drops video for dancehall track
  –  March 28, 2018
Haitian American rapper Wyclef Jean released the video for his first dancehall track I Pray last week. Directed by JJ of Star Imag3 Films, the video was shot while the platinum-selling act was here in Jamaica in January for the Shaggy and Friends charity ...
Q&A: Wyclef Jean Talks “Carnival” Album Series, Working With Women & New Mixtape
  –  March 26, 2018
Celebrating his return to music after eight years, as well as the release of his latest studio album, Wyclef Jean is currently traveling on his Carnival Tour -- his first full tour in 10 years. Establishing himself as a multi-talented musician, Wyclef Jean ...
Wyclef Jean seeks fountain of youthful inspiration in South Florida
  –  March 21, 2018
Grammy-winning performer and producer Wyclef Jean believes the combined creativity, ingenuity and energy of young people in their last few years of high school and early college is a musical, cultural and political force that a society ignores at its peril.
Wyclef Jean goes back to school -- at UML (VIDEO)
  –  March 9, 2018
LOWELL -- "Where's my guitar?" three-time Grammy award winner Wyclef Jean asks on the Durgin Hall stage. The pop superstar gets handed a guitar from the audience, invites a UMass Lowell student on stage, and they both plug in. Wyclef, wearing sunglasses ...
Wyclef Jean ‘Back to School’ at UMass Lowell
  –  March 2, 2018
Three-time Grammy winner Wyclef Jean has been making the rounds at colleges across the country, including a stop at UMass Lowell yesterday, to scope out talent for his latest project, a mixtape dubbed “Wyclef Goes Back to School.” “The idea of the ...
Carnival of Music: Wyclef Jean bringing mixed bag to Englert stage
  –  March 1, 2018
WYCLEF JEAN Grammy-winner Wyclef Jean will bring his fusion of rap, R&B and world music to the Englert Theatre stage on Tuesday night (3/6). He’s been on the music scene for more than two decades, as a founder of the Fugees and now as a solo artist.
Wyclef Jean remembers working with Destiny's Child: 'The work ethic was crazy'
  –  February 21, 2018
Wyclef Jean always knew Destiny’s Child was, well, destined for stardom. “Before any hit,” he tells EW on the 20th anniversary of the pop group’s self-titled debut album, “before any No. 1, remember that I said, ‘They went from a dream to the ...
Concert review: Wyclef Jean outshines Columbus Symphony in this show
  –  February 18, 2018
On one hand, Haitian-born, hip-hop star Wyclef Jean took the stage in the Ohio Theatre in front of the Columbus Symphony Saturday night dressed in tux and bow tie. He was minding "the dress code," he said, gesturing to the formality of the attire of those ...
Wyclef Jean on 'Carnival' history, working with Santana and Bob Dylan
  –  February 15, 2018
Wyclef Jean: 7 p.m. Sunday; Jannus Live, 200 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg; $26; jannuslive.com Twenty years after releasing his Grammy-nominated “The Carnival,” and ten years after its sequel, Wyclef Jean closed out his trilogy. The rapper and former ...
This week’s best concerts: Mary J. Blige, Kelsea Ballerini, Wyclef Jean and more
  –  February 8, 2018
Coming off a debut with three No. 1 singles — Love Me Like You Mean It, Dibs and Peter Pan — it’s no surprise Kelsea Ballerini was feeling the pressure before dropping her sophomore album Unapologetically last fall. "For a while, I was a little bit ...
Soul'd Out announces 2018 lineup, including Erykah Badu, De La Soul and Wyclef Jean
  –  February 7, 2018
The initial lineup for this year's Soul'd Out Festival is out and it's a doozy. Some big names, including Erykah Badu and Wyclef Jean, had been known for some time, but organizers released the first slate of artists for its 2018 iteration and includes ...
DJ's Twitter thread about meeting Wyclef Jean is one of the best things you'll ever see
  –  January 29, 2018
Oftentimes Twitter can be an overwhelmingly negative online hub for complaining, sharing controversial political beliefs, and other hell-ish 280-character vents — but behold, an exception. Today, you should sit back, relax, and read this glorious Twitter ...


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